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Poems: How Many Barks Are In A Dog?




O’ best beloved,

How high can you count?

One, two, three…

We spend lots of time counting what we can count

Can you count how much you can count?

Socks in the drawer?

Peas on the plate?

Teeth in you gums?

Pinecones in the park?

One, two, three?


How many days until your birthday?

How many toes can you wiggle?

Ow

How many toys are in your room?

How many stuffed friends can you hug?

How many naps will you nap?


O’ best beloved, tell me please:

Can you count how much you are loved?


Can you count how many barks are in a dog?

How many purrs can a kitty-cat purr?

Are there as many roars as a lion can roar?

Or songs a birdie can sing?

How many neighs are in a horse?

How many bananas can a monkey eat?

How many buzzes in a bee?


Can you count how many splashes are in a puddle?

Or squeaks in a mouse?

Growls in a bear?

Suds in a bath?

Winks in an eyelash?

Dreams in a sleep?

Sneezes in a nose?

Quacks in a duck?

Grrrs a tiger can grrr?


Can you count them, one by one?

One, two, three…


How many smells are in a skunk?

How many moos are in a cow?

Or squeals in a pig?

Rings in a bell?

Twinkles in a star?

Tickles in a chin?


O’ best beloved

Can you count how much you are loved?


Are there as many bubbles as a whale can bubble?

Or how many times can a dolphin leap with his friends?

How many honks are in a goose flying above?

How many raindrops fall to the earth?

How many colors does a rainbow shine?

How many whispers in the dark?

How many prayers in a sigh?


Can you count them, one by one?


How many sips are in a cup?

Or tastes in your apple?

How many steps are in your feet?

How many dances will you dance?

How many touches are in your hands?

How many words are in a mouth?

How many smiles will you smile?

How many hugs are in your grandma’s arms?

How many kisses are in her heart?


How many are there, o’ little one?

O’ best beloved,

How high can you count?

One, two, three…

More than three?


Can you count how many tears a little girl will cry when she is sad?

Or giggles giggled when she is glad?


Count them all, one by one

How high can you count?

Still, can your counting ever be enough

For you to count just how much you are loved?

Just So


O’ best beloved,

How high can you count?

One, two, three…

We spend lots of time counting what we can count

Can you count how much you can count?

Socks in the drawer?

Peas on the plate?

Teeth in you gums?

Pinecones in the park?

One, two, three?


How many days until your birthday?

How many toes can you wiggle?

Ow

How many toys are in your room?

How many stuffed friends can you hug?

How many naps will you nap?


O’ best beloved, tell me please:

Can you count how much you are loved?


Can you count how many barks are in a dog?

How many purrs can a kitty-cat purr?

Are there as many roars as a lion can roar?

Or songs a birdie can sing?

How many neighs are in a horse?

How many bananas can a monkey eat?

How many buzzes in a bee?


Can you count how many splashes are in a puddle?

Or squeaks in a mouse?

Growls in a bear?

Suds in a bath?

Winks in an eyelash?

Dreams in a sleep?

Sneezes in a nose?

Quacks in a duck?

Grrrs a tiger can grrr?


Can you count them, one by one?

One, two, three…


How many smells are in a skunk?

How many moos are in a cow?

Or squeals in a pig?

Rings in a bell?

Twinkles in a star?

Tickles in a chin?


O’ best beloved

Can you count how much you are loved?


Are there as many bubbles as a whale can bubble?

Or how many times can a dolphin leap with his friends?

How many honks are in a goose flying above?

How many raindrops fall to the earth?

How many colors does a rainbow shine?

How many whispers in the dark?

How many prayers in a sigh?


Can you count them, one by one?


How many sips are in a cup?

Or tastes in your apple?

How many steps are in your feet?

How many dances will you dance?

How many touches are in your hands?

How many words are in a mouth?

How many smiles will you smile?

How many hugs are in your grandma’s arms?

How many kisses are in her heart?


How many are there, o’ little one?

O’ best beloved,

How high can you count?

One, two, three…

More than three?


Can you count how many tears a little girl will cry when she is sad?

Or giggles giggled when she is glad?


Count them all, one by one

How high can you count?

Still, can your counting ever be enough

For you to count just how much you are loved?

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