FARMER BROWN'S MENAGERIE
by Max Reif
Brown woke up at the crack of dawn, washed his face, pulled
on his overalls, gulped down a cup of coffee, and walked outside in
the early morning light, pail in hand, to go and milk his…tigers!
An hour or so later, Farmer Brown was
laying all battered and bruised, and very muddy, on the ground. Butbeside
him was his big aluminum pail, filled to the very top with fresh tigers'
Farmer Brown wasn't able to lie there
and nurse his wounds for very long, because by the time the sun got
to the top of the sky at noon, he had to get over to another part
of his farmover by the riverso he could collect the eggs
from underneath his…crocodiles!
Well, about an hour after noon you could
find Farmer Brown stretched flat out on the ground once again. This
time he felt like every bone in his body had been crushed into pulp.
Butbeside him on the ground were his big pail of tigers'
milk and a large basket full of huge, white crocodile eggs.
Farmer Brown scratched his head. "I
never knowed bein' a farmer was supposed to be this hard!" he said
out loud as he pulled himself to a sitting position. But he still
didn't have time to sit there for very long. Before the sun went down
in the sky that evening he had to get over to still a different
part of his farmover where the big trees wereso he could
shear the wool off of his...gorillas!
Just before sunset, Farmer Brown was
yet again laying stretched out on the groundthis time completely
senseless. But...around him in a circle were his big pail of tigers'
milk, his big basket of crocodile eggs, and a great big bag stuffed
to the very top with Grade-A gorilla wool!
Soon Farmer Brown woke up. "I must
be doin' somethin' wrong!" he muttered as he slowly pulled
himself to his feet.
Farmer Brown picked up the pail of tigers'
milk in one hand. He lifted the basket of crocodile eggs and cradled
it against his chest. Finally, he slung the bag of gorilla wool over
his shoulder. Still muttering to himself, he began limping slowly
down the road toward home.
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