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AN OSTRICH CALLED ERIL

By Josie Whitehead

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Ostrich Called Eril (An)
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Although Eril was an ostrich,
     He had a tiny brain.
He lived inside a bird sanctuary
     In the northern part of Spain.

He thought he was superior
     To other parkland birds,
But the parrots were all rude to him
     And called out naughty words.

Now Eril didn't heed their words
     And strutted round with pride
And when his keepers came for him
     He’d run away and hide.

Then he’d chase the keepers all around 
     On his mighty muscled legs
And rudely grab and throw at them
     A rotten ostrich egg.

'I’m the fastest bird on earth!' he cried.
     'No one can beat me there!'
And then he'd run, with head held high,
      With very little care.

'We’ll see if this is true or not,'
      The other birds all said.
'Tomorrow we will have a race
      And we’ll be far ahead.'

The morning sun shone in the sky,
     The birds were on their line
And everyone arrived on time
     Before the hour of nine.

At nine o’clock, right on the dot,
     The starting flag went down,
And birds of different sizes flew
     And circled round the town.

But Eril, in his foolish pride,
     Forgot he couldn't fly.
He watched the other birds soar up
     And circle round the sky.

At ten past nine the first returned
     And passed the winning post,
But, as Eril hadn’t left the park,
     He couldn’t really boast.

'It isn’t fair!' Eril complained:
     'You never mentioned 'fly'.
My legs are big, my speed is great
     But I can’t get in the sky.'

The other birds all laughed with glee:
     'You thought that you were king!
But for all those muscles in your legs,
     You’ve bloomin’ useless wings.'

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Yes, this poem was chosen by teachers and children in many schools for publication in 2010 and it was published by AMS Educational.  You may have it in my Nature Book, but at the moment it is out of print and I need to find another publisher.  Josie