1. Spade 2. Sail 3. Kite 4. Anodyne (pain-killer) 5. Waif 6. Percussive (shocked, appalling) 7. Skein (tangle, flock) 8. Flimsy 9. Zero 10. Magnify 11. Powder 12. Awry
The waif sat digging in the sandpile
With her trusty spade she began
To make a tasty cake
For her daddy’s evening meal …
She used some talcum powder
To decorate her loving offer
Then placing it out to dry,
She ran to play with her sail boat
In the sparkling bird bath.
The cake soon fell apart
As it dried in the summer warmth,
Her mother heard her wail
So sought out an anodyne.
She suggested she fly her kite,
She showed her a skein of birds,
But these flimsy offerings seemed to magnify
The sadness that she felt.
Then her grandmother came to her
And took her into the kitchen,
The three ladies of the house,
Made a chocolate cake for dinner.
This time the cake was different
‘Twas rich and dark and sweet
Nothing went awry
And Daddy had his treat.