Orangutan, do me a flavour!
Orange like you, my sweet.
Just take this jar of marmalade,
and smear it on my feet.
And when my toes are stuck together, dear,
won’t that be neat?
I will, if you do ME a flavour.
Why child, a strawberry one.
Just take this triple ice-cream cone,
and melt it in the sun,
then very gently pour it on my head,
and watch it run.
Of course I can, orang-utan!
And you know I’LL do IT –
of all the favours in the world,
THAT’S my flavourite!
From The Conga Lion, an unpublished collection of jungle-themed poetry for children.