by Neal Levin
My snowman had a lemon nose
And lemons for his ears.
His eyes were made of lemon slices,
Hair of lemon spears.
His teeth were candy lemon drops
That smiled in the shade,
But then the sun came out and turned him
Copyright © 2004 Neal Levin. From the book Rolling in the Aisles. Meadowbrook Press. Reprinted by permission of the author.
I often enjoy writing poems that have punchlines, so they’re not just poems, they’re also little jokes. Ideally, the punchline should be a surprise, but it should also make sense. When I wrote this poem, I was trying to think of something that would change form but end up as something unexpected. When a snowman melts it naturally turns into water. But if part of the snowman was made of lemons, then when it melted it would turn into water with lemons, or lemonade. Wouldn’t it be fun if snowmen really did turn into lemonade? Then you could enjoy the snowmen in the winter when it’s cold and save the lemonade for the summer when it’s hot!
Neal Levin is a freelance children’s writer and illustrator. His poems have been published in a dozen anthologies, including Rolling In the Aisles (Meadowbrook Press), Think Positive For Kids (Chicken Soup For the Soul Publishing), and Poems To Learn by Heart (Disney/Hyperion). He has also written both poetry and fiction for several national magazines ranging from Highlights For Children to The Saturday Evening Post. For his day job, Neal teaches cartooning workshops for kids in southeastern Michigan. To find out more, visit his website at: www.neallevin.com