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As our Sensei says “Hello,”
He’s greeted by smiles and “Yo!”
By Ninjas of all kinds,
Some could track, others could find.
Many swift and strong,
Making sure the forest is protected from wrong.
There are many dangers ahead,
Mysterious creatures you might dread.
Feeding on the flesh of lost souls.
Under rocks and hollow holes.
Some were scared, but craved the feeling,
Of being full-fledged Ninjas and awesomely succeeding.
Sensei announced, “Your first test, it seems…”
“I will be splitting you all into two teams.”
“You will be turned against each other,”
“Brother versus brother.”
Then all of a sudden: a battle field,
Our animal skins became our shields.
Multi colored leaves stood near,
As if a rainbow of fallen temples were once here.
Our group noticed there were many people missing,
Then the wind began hissing.
“Go!” shouted Sensei. Our friends were sneering.
Glaring and staring, testing our hearing.
Ninjas triumphant in many rounds,
Each team member had their ups and downs.
At the end of the test we were pumped and wanted more,
Though our feet were sore.
“Fire in the forest!” someone shouts.
“Don’t get tagged, or you’re out!”
After that, we were very hot and tired,
Our Ninja suits were getting damp as we perspired.
Sitting down upon crunching leaves and grass,
What a coincidence! It was Fall at last!
Then an unnecessary talk about dying,
The new students thought they were lying.
Our teacher, so as not to cause confusion.
Interrupted our darkly humorous illusion.
He said that 'they were talking about shirts,
dyeing with walnuts from the Earth.'
It was time to journey to the creek,
Everyone was so excited, they could hardly speak.
Navigator Ninja led the way.
Everyone wanted to play.
Looking all around on this magnificent day.
Leaves in the shape of colorful birds,
Such beauty and wonder, we had no words.
Logs that were once home to killer Fairies,
We also saw wild blueberries,
And mushrooms that were hairy.
“Shh…” said Navigator Ninja, “I can hear water running,”
“and the trees humming.”
We all followed the sound of a rushing waterfall,
“Wow!” said us all.
“Woohoo!” shouted the Ninja with deadly dance moves.
Splashing anyone dry with his awesome cool groove.
“We’re gonna need a fire.”
Said Sensei, “Even if you’re tired.”
We went to make a fire,
With the bow drill and not a lighter.
We all worked together collecting sticks,
Watching out for thorns and ticks.
Once the fire was lit, we all had a rest.
Everyone agreed the marshmallows were the best.
“Now let me tell you a story about great wisdom and strength.”
“An escaped slave, who went to great lengths.”
Sensei’s voice lured us into the world of his story,
Generosity and glory.
At the end of his tale, we were sucked out of a dream.
We started to choke from the smoke, it seemed.
“Look over there!” A young Ninja shouted.
It was a snake, it didn’t look too great.
“I think it’s dead!” Another Ninja cried.
“At least we can’t see it’s insides.”
The hairs on our backs started to rise.
The sound of nature and one last goodbye,
Our chariots arrived.
Our eyes glowing with newfound wisdom inside,
Our chi (energy) will help us strive,
To cherish all that is alive.