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A Children’s Story Poem for Easter, 2020

April 12, 2020


Easter Greetings!


For most of us, the first poems we heard were nursery rhymes and other rhymed stories from children’s books. Perhaps, additionally, when we were quite young, we might have encountered poetry in children’s magazines. To mark not only this 12th day of National Poetry Month, but also Easter, I am re-sharing with you a poem for children’s enjoyment during this Easter Sunday. To reflect this year of 2020, I revised the story poem a little. Also, instead of including the names of eleven little cousins and one special friend, the names of twelve little cousins and one special friend are used for the characters in this story poem. In the midst of these extraordinary times, our extended family welcomed heartily baby Hunter who now also has a place in the following.


Caden, the Cardinal, and His Easter in the Woods


a poetic story for children


by Alice Jane-Marie Massa


Shortly before sunrise on Easter morning,

Caden, the Cardinal, was happily singing:

“Purdy-purdy-purdy, tweet-tweet.”

Looking down from a branch on the Willow tree,

Caden, the Cardinal, spotted a soft, little lamb.


“Oh, Mr. Cardinal, your song sounds so sweet.”


“Thank you , Miss Lamb,

I am vocalizing–practicing–

on this Easter morning, for the sunrise service

at the lovely lake at the edge of the wood.

What are you doing in this wood?”


“I am Lanie, the Lamb.

I was playing here with my cousin,

but I have lost him–without question.”


“Possibly, he went to the lake.

Follow my flight, we’ll arrive in a shake.”


As the sun was rising higher in the sky,

Caden and Lanie made their way through the wood.

Then, a bunny hopped onto the path and said “Hi!

Where are you going?”


“I am Lanie, the Lamb. Good morning!

I am following that Cardinal to the lake.

Would you like to hop along?

Just follow his song.”


“My name is Tyson, the Bunny.

I am happy to join the two of you.”


From above, Caden, the Cardinal, sang,

“Please join us for the Sunrise Service, too.”


Hopping along their wooded way,

the trio met a deer named Trey.

Tyson, the Bunny, wasted no time.

He asked, “Would you like to come with us to the edge of the wood?

The Easter Service at the lake should be quite good.”


“Oh, yes, I am Trey, the Fawn.

Let’s hurry to the lake.

It’s almost dawn!”


“Purdy-purdy-purdy, tweet-tweet!”

Hurry, hurry! Hurry, scurry!


“Stop! What’s the rush?”

asked a little red pup.

Trey Fawn promptly replied,

“Come with us to the lake if you can keep up.”


Running alongside the foursome,

The little red pup rapidly said:

“I am Harper, the puppy.

Of course, I’ll keep up.”


“I am coming, too!” yelled Hunter, the best little Beagle.

“I’ll keep up: I am as fast as an eagle!”


At the edge of the wood,

Caden, the Cardinal caught sight of the lake

and also spotted another lamb–it was no mistake.

When Lanie, the Lamb,

saw her cousin Luca at the lake,

she bleated with glee.

“Ba-a, ba-a, cousin, it’s me!”


From the nearby farm,

three more little puppies came running–

Gracie, Isabella, and Emma Kay–

all with pink ribbons–so stunning.

Hunter was so happy to see his littermates!

All tails were waving and wagging.


Finally, they all looked toward the lake on this fine Easter Day

and saw Emmilyn, the Mallard, who was ready to say:

“Before Caden, the Cardinal, leads us in song,

from all of my Mallard family,

Welcome, welcome–I’m so glad you could come.

here, at the lake, where we all belong.

With Mia and Mateo at my side,

Let us all now pray.

Felices Pascuas Floridas,

Buona Pasqua.

Thank you, God,

for this woods and this world;

and bless all of its creatures

with good health and good cheer.

Happy Easter Morning!

Happy Easter Day!”


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Best Wishes for a Happy, healthy, and Blessed Easter while you are “Safer at Home”!

Alice and Leader Dog Willow (who wants a major role in the next draft of my story)


April 12, 2020, Easter Sunday



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  1. Dear Alice,
    Thanks so much for revising this delightful poem to include the newest little one in our family—Hunter Daniel. I hope that some day his eyes will “light up” when he hears his own name, just the way Caden’s did! How memorable for the cousins to be the stars in one of your special poems!
    Hoping you and Willow are having a joyous Easter Day!
    Love, Mary

  2. Alice, this is adorable. I hope you’ll get this published someday. It would be great with illustrations. I hope you had a good holiday, all things considered.

    • Abbie–Many thanks for your comment and “like” on this post!  I will polish the piece a bit more and then think more about what you kindly suggested.

      Take care–Alice

  3. Carole permalink

    Alice–another excellent poem and what fun for the children to be featured in this holiday story!
    Blessings and love to you and Willow!
    The Morgans

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