Pirate Pete

Pirate Pete
had a ship on the sea
had a fish for his tea
had a peg for a knee

                and a tiny little parrot called . . . Polly

Pirate Pete
had a book with a map
had a skull on his cap
had a cat on his lap

                         and another little parrot called . . . Dolly

Pirate Pete
had a trunk full of treasure
had a belt made of leather
had a cap with a feather

                    and another little parrot called . . . Jolly

Pirate Pete
had a patch on his eye
had a flag he would fly
had a plank way up high

                      and another little parrot called . . . Molly

So Pirate Pete
  and the parrots four
   they sailed the world
    from shore to shore -
     collecting gold
      and gifts galore.
       And that’s their tale -
        there is no more!                 

from Hey, Little Bug! Poems for Little Creatures (Frances Lincoln, 2011), © James Carter 2011, used by permission of the author and the publisher