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To Be Or Not To Be
Rhyming children's story for ages 4 - 9. Old Miss Peahop is terrified when she thinks a bee is after her.
[768 words]
Debra Phillips
I consider myself the author without a genre. Not only do I love to write poetry and children stories, but I am the author of the recently released romance novel, Kiss Or Keep.
[January 2000]
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To Be Or Not To Be
Debra Phillips

                       To Bee Or Not To Bee


                            Debra Phillips

One warm summer day, with her husband away
Mrs. Peahop was in the mood for a chat
so she fetched her cane, but before she could strut
she plucked a flower to stick in her hat

Then off she went, without a squint
all perky and filled with glee
and it wasn"t long for her to catch on
that she was being followed by a bee

“Oh no,” Peahop cried, her eyes so wide
as she swatted in the heat of the sun
but little good it did, the bug was so big
so she kicked up her heels to run

She was huffing and puffing
with that bee still so near
“Go away!” she shouted, so plain and clear
and she swung her purse
but all she hit was her ear

- 2 -

Huge, round, all furry and brown
with wings so fast and clear
and to be stung by a bee
that looked like he,
The thought filled Peahop with fear

Then came a big black crow
and wouldn’t you know
he was looking for something to eat
and he thought that the bee
the one he could see
would make such a tasty treat

Peahop was puffing and running
and swinging and swatting
her purse and cane in the air
doing the best she could
to keep the flying pest
from landing somewhere in her hair

Up the street they all zoomed
all wild in a tizzy
and running so hard
poor Peahop felt dizzy

She plowed through ‘Ole lady Myers
the town’s begging hag
and knocked over the mailman
and oops! scattered his bag

Some mail went high
some mail went low
and some of the mail
landed on top of the crow

- 3 -

“Oh help, help me,
 somebody please!”
“Don’t let me get stung
by this dreadful bee!”

Oh the panic in her eyes
and the terror in her face
she stepped on a cat’s tail
and it too gave her chase

Peahop was so frightened
and from what she could see
barking dogs coming her way
not one, not two, but three

Surely she drew a curious crowd
with the bee flying, the cat scratching
and those dogs barking
Just a tad too loud

“Help, help,” she shrieked
“Can’t someone see?!”
“I’m about to be stung
by a killer bee!”

Eddie, the policeman
galloped up on his horse
“Stop right there!”, he ordered
in his useless voice

He took up his billy stick
and swatted at the bee
but knocked himself out
when his horse hit a tree
- 4 -

But the bee kept on chasing
and the cat and the crow
and one dog bit Peahop
on the tip of her big toe

“Oh help!”, cried Peahop
“Can somebody help, please!”
“Don’t let me be stung
by the likes of this bee!”

Swatting the air with her trusty cane
Peahop looked surely, like a woman insane
but the bug was too fast
as it darted here and there
It was zipping and darting and everywhere

Through the open door of the market
Old Peahop kicked and ran
with the bee at her head
along with the rest of the clan

Running so hard
she didn’t bother to look
and crashed into stacked cans
and some fell on her good foot

Mr. Green, the owner, who wasn’t too far
was quick to come running
and bringing a jar
he saw Peahop all frazzled to a tee
the crow on her head
trying to peck at that bee

- 5 -

Mr. Green swatted the bug
and it fell to the floor
in the jar he placed it
where it could threaten no more

“Well I’ll be darn,”
said Green with shock
“This ain’t no bee, Mrs. Peahop.
Why it’s really a moth.”

“Nonsense!” huffed Peahop
“I will not be fooled.
“I learned about the likes bees
while still a lad in school.”

“Well, I beg to differ,”
announced Mr. Green
“You been chased by a moth,”
“And it’s a fact it seems.”

All eyes went to staring
to see if it was true
that a moth could fly and act
just like a real bee can do

“A king bee,” said Mr. Green
“A Hawkmoth for short.
This bug could never sting you
he’s just not the sort.”

“This time you’ve been fooled
that much is true, by and by
But this Hawkmoth here
is more like a plump butterfly.”

- 6 -

“Well I’ll be fiddlesticks”,
Peahop’s face was all grin
she felt so small and silly
for running like the wind

“Next time I’ll be more careful,
of every flying bug I see.
It may be black or brown and furry,
but might not be a bee.”

The dogs and crow slipped away,
in search of tasty meals
the cat slinked away to nap
on it’s favorite window sill
Mr. Green took the jar outside
and let the Hawkmoth fly away
to look for nectar of flowers
to help sweeten up its day
   The End

NOTE: Though there are other varieties of Hawkmoths,
the King’s Bee Hawkmoth with its robust, furry brown body and clear wings, is often mistaken
for a bee. It has the ability to hover in the air,
and dart from flower to flower, which is how
it became known as the ‘bee mimic’.



"Your comical story's comical charm also is informative by introducing the bee mimic. Certainly, it would make very a very active picture book with Peahop running everywhere. There are a few places that might need a little attention but overall the rhythm is good. Check on the verse that begins "Nonsense," near the ending. That was a little unclear. It appears Peahop is speaking thoughout the paragraph but mentions "as a lad," which this lady could not have been. It may be just a case of punctuation. A very lively read... reminds me to the Amelia Bedelia series. Keep at it. Your descriptions are imaginative and colorful. " -- Stephanie Mckinney.
" This is clever...good rhyme. I am glad that there are some of us left, not afraid of rhyming for children! I am in a critique group that is continually saying "watch out for rhyming-Editors don't like it!" Well the children LOVE it and it also helps them learn, so I say rhyme on!! I would love it if you read my stories here - and tell me what you think!" -- christine tricarico.


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