The Rainbow Pigs by Adrienne
Down the dirt road on the Old Hubbard farm,
Were two twin pigs who lived in a barn.
Tubbs and Clem were piggies who loved to play,
And wiggle their bellies in the dirt and hay.
But life was colorless on the Hubbard farm,
The barnyard was grey, whether snowy or warm.
Tubbs had dark fur that was inky and black,
His sister was white like their favorite grain snack.
The two sibling swine would embark on a tale,
Transforming the farm full color from greyscale.
The story begins on a morning in May,
The pigs were too warm on a hot humid day.
Tubbs and Clem were bored and wanted a mud puddle.
Where they could roll on their backs and blow big brown mud bubbles.
The decided to explore and find a hose,
To make mud they could splash and blow with their nose.
They slipped out of their pen after Farmer said goodbye,
To turn on the water and make mud for their sty.
Clem found the hose and pulled it over to the pen,
While Tubbs turned the faucet all the way up to ten.
The hose got stuck but Clem tried to keep tugging it,
No idea what damage would be caused by lugging it.
Clem yanked the hose one more time with her hoof.
But it was stuck on a shelf with paint stacked to the roof.
With an oink and a grunt, she tripped over herself,
And a can of blue paint tipped off the wood shelf.
The blue paint splashed on the side of the door,
It splattered on the ceiling and spilled on the floor.
Clem panicked and squealed as she wiggled her tail,
She turned ‘round and her hind knocked a yellow paint pail.
The paint can shook as it started to slip,
And it fell on the floor with one final flip.
Clem stomped on the mess she was trying to smother,
But the blue and yellow made glops of green on her brother.
With a gasp and a grunt she tried to push it back,
But a can of red paint fell off of the rack.
The pigs oinked with panic, the spill must be concealed,
Farmer Hubbard would go mad if the mess was revealed.
The paint in the pen had pooled like a lake,
And the hose wrapped around the shelf like a snake.
Clem pulled and Tubbs pushed,
Between their hooves the paint smooshed.
They rushed to clean paint off of the door hinge.
But red and yellow mixed together turned the barn door orange.
They washed and they wiped and used water to rinse,
But even soap couldn’t scrub the stained splatters spotless,
They tried to spread straw on the floor to hide it,
But the blue and red together dyed the hay violet.
Well they heard Farmer whistle, they knew he was near.
He’d make them into bacon unless this mess disappeared.
The farmer got close and they heard the door squeak,
They covered their eyes, too scared to peek.
He bust open the door and his boots stomped through,
He stepped in the paint splatters of red, yellow and blue.
He gasped and was stunned but then stopped and stood silent.
The pig’s eyes grew wide, concerned he’d be violent.
But he didn’t shriek or holler- he just stood there and smiled,
With his eyes growing wide like a puzzled school child.
For the whole barn was in full color. Every shade of the rainbow.
Red, orange yellow, green, violet, blue and indigo.
There was even a spot where the colors had mixed,
The hogs stared at their pen, their eyes were transfixed.
In the middle of the pen was a puddle of muck,
The paint colors mixed together made brown piggy-guck.
And that was the day the farm turned to color,
All the animals were grateful for Clem and her brother.
Clem and Tubbs had all the mud they could dream of,
From one simple slip of paint falling from above.
And old Farmer Hubbard was the happiest of all,
He hugged his Rainbow Pigs, as they would now be called.