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The Cockroach Dance

1. The dance is not like other dances
  It is done by roaches at night
  I marvel at their fancy dresses
  They resemble men in coats so bright
  In the dark to dance they braces
  It is as if they fear bright light
  If you ever wanted to dance
  Then never dance the coackroach

2. Roaches hide deep by the day
  They rarely come out to roost
  Never will they come out to play
  They wait for the night to boast
  The day gives roaches no say
  In the darkness they don't ever rest
  If you ever wanted to dance
  Then never dance the coackroach

3. Only good people do things in light
  The bad have no time for light
  Darkness seems to be their right
  To do their evil in the night
  Wizards and witches hate the bright
  The dark often improve their sight
  If you ever wanted to dance
  Then never dance the coackroach

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People always want to do things in the dark. This poem encourages us to do things in the day.

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Submitted by baby_p on June 01, 2021

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