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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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Note:  I think this applies to all animals (except, perhaps, your pussy cat or dog who just look up at you for food).  This applies to humans as well.  Work hard at school, pass your exams and get well-paid work that will put a roof over your head and food on your plate, hopefully.  Josie 

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