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Jim Dixon Animal Songs (109* d) Lyr Add: THE BEAR (Richard Digance) 30 May 21


This poem was mentioned by Alex, from Odessa, on 04 Jan 09:

I found this poem on an Angelfire web page called More TEDDYS!!!--not one I would normally consider a reliable source, but the words correspond pretty closely to those recited by “Poppy, aged 8” on YouTube. Those are the only two sources I could find.


THE BEAR
Richard Digance

When a bear held a fancy dress party,
Just about everyone went.
Each animal went as another.
Well, at least that was the intent.

The bat and bull went as a cricket
And the bison went as a bath.
The viper sat on the hyena's head
And they went as a laughing giraffe.

The eagle went as a birdie
And the birdie went as a parr.
(A parr is an under-aged salmon,
In case you don't know what they are.)

The panda turned up like a penguin,
Though he hadn't quite mastered the walk.
No one could tell the difference
When the butterfly dressed like a stork.

The hedgehog turned up as a buffalo
(Hedgehogs not being that bright),
But everyone said that he'd tried very hard
And he had an enjoyable night.

He almost came second for trying,
But it went to the hippo instead.
He dressed up as a fairy-tale unicorn,
With a ice-cream stuck on his head.

The oyster, disguised as a jewelery box,
Sang when his shell opened up.
A good try by oyster but not good enough
To take home the fancy dress cup.

The skunk was most unconvincing,
Sprinting in like a gazelle.
It's hard for a skunk to be anything else,
When they have that distinctive smell.

It was time to declare the cup winner
And first place went to the cat,
Who covered his tail with red rubber
And hung from a tree like a bat.


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