The Fast Lane
Original rhyme • 4-10 yrs • 5 mins • 5/5
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The Fast Lane
Upon a busy roadside edge,
Beside a green and bushy hedge,
A little hedgehog stood in fear,
For it had reached the time of year,
To learn her hedgehog highway codes,
And practice crossing busy roads.
‘I don’t know why,’ she said at last,
‘These things are moving quite so fast,’
‘These things are cars, my dear,’ said mum,
‘They move the humans on their bum,
To every single part of town.
They like to travel sitting down,’
The little hedgehog looked bemused,
And said to mum, ‘but I’m confused.
Why don’t the humans walk instead,
Of travelling in bits of lead?’
‘I don’t know, dear, but they just do,
So I am here to guide you through,
Your hedgehog highway code exam,
And stop you turning into jam,’
The mother promptly turned around,
And picked some items off the ground,
Then said, ‘before we start the test,
Put on this yellow safety vest,
Make sure your helmet’s fastened tight,
And place your goggles on just right.
The little hog put on the gear,
Then mother said, ‘OK, my dear,
There is one thing you need to see,
That’s shown to every hog trainee,
Watch closely, now, and please sit still,’
While I perform the safety drill.’
Her mother counted back from five,
Then plunged into a headfirst dive,
And elegantly broke her fall,
By scrunching in a tiny ball.