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BRIAN THE LION

By Josie Whitehead

Brian the Lion

His mother called him Brian
   But his dad just called him *runt.
His siblings quickly learned to roar
     But he could only grunt.

'Now listen dear,' said Mother, 
     'And copy what I do,
For if a lion cannot roar,
    They send him to a zoo.'

 

Poor Brian tried, and tried again
    But roar he just could not.
His father, feeling quite annoyed,
    Said: 'You’re a stupid clot.'

'So how will you communicate?'
     Asked Mum Lion in despair,
'For lions speak by roaring
     And grunts are just for bears.'

They took poor Brian to the vet:
   'Let’s see what he can do!'
He said: 'The best thing for this lion
    Is to send him to a zoo.'

 

So off went Brian to London Zoo
   Where no-one said: 'Please roar.'
While other lions must hunt for prey
    Brian gently snores.    Zzzzzzzz 

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NOTE:  Runt:- the smallest, weakest animal of the young that are born from the same mother at the same time.  They say: 'the runt of the litter'.  Father was being insulting to Brian because he felt strong male lions should be able to roar loudly to show their strength and braveness.  What do you think?
Children in many schools across West Yorkshire (and their teachers) chose this poem for publication in 2010.  Sorry, the books are unavailable now but you have this poem to read and listen to here.