What It Was by Malcolm Douglas









WHAT IT WAS
By Malcolm Douglas


Oh, they were as happy as happy could be,
Those two little boys who were down by the sea,
As each with a shovel grasped tight in his hand,
Like a sturdy young laborer dug in the sand!

And it finally happened, while looking around,
That, beside a big shell, a small star-fish they found,—
Such a wonderful sight, that two pairs of blue eyes
Grew large for a moment with puzzled surprise.

Then—"I know," said one, with his face growing bright,
"It's the dear little star that we've watched every night;
But last night, when we looked, it was nowhere on high,
So, of course, it has dropped from its home in the sky!"