I also have a printable Sukkot/Sukkos copywork sheet available here.
With Sukkos drawing near
We had the other minim three,
But no esrog had we here.
High up in an esrog-tree
We had to wait for it to turn
As yellow as it could be.
With two aravos, waving proud,
But our esrog simply wasn’t done.
Our esrog was special, yes, our esrog was special,
Grown from esrog seeds
Planted years ago when Sukkos went out,
Watered and cared for its needs.
We built a sukkah, yes, we built a sukkah
Topped in branches green and steady,
We decorated it so fine,
But our esrog was still not ready.
We cooked a meal, yes, we cooked a meal,
For yom tov, delicious and hot.
But we all felt glum because we knew
An esrog we still had not.
Our esrog was hanging, yes, our esrog was hanging,
Among branches stiff and spiny
But we had to wait some more until
Our esrog was yellow and shiny.
It was erev Sukkos, yes, erev Sukkos
When we noticed the blazing-bright gleam
Our esrog was ready for us at last,
So we went out as a team.
As we climbed up carefully.
We plucked that esrog growing high
Way up in our esrog-tree.
To hold in just one hand
We turned it over and knew for sure:
Best esrog in the land!
We bundled it up, yes, we bundled it up,
Four minim upon the shelves.
Happy and proud and satisfied
We’d done it all ourselves.
We hadn’t quite been alone
Without Hashem to care for it, too,
Our esrog would never have grown.
So we gathered our esrog, yes, we gathered our esrog,
And the other three minim, too.
And said shehecheyanu, to admit to Hashem,
“We wouldn’t be here without you.”
Photos from by Avi Kolko from A Trip to the Pardes here.
Illustrations from the Jewish Magazine here.