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Surprise?

Octopus was excited!
He sent the invitations.
It was the old Squid's birthday-
A cause for celebration!

The party would be fun!
Everybody was invited-
Marlin, Whale and Cod-
Squid would be delighted!

And Squid had no idea
It was a surprise party!
With luck, all would come on time
And no one would be tardy.

Everybody was aware
Not to tell their friend.
Squid would be so happy
Seeing everyone attend!

The Shark and Crabs stopped talking
When Squid swam close enough to hear.
And the Clams?  Well they clammed up
When the birthday boy came near.

Everyone had understood,
Of this secret, not to speak.
Except the chatty Sole,
Whose secret-keeping skills were weak.

Sole had a good, kind heart,
But could chatter on for days.
He'd talk to everybody-
Other Fish, Lobster and Rays.

One day before the party,
Something caught the flat Sole's eye.
It was the well-loved Squid
Who was swimming so close by.

Now, Squid had no idea
That a party had been planned.
All those invited had agreed
That talk of it be banned.

The two began to speak
About many different matters.
But it wasn't very long
Before the secret was in tatters.

Sole went on about the currents,
Then brought up the party next.
He realized his mistake
When Squid began to look perplexed.

"I mean...What I had meant..."
The Sole began to stutter.
He ruined the surprise.
"Sorry" was all that he could mutter.

Squid was disappointed,
But was so touched that all his friends
Cared enough to do this for him
That with Sole he made amends.

Squid got to the party site,
And just as you'd surmise,
He was not all astounded
When everybody yelled, "Surprise!"

They could tell somehow he knew
When he did not jump or shake.
That's when the Squid admitted
That poor Sole made a mistake.
    
The guests were very saddened
That the surprise had been so foiled.
But all decided that the fun
Should also not be spoiled.

The main goal was to have,
For Squid, a celebration.
So they chose to honor him
With much love and adoration.

The lesson of this story,
If a surprise should be your goal?
If you want to keep a secret,
Never tell a Sole!



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