Animal Poems for Children

By Josie Whitehead

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IF I WERE
BUT A BIG BABOON
By Josie Whitehead
If I Were But a Big Baboon

If I were but a big baboon

    And lived within a zoo,

I’d want to live out in the world -

    Well, surely, so would you!

 

If I were but a big baboon,

    I’d flash my big red bum

And then sit on an old tree stump

     And make a face that’s glum.

 

If I were but a big baboon,

    I’d groom the other apes

And then I’d picnic with my friends

     And make off with their grapes.

 

If I were but a big baboon,

    I’d leap around my cage

And. when I’m angry, just look out.

      I’ll show my teeth in rage.

 

If I were but a big baboon,

     I’d be part of a troop,

For, living in the great outdoors,

     There’s safety in a group.

 

If I were but a big baboon -

     My poems you’d never get

So I’ll stay human - yes I will -

    And write more poems?  You bet!!!

 

 

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Follow Up:  Are any of the things which I've said in my poem true regarding baboons?  Find out all you can about them.  They're related to us you know, and so are the other primates.  What do you think about keeping them in a zoo?  Are they happy? 

 

English Grammar: If you are wishing you were something that you possibly could be, you'd say:  'If I was' but if you are talking about something that for certain you'll never be, you say:  'If I were' or 'If I were but . . '.  I don't think you'll ever be a baboon will you?  Josie