R is for Rose, who imagined a scene
of sumo wrestlers facing opponents most lean.
S is for Sal, who had a great passion
for driving new patterns right out of fashion.
T is for Terry, who peered at the jaws
of a crocodile who had mastered our laws.
U is for Ulrich, who bested the rest
and made a big show of feathering his nest.
V is for Vicky, who desperately clung
to the taste of sage honey on the tip of her tongue.
W is for Wallace, who marked out the hours
eating gummy candy and poisoning flowers.
X is for Xia, who gazed through her skin
and pondered the ample sinew within.
Y is for Yogi, who wanted to know
the reason his head would not cease to grow.
Z is for Zoe, who looked to the end
with a grace that others wished she could lend.
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