(18 January 1882 – 31 January 1956 / Kilburn, London)

At The Zoo

There are lions and roaring tigers,
and enormous camels and things,
There are biffalo-buffalo-bisons,
and a great big bear with wings.
There's a sort of a tiny potamus,
and a tiny nosserus too -
But I gave buns to the elephant
when I went down to the Zoo!

There are badgers and bidgers and bodgers,
and a Super-in-tendent's House,
There are masses of goats, and a Polar,
and different kinds of mouse,
And I think there's a sort of a something
which is called a wallaboo -
But I gave buns to the elephant
when I went down to the Zoo!

If you try to talk to the bison,
he never quite understands;
You can't shake hands with a mingo -
he doesn't like shaking hands.
And lions and roaring tigers
hate saying, "How do you do?" -
But I give buns to the elephant
when I go down to the Zoo!

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A beautiful children's song narrating behavior of a child during visit to zoo.A great sone worthy of modern poem of the day.
A visit at the Zoo! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
And lions and roaring tigers hate saying, " How do you do? " - But I give buns to the elephant when I go down to the Zoo! Interesting reflections. tony
Nice one. Enjoyed reading it. Thanks.
A very lively poem, but so lively that the poet made so many mini mistakes, which for a person who wants to be called closer, can't get through the braces. No way, grammar and the right words are the most important in a poem, especially one that has already become classical. I can't say anything else, sorry dear family of the poet. Though those irritating mistakes, despite these all I have enjoyed this Zoo
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