There once was a frog
whose name was Fred,
he hopped around
and bounced on his bed.

He hopped to the pond
and went for a swim,
he called for his friends
and they all joined in.

He hopped to the shops
to help out his mum
and she would reward him
with a nice currant bun.

He hopped and jumped
all over the place
with a laugh and a giggle
and a smile on his face.

At night-time he loved
to sit and knit,
he was making a scarf
that would snugly fit,

around his neck
when days were cool,
it gets chilly cold
in that murky old pool.

A thick woolly hat
and some nice warm mitts,
would make him happily
shout “RIBBIT!”

Taken from “The Book Of Loops And Laughter”
Written by Darren Scanlon, 25th February 2014.
Revised 14th October 2015.
© 2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.

Artwork by Angie Caira

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Darren Scanlon

Darren Scanlon was born in 1965 and still lives in the English Northwest.

His sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek humour and writing style has earned him 5 Star Ratings on Amazon for both his novels and his poetry. He has been writing poetry since the age of 16 and is published on many websites including 'High On Poems', where he has received great reviews:

"We at High On Poems are blessed to have found such a treasure as you amongst our midst. Your poetry is thought provoking and shakes one up. You obviously are a powerful wielder of words!"

His work to date includes:

"Hey Up, Matron!", a laugh-out-loud, roller-coaster ride through a day in the life of a NHS hospital ward from the point of view of the long-suffering patients.

Two books into the gritty crime/gangster thriller, the 'Danny Roberts Series' – "Broken Angel" & "Broken Wings".

"Positively Poetic Vol 1, 2, 3 & 4", four volumes of poetry exploring many and various moods and subjects.

"A Mouse’s Tale", an illustrated children’s novel, (based on one of his own poems).

"Alphabet Zoo", an illustrated children’s ABC book.

"The Book Of Loops And Laughter", an illustrated collection of funny poems for children and adults of all ages.

Future projects include:

"Way Back When", a comical look at childhood now and back in the 1970’s and how life has changed.

"Book 3 of the 'Danny Roberts' series.

For full details of all my work, please visit my website,

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