COSMO:

 

                    Lead the way!

 

NARRATOR:

 

                                                Cosmo said to the crow on his left.

                    (The righthand crow sighed, clearly feeling bereft.)

 

CROW 1:

 

                    Off you go to the right!

 

NARRATOR:

 

                                                            And so on Cosmo walks,

                    Still stalking his way through the unending stalks.

                    Then imagine how quickly his hope was reborn

                    When he turned the next corner, and didn’t see corn!

 

                    A huge concrete staircase appeared in the lane,

                    As if leading down to an underground train.

 

CROW 1:

 

                    Well, here’s one way to leave!

 

CROW 2:

 

                                                                        Hope things work out okay!

 

NARRATOR:

 

                    And Cosmo called

 

COSMO:

 

                                                    Thanks!

 

NARRATOR:

 

                                                                    as the crows flew away.

 

                    As Cosmo went down, he could feel the vibration

                    That came from the train pulling into the station.

                    It made a loud screeching as slowly it stopped.

                    The doors rattled open, and in Cosmo hopped.

 

(On the train is a bald man with a long beard, wearing a robe and playing with a yo-yo. There is also an elephant wearing a fez.)

 

COSMO:

 

                    Do you mind if I sit in this seat?

 

NARRATOR:

 

                                                                        Cosmo said

                    To an elephant, wearing a fez on his head.

ELEPHANT:

 

                    Be my guest!

 

NARRATOR:

 

                                            he replied, as he opened the locks

                    On his super-enormous Ted Todman lunchbox.

 

COSMO:

 

                    I’m appearing on that show tonight!

 

NARRATOR:

 

                                                                                Cosmo said

                    As the elephant swallowed a loaf of French bread.

 

ELEPHANT:

 

                    You’re in show business too!

 

NARRATOR:

 

                                                                        he exclaimed in reply

                    As he wolfed down twelve beets and a gooseberry pie.

 

(As the dialog occurs, the train comes above ground and is running on an elevated rail. It is raining outside, and the train crosses a bridge. In the river below, we see a garbage barge floating by.)

 

COSMO:

 

                    What show are you in?

 

NARRATOR:

 

                                                            Cosmo asked his friend Jumbo

                    Who washed down six scones with a big bowl of gumbo.

 

ELEPHANT:

 

                    The circus!

 

NARRATOR:

 

                                            he sputtered between bites of cheese,

                    And pickles and pancakes and pasta and peas.

 

                    Then he looked hard at Cosmo while licking his plate.

 

ELEPHANT:

 

                    We show business folk have to keep up our weight.

                    Would you care for a peanut? Or popcorn to munch?

 

COSMO:

 

                    Well, I didn’t make room in my schedule for lunch.

                    I must thank you kindly for sharing your store,

                    But I’m not sure which I have an appetite for...

 

NARRATOR:

 

                    So:

                    As regards Cosmo’s weight, he has nothing to lose.

                    The peanut or popcorn snack? Which do you choose?

 

peanut

 

popcorn

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