Yes, Archie has a big green face
And his garden is a beautiful place
When it feels hot as the sun shines bright
On go the sprinklers, it’s quite a sight!
This Artichoke has many friends, that’s a fact for sure
When one feels sad or lonely, he has just the cure
He may act understanding or he may be silly indeed,
To see his friends happy again, he’ll give them what they need.
It may be they’re just tired from playing in the weeds.
1) ARTICHOKE: YOU’RE A FUNNY BLOKE !
Archie is a funny guy
You might ask and wonder why
He often tells stories and rhymes that are cute
And makes others laugh from their top to their root.
Now other Artichokes may tell stories as well
And come up with rhymes clear as a bell
But Archie just seems to have a knack
His wit, some say, is sharp as a tack.
2) ARTICHOKE: CAN YOU SPARE A DIME I’M BROKE ?
Archie never has much money
He’d rather have a day that’s sunny
To play and frolic to him is best
North and south, east and west.
But a helping hand he’ll gladly lend
It doesn’t matter, stranger or friend
For instance he feels good all over
Helping Mrs. Celery through the clover.
3) ARTICHOKE: ARE YOU SLEEPING OR AWOKE ?
Artichokes can really sleep
Is that a secret you can keep?
When they get tired all they do
Is count red radishes two by two.
Some of you may think of sheep
When it’s your time to go to sleep
But Archie isn’t at all that way
He’d rather count vegetables any day.
4) ARTICHOKE: DO YOU LIKE TO SHOWER OR SOAK ?
Archie can play in the bathtub forever
He makes shapes in the suds that are really quite clever
Animals, people, vegetables and fruit
A boat and a train that I thought I heard toot.
Artichokes can swim, yes indeed, you bet!
They love diving deep and getting all wet
You must always be careful in the tub or the pool
The water feels great, whether warm or cool.
5) ARTICHOKE: ARE YOU THIRSTY, YES OR NOPE ?
Archie and all plants sometimes must drink
Is that what you thought, is that what you think?
At times their thirst in the garden needs quenching
When the sprinklers come on they get quite a drenching.
All plants are living, haven’t you heard?
As alive as a horse or a cat or a bird
That is why plants need water and care
Without these small gifts they can look quite bare.
6) ARTICHOKE: IS THAT FRED I JUST HEARD CROAK ?
Archie met a frog named Fred
And this is what to him was said:
“I fell off my log, how clumsy of me
and now I’m all dirty, can’t you see?
I’d like to clean my skin so green
Can I jump into your washing machine?”
Now Archie was shocked to hear of Fred’s plight
And lent him his washer all day and all night.
7) ARTICHOKE: COMING HOME TO MEET YOUR FOLKS !
Archie calls his folks back home
For this he uses a tiny cellphone
They always say “You’re such a dear”
They sound as if they’re very near.
Archie may ask “Well how are you too?
Please tell me what’s what and if it is new.”
He always likes calling whenever he can
Or he may write a card with paper and pen.
8) ARTICHOKE: HAVE YOU LATELY HEARD A JOKE ?
Some Artichokes can never tell
A funny story very well
They may tell a story once in a while
But say the words without much style.
Now Archie can do most anything
He may tell a joke or dance or sing
He’s always doing something new
In that way he’s a lot like you.
9) ARTICHOKE: IS THERE A CAMPFIRE IN THAT SMOKE ?
It’s fun to sit ‘round a big campfire
Until late at night when all will tire
Archie and friends sit for hours telling tales
Stories with everything from ghosts to whales.
The flames of the fire seem to dance all around
Making crackling noises and snapping sounds
The heat from the fire warms all of the fellows
While they listen to stories and roasting marshmallows.
10) ARTICHOKE: COME TO BREAKFAST, OLD SLOW POKE !
Breakfast is a very important meal
As important as spokes on a bicycle wheel
It helps you to start when the day’s just begun
So you’ll be already to jump, skip and run.
Now Archie likes breakfast each morning at dawn
As the sun starts to rise he lets out a yawn
And stretches all over and scratches and squirms
Then sits down to eat with his friends, the worms.
11) ARTICHOKE: THAT’S A WALNUT OR AN OAK !
Archie likes hiking through the trees
It’s peaceful and quiet usually
He and his friends walk down the trail
Over the hill and through the dale.
The trees are so tall and their branches so long
It makes them all feel like singing a song
It’s hard to believe that when trees are born
They all start the size of a tiny acorn.
12) ARTICHOKE: BATHING SUITS AND SWIMMING STROKES !
Artichokes don’t wear fancy clothes
Sometimes a hat or perhaps a few bows
Archie however can often be seen
Wearing polka dot shorts or designer jeans.
He’ll sometimes make quite a stir
Before he enters the water
The swimming suits you’ll see him wear
Get smiles and snickers and quite a few stares.