The Shortest Day
There was Jacinta, Cassandra and May.
With heights reaching about seven feet
they were the tallest of the family Day.
Their parents too had a great stature,
dad six-foot-two and their mum nearly six.
But Dreyfus, the runt, couldn’t catch her.
He was knee-high to a grasshopper.
One of his sisters teased him a great deal;
despite many pleas, no one could stop her.
The situation became madder and madder:
he increased in age but not body elevation;
to speak to his parents he needed a ladder.
And so all the relatives had a plan of attack.
To add to the size of the vertically challenged
he had to be stretched on a wooden rack.
They all wanted to see the result of the test.
When measured at last, this miniscule boy
of the Day family, he was still the shortest.
© Luigi Pagano 2014