The Wild Kapoo
The funniest thing that a kid can do
is talk face-to-face with a Wild Kapoo.
Kapoos are strange birds 'cause they're really not birds.
They snore and they tap dance and play tricks with words.
They speak in tongue twisters and sometimes in rhyme.
They love to mix kids up. They have a great time.
They sing funny songs and they swing in tall trees
and they play volleyball as they hang from their knees.
They're short, fat and round and they're covered with hair,
and their six-foot long tails stick straight up in the air.
They look rather strange with their feet on the ground
'cause their bottoms stick up and their ups -- they stick down.
Kapoo families are so close they stick close as glue.
Their last names are the same and their first names are too.
They live their lives in an unusual way
because their favorite thing is to KAPOO all day.
Shaun met a Kapoo in the local town zoo.
It was eighty degrees and the sky was bright blue.
The Kapoo was KAPOOING in his regular way
and Shaun was quite shocked by his zany display.
"What are you doing?" she asked in a nice way.
"I'm KAPOOING!" he answered, "I do this all day."
"Well, what is KAPOOING?" she asked with a smile.
"It's what I am doing. Don't I do it with style?"
"If that's what you call style then I can't really say
because I've never seen you KAPOO 'til today.
Please explain what it is then I'm sure I could tell
whether you KAPOO badly or you KAPOO well."
He studied her carefully then turned upside down
which turned his big smile to a serious frown.
"I'll tell you," he said "what KAPOOING's about,
but then you must promise not to let it out.
It's a closely held secret in the land of KAPOO.
If it ever gets out, I don't know what we'd do.
Most Kapoos would tell you what KAPOOING is NOT!
They will say what it's NOT to confuse you a lot.
Kids know how to KAPOO even though they're not told
but they always forget how to when they grow old.
KAPOOING's not climbing or hanging in trees
or running or singing or buzzing like bees.
But I won't put your poor little brain in a fizz.
I will simply tell you what KAPOOING is.
KAPOOING is doing what makes others smile,
what makes people happy - at least for a while.
Once you've KAPOOed someone it's easy to see
that you're the KAPOOer - they're the KAPOOee.
The greatest KAPOOer of all KAPOOkind
was Magruder Magruder of the Magruder line.
He taught us that LOVE was the name of the game,
and now he is in the KAPOO Hall of Fame.
Now here’s some advice that was given to me
when I started KAPOOING at the young age of three.
When you start KAPOOING, remember this rhyme
and you’ll leave a joyful KAPOOee each time.
IF IT BRINGS A SMALL SMILE OR ERASES A POUT
OR DRIES UP A TEAR — THEN KAPOO YOUR HEART OUT!”
Shaun thought about this for a good little while.
Then she turned around slowly and started to smile.
She planned KAPOO plans — she could not wait to start.
She wanted to try to patch up broken hearts.
The Kapoo had told Shaun she would slowly forget
just how to KAPOO, but she hasn’t stopped yet,
because she’s still KAPOOING and making a name.
In fact, she is in the KAPOO Hall of Fame.