Poem introduction

It's the summer holidays, and we're at the zoo.

'Please do not feed the animals...'

Please do not feed the ostriches
sandwiches

or the polar bears
eclairs.

Do not offer the wombats
kumquats

or the rattle-snakes
fruit-cakes.

Remember that piranhas
are not allowed bananas

or partridges
sausages.

Never approach a stork
with things on a fork

or the bustard
with a plate of custard.

No leopard
likes anything peppered

and meercats
disdain KitKats.

Remember that grapes
upset apes

and meringues
do the same for orangutans.

Most importantly –
do not feed the cheetah

your teacher.


from High Tide (Salt, 2010), © Robert Hull 2010, used by permission of the author

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