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GUEST,Willa Lyr Req: Aussie animal poems/songs (29) RE: Req: Aussie Animal Poems/Lyrics 13 May 01

Found these

I like the duck-billed platypus,
Because it is anomalous.
I like the way it raises its family,
Partly birdly, partly mammally.
I like its independent attitude,
Let no-one call it a duck-billed platitude.
Ogden Nash

Le Kangourou
Kangarou premier, roi des kangourous,
Ayant accroché son grand sabre au clou,
S'assoit dans un trône en feuilles de chou,
Sa femme arrivant, pleine de courroux,
Dans sa poche a mis ses fils et ses sous,
Ses gants, son mouchoir et ses roudoudous.

Kangourou dernier, roi des kangourous,
Avait les yeux verts et les cheveux roux.
Sa femme peignait son royal époux.
Kangourou le roux, roi des kangourous,
Kangarou dernier, kangourou le roux.
Robert Desnos

The Sing Song of Old Man Kangaroo
(The story is too long for me to copy, but is in Rudyard Kipling's 'Just So Stories'_

The accompanying poem is;

This is the mouth-filling song,
Of the race that was won by a Boomer,
Run in a single burst - only event of its kind -
Started by Big God Nquong from Warrigaborrigarooma,
Old Man Kangaroo first: Yellow - Dog Dingo behind.

Kangaroo bounded away;
His back legs working like pistons-
Bounded from morning till dark,
Twenty-five feet to a bound.
Yellow-Dog Dingo lay
Like a yellow cloud in the distance -
Much too busy to bark.
My! But they covered the ground!

Nobody knows where they went,
Or followed the track that they flew in,
For that Continient
Hadn't been given a name.
They ran thirty degrees,
From torres Straits to the Leeuwin
(Look at the atlas, please),
And they ran back as they came,

S'posing you could trot
From Adelaide to the Pacific,
For an afternoon's run -
Half what these gentlemen did -
You would feel rather hot,
But your legs would develop terrific -
Yes, my importunate son,
You'd be a Marvellous Kid!

Plenty of scope here for cross-curricular activities!

line breaks added by a Joe-clone

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