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Joan Poulson

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So small?

So small?

'So Small?' is a poem that began to come to me after reading about an extremely small lizard, a gecko, seen in the Amazon jungle for the first time by humans. Or by humans who could write about it. I began to wonder about other incredible things that might not yet have been seen. Some of those things might even be in our garden.

and now someone has seen
the teeniest lizard there's ever been
in existence, a gecko smaller
than my baby sister's finger

and I'm wondering
if somewhere there could be
herds of tiny elephants,
giraffes and hippopotamus browsing

a grassy clearing in a forest
where sunlight washes over a splash
of green water and on the edge
thumb-size crocodiles snooze

while among the plants and shrubs
mini-geckos flicker elastic tongues,
catch flies that cloud the air
like specks of dust.

first published in Wild!: Rhymes that Roar chosen by James Carter and Graham Denton (Macmillan Children’s, 2009), © Joan Poulson 2009, used by permission of the author


Joan Poulson

Joan Poulson Reading from her Poems

1Like Grandad

2That's my dog

3Tell Sam

4Like me



7Double trouble

8My gran

9Christmas glow

10Sun energy


12Waiting for water



15Rainbow mad

16Rugby club



19Our farm, January

20My world

21Green witch

22Touch the sun



25Winter birthday

26Poem for the whales

27glad me: a prayer

28poem for January

29Bonfire night



32Crick, crack, crocodile!

33Three purple elephants

34Clatter of town

35Ladybird plant

36Got the hump


38school break

39Pictures in my mind

40This might not sound serious

41A wave like a whale

42Last dive of the day

43My wings

44Polly Pat's cat

45King of all the dustbins

46With a smile

47Master of disguises

48Not a snow cat

49Secret life

50How was I to know?


52so small?


54Calendar of humans

55Prehistoric ant



58Song about a drummer

Books by Joan Poulson