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Gaptooth Charlie

Gaptooth Charlie went to the well
To fetch some water in his big old pail.
Looked down the well and what did he see?
Moon in the water as plain as could be.

Gaptooth Charlie scratched his jaw
"I never seen the moon down there before.
Reck’n that moon be good to drink
Better make a move 'cos she might sink."

Gaptooth Charlie lowered his rope
Down where the silver moon did float.
Pulled it up and what did he see?
Moon in the water plain as could be.

Gaptooth Charlie opened wide
The moon went sliding down inside.
He wiped his mouth and nodded his head
"Mighty fine drink," was all he said.

Moon didn't like it much down there
Kicked and yelled like a rabbit in a snare
She huffed and puffed and blew and blew
Split old Gaptooth right in two.

Moon went home and Gaptooth said
"Where did I put that needle and thread?"
Took both halves indoors and then
Sewed himself together again.

Gaptooth Charlie went to the well
To fetch some water in his big old pail.
Looked down the well and what did he see?
Sun in the water as plain as could be.
Gaptooth Charlie shook his head
"I ain't doing that again," he said.

--Emmanuel W., Adult