Animal Poems for Children

By Josie Whitehead


By Josie Whitehead

Tired, Tired Tiger

His mother shouted: 'Wake up boy!

    Don’t sit and dream all day.

Your days of ease are over now.

    It’s time to catch some prey.'


Her teenage son just shut his eyes

    And mother heard him snore.

Her lazy son thought working hard

    Was something of a bore.


So, leaving him to slumber on,

    The family went ahead.

'Your brother will not eat tonight

    If he’s spent his day in bed.'


Their mother taught them useful skills

    Which through their lives they’d use.

She taught them things they mustn’t eat

    And others they should choose.


They helped their mother kill a hare

    And helped her eat it too -

But for the tiger left at home,

    His hunger grew and grew.


It dawned on him quite suddenly

    That if you want to eat

You must get up and out of bed

    And help to catch that meat.

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