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TONU DAY SPECIAL
Tonu Tap Shoes
A beat pounding through the earth,
Comes rushing as urgent news.
A clumsy charade Tonu play,
With their tap shoes.
They gather among the dancers,
Horns shining a glow.
The Tonu begin their stretches,
Backs into arcs and touching their toes.
An innovation are the shoes,
Giving new life to each beat.
Gracefully tied, with ribbon of gold,
Immersing the Tonu's feet.
The Tonu begin their performance,
Clapping in time to the melody.
Be it anxiety and over-confidence,
The shoes are the wondrous remedy.
Shuffling around the stage,
Choreographed to the last note.
The Tonu's shoes just tap along,
Singing the song they wrote.
A soft chuckle here and there,
The Tonu Tappers rejoice!
If not for those amazing shoes,
Their feet would lose their voice!
Life as a Tonu Gnome
Beyond the sigh of willow's bough,
Where breeze doth serenade.
So stands a haven, sunlit realm,
A hidden, dew-kissed glade.
Amongst the rush of grasses green,
One notes a gleam of brown.
A hat that aches, pointing up,
Then idly, drops down.
A merry smile fixed in place,
If low your glance should roam.
The hat atop a grinning face,
That of a Tonu gnome.
Each golden day is met with glee,
That smile will not drift.
In place it stays, so much like him,
For from here he cannot shift.
To live life as a Tonu Gnome,
A happy one, at that.
Results in stationary pose,
Crowned by that pointed hat.
The sunbeams dance on horn's great tip,
Until the moonlight sneaks.
The Happy Tonu Gnome stands still,
And not one word, he speaks.
Jolly shoes that shield his toes,
Might tap out merry beat.
And yet he doesn't move an inch,
So motionless, his feet.
To watch the daylight come and go,
To watch the moonlight fade.
The Tonu gnome does witness all,
While frozen, in the glade.
Tonu, A Limerick
One bright sunny day I was walking
Heard the birds and Tyrannians talking
When amidst all the sound
I felt on the ground
The thud and the thump of him stalking!
I turned with a glance to whoever
Was involved in such a noisy endeavor
When I saw with a fright
That straight to my right
Was a horn that no weapon could sever!
Attached to that horn was a Tonu
With a gaze that pierced me straight through
His rampage was blocked
And I was quite shocked
To find him willing to trample me, too!
A great ruff of fur kept him puffing
A mumble of food he was huffing
I realized with fear
That I was much too near
To a Tonu long deprived of stuffing!
I dove down to my left with a cry
To get away from that large passer-by
He ran past with a leap
I ducked and yelled, "Meep!"
As his great hooves just barely went high.
In a cloud of plateau dust, he was gone
But my fears were not so soon withdrawn
For as I climbed to my feet
I saw through the heat
The whole herd I'd just stumbled upon!
The Jealous Tonu
Gerry was jealous: what can I say?
He fumed and he stomped around all day.
In his rage he bounced around the halls,
"Why can't it be TONU and the Fungus Balls?"
"I'm better than he! Just you wait and see!
I can beat that game with such ease!
There's not a single game with a Tonu name,
And that's going to change, if you please!"
So he marched to the game room in fury,
And he lifted his voice quite a bit:
"There's got to be a Tonu game!
Or I'm going to have a fit!"
And a Chomby walked over, quite startled in fact,
"There's no need to be upset.
If you make your own game with a Tonu name,
Then so mad you won't have to get."
Gerry thought of this long,
And he thought of this hard.
Could what he had said become true?
So he made up his game with a Tonu name,
And it was known as The Bravest Tonu!
So come Tonu day, you'll find Gerry there,
Playing with all that he's got.
He made it so well that still to this day,
He hasn't beaten it yet!
Tonu sits silent, awaiting the spring
Alone on a snow-ridden hill
Waiting, so patient, for sunlight to bring
The first sweet spring-flyer's trill.
From the tip of his horn to the base of his tail
He shivers with gleeful delight
The morning will dawn; darkness will fail
And the world will be painted in light.
The first shaft of colour streaks 'cross view
Tonu, wide-eyed, holds breath while
The sky takes on shades of every hue
Across face is etched such a smile!
And, with a chorus of song to greet
The sun rears up in the sky
The shadows of winter at last claim defeat
Springflowers unfold before eye.
Out come the children, leaves in their hair
Laughter fills every nook
Streams go bubbling, cheery and fair
In the pattern that last spring's streams took.
Tonu sits silent, alone on a hill
Now covered in grass wet with dew
Watching, while magic takes over until
The world's bright with Springtime anew.
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