He Toured Manhattan
Age Rating: 10 +
She told him to come and to give it a try,
He told her, “Dear Aunty, I cannot see why,
You love this big city with skyscrapers high,
This place called 'Big Apple', the pie-in-the-sky."
“Please, come before New Years and see how it feels,
I think you will like all the ways it appeals,
With Christmas tree shopping and Christmas Day meals,
I’ll show you a place that is very surreal."
He came as she asked and was given the tour,
But as they got started, he still wasn’t sure,
For in this big city he felt insecure,
She tried to persuade him and tried to assure.
He saw Lincoln Center and then Central Park,
He saw it by daylight and not after dark,
When stalkers and perverts would often embark,
“Let’s leave before sunset”, she heard him remark.
The Empire Building was really too high,
He wanted to see it and really did try,
But on the way up there, he started to cry,
Afraid of its height, as it loomed in the sky.
The Statue of Liberty, standing so proud,
Her flame pointing skyward above a large crowd,
A place for the needy is what she had vowed,
He felt very humble and kept his head bowed.
She took him through Harlem and then into Queens,
And travelled through boroughs, both there and between,
He shopped in their markets and ate their cuisine,
And started to like this American scene.
And just before New Years in Gramercy Park,
With Christmas lights glowing, it never got dark,
“I think this is pretty”, she heard him remark,
And then in his eyes she detected a spark.
And now he is glad that he entered this town,
And toured Manhattan and boroughs around,
He learned from this city, so old and renowned,
That life is exciting wherever it’s found.