The People in My Neighbourhood tells of the misfits in a community including Mrs. Barnsley who keeps a pet ostrich, and Mr. O’Toole who “tries to catch snowflakes with an old fishing rod”. While they each appear strange on their own, together they make a village that will warm your heart.
The People in My Neighbourhood
There are all sorts of people in my neighbourhood.
They could all be characters, straight from Hollywood.
They may seem quite different to everyone else,
but I’d like you to meet them and see for yourself.
Down the road lives Mrs. Barnsley, who some say is just weird.
Her cat wears sunglasses and her dog has a beard.
On the trees in her garden, she swings upsidedown,
and she rides her pet ostrich when she goes into town.
But she healed Mr. Magpie when he’d broken his wings,
now when he flies by, it’s for her that he sings.
She takes walks and reads books with Mr. Cleverley next door,
he uses sticks when he walks and his eyesight’s quite poor.
When you first meet Mr. Cleverley, he may look kind of scary,
with his thick giant eyeglasses and his nose that is hairy.
His fingers and hands are all wrinkled and worn,
and he often wears clothes, that are a little bit torn.
But when Miss Primrose was in a rather large spot of bother,
he was like her magical, fairy godfather.
She was saddened at how poorly her vegetables grew,
he knew loads about plants and taught her just what to do.
Miss Primrose and her garden may seem quite bizarre,
she lives in the middle of it, in a old antique car.
Her sunflowers spurt coconuts, high in the air,
and she uses a pitchfork when combing her hair.
But when Mr. O’Toole needed help, to sing in the choir,
as he was looking quite pale and starting to perspire.
She gently reached over and held tight to his hand,
it made him feel like the star of the band.
Mr. O’Toole just may appear a bit rather odd,
he tries to catch snowflakes with an old fishing rod.
His clothes are too small because his body is so big,
and he wears four brown caterpillars,on his head as a wig.
But he’s strong as an ox and can fix anything,
I even heard he fixed a Queen’s diamond ring.
And when Mrs. Barnsley’s ostrich kept running away,
he built a lovely playhouse where the ostrich now stays.
There are all sorts of people in my neighbourhood,
A collection of characters that are misunderstood.
They may act peculiar, and look unlike you and me,
But their sharing and kindness is what I hope you can see!