Lucas and Rufus

Lucas and Rufus were twins
That is where our story begins,
They lived in the dark
At the side of the park,
Waiting for Spring to begin.

Their feet were cosy and covered
Four inches of soil had them cloistered,
As the wind howled overhead
And rain fell on the bed
No hurry for Spring to begin.

One day the sun shone for an hour
The roots pushed with great effort and power,
One by one, Lucas and Rufus appeared
“Rhubarb rhubarb” they cheered,
“It looks like we’re heading for Spring”!

Lucas and Rufus worked fast
Nothing they did was third class
Their leaves did expand
Twice the size of a hand
And their stalks were stretching for Spring.

Lucas and Rufus blushed red
More stalks were filling the bed
Time to make tart
For the house keeper’s sweetheart
Rhubarb is best in the Spring.

Lucas and Rufus were twins
Now scrubbed and cubed
In a tart they were stewed
Lucas knew the Spring had sprung
and Rufus knew Spring had begun!

The In Just Spring Contest gave me the inspiration for this little effort.

I didn’t think it was quite right as a children’s poem, it might turn the little’uns off eating rhubarb, so did not enter the tight deadline.

9 thoughts on “Lucas and Rufus

  1. Susanna Leonard Hill

    This is delightful! You might be right – not quite childish 🙂 – but entertaining, creative, and well-written. I enjoyed it! And now I want strawberry rhubarb pie 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  2. Rummuser

    And that effort resulted in some fantastic poetry Grannymar. My compliments.

    Oddly enough, as I started to read it I was reminded of a song that has now become a ear worm for me.

  3. Grannymar Post author

    Susanna – Thank you for visiting and your kind words. I am very much on the learner slopes when it comes to poems and competitions, but it was fun even if I didn’t enter this time.

    Ramana – My fingers were tapping with that song!

    Alice – Thank you.

    Brighid – We know rhubarb crisp as rhubarb crumble.

    Dianne – Two mentions of rhubarb strawberry pie, I have never heard of it before, I must make a search. We make plain rhubarb, tart and sometimes add ginger. The Irish palate likes a tart, tart!

  4. Barbara


    I have my own rhubarb growing this year, it is already quite big! It seems to be a very hardy plant! Came up through the snow

  5. Grannymar Post author

    Nancy – I loved rhubarb, in a tart, jam or stewed with a little ice cream on the side.

    Barbara – I tried growing it years ago, but lost it the following winter. Maybe it is time to try again.


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