An Unusual Day at the Zoo (a children’s story poem)

Lyra and Ellie went to the zoo
To visit the tiger and bear,
But you’ll never believe,
Quite what they found,
On that sunny day when they got there.
The tiger was gone,
The bear missing too,
The giraffe and the snake gone;
A small cockatoo
Was the sole sign of life
And he said with a squawk,
That his animal friends
Had gone off for a walk.

Why didn’t you go?
Ellie asked the small bird
(His huffy reply showed
He thought her absurd)
I’ve seen them before
And I really don’t care
To see them again,
So I stayed here,
So there.
Muttered the cockatoo,
Clearly unhappy
About Ellie’s question,
It had made him quite snappy.
Ellie persisted,
As she so often does,
She felt that she had to
Now she’d started because
She was very intrigued
To discover just what
The small bird had seen
But the others had not.
Why the people,
The small ones,
The parrot exclaimed.
They wear plaits in their hair
And they all dress the same.
If you’re so taken by them,
Go see for yourself,
Said the cockatoo
Waving a wing to the south.
So Ellie and Lyra
Walked off hand in hand
And soon enough stumbled on
A merry band
Of zoo animals huddled together observing
Something…
But what, wondered the girls, was deserving
Of the attention of big cats
And primates and snakes.
When they finally saw
They thought there was a mistake;
For there in the middle
Of the animal huddle
Were a gaggle of five-year-olds
Giving big cuddles
To the less wild animals
(The lambs and the chicks)
But why would a lion
Watch children for kicks?
Asked Lyra of Ellie,
I’m sure they’re quite dull?
Au contraire!
Said a lion, during a lull
In the girls’ conversation
He went on to explain
How he could watch children
Again and again.
They’re so kind you see
And it makes us so happy,
It’s the most perfect tonic
If your mood has turned snappy.
The school children sing
And they dance and they play
In the most friendly and wonderful way.
So when they come here
For the day with their school
It’s our great joy to peer
At them, that is all.
We’re watching them
And they’re watching us
And everyone’s happy
There’s never a fuss.

An unusual day at the zoo - a poem by Pooky

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16 Responses to An Unusual Day at the Zoo (a children’s story poem)

  1. Lovely Pooky, I can just imagine you reading this to your girls.

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  2. The poems are delightful. What’s not to like?

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    • PookyH says:

      It’s silly.. .I’m happy to share them with the world and I keenly accept constructive criticism as that’s how I learn. However, I would be devastated if the girls didn’t like one of my poems. It hasn’t happened yet though, so fingers crossed…

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  3. I’m sure your girls must be your biggest fans! But this is gorgeous…I’d only add an addendum that the lions are possibly hungry for lunch. But that would just give them nightmares, so maybe not 🙂

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  4. dflorack says:

    I LOVE your poetry! I think you should put it all together into a book. I’d buy it, and I bet Moms would love to read it to their little ones. The poems are funny and yet so soothing and happy.

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  5. Pooky, I really like the idea of the animals watching the children too.
    Another lovely Pooky Poem. x

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  6. Hi there, I’m feeling very cheery and chirpy tonight and I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for a Blog of the Year 2013 Award. My post will be published this evening at around 9.00pm Australian Time. Congratulations to you for a creating a truly Wonderful Blog.

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  7. wbdeejay says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed this one Pooky. A slight departure from your usual pacing. Really enjoyed how some phrases linked lines together, and the whole timing seemed random to me at first but realised it was quite structured aftere all. Hoping I’m not being too analytical
    TLDR: phrasing was very different but still I loved it!

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    • PookyH says:

      Crikey Peter, I think you spent longer reading it than I spent writing it! Thank you…

      I don’t quite know what the rhyming structure was. I tend to just let poems write themselves to be honest. If I stop and think about how many syllables there should be and where the rhyme should come I tend to lose my flow.

      So it possibly felt random because it was. I’m really glad you enjoyed it though. x

      p.s. TLDR was new on me, thank you. I love to learn new lingo!

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      • wbdeejay says:

        Haha, I did spend a while reading it Pooky! Very impressive for a “random” poem. Keep doing whatever works for you, I say! x

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      • PookyH says:

        Hee hee! Thanks Peter. For me there is not much option other than random as I don’t know what I’m doing at all and I also don’t have a lot of time (20 days and counting until I hope to have submitted the final, bound, version of my thesis. ARGHHHH!)

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      • wbdeejay says:

        I am familiar with Ms.Pac going through thesis pressure, so I wish you all the best. And hope that your random poetry musings help you focus through this time of pressure. Will be waiting for on the other side… 😉

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