Jungle Mouth


I taught baboons to brush my teeth.

Opossums learned to floss ’em.

My boa knows how to squeeze out paste

crush up the tubes, and toss ’em.

But when my pets see cavities

they hiss, they howl, they shriek

and take away my lollipops

and chocolates for a week!



First published in Spider.


CHILDREN’S POEM: A Very Famous Ostrich

A Very Famous Ostrich


A very famous ostrich came to town

wearing teardrop earrings and a frown.

We gave her red roses

(she tossed them in the sea)

then she bit our noses

and sang just beautifully:


“The people, the people,

I love the people,

every people I see.

O people, O people,

I love you people

but please: don’t look at me.”


She drove off in her limo and

we never saw her face again.






Rolli’s latest children’s book, Kabungo, won the Joan Betty Stuchner Funniest Children’s Book Award. His latest adult book, The Sea-Wave, was longlisted for the Saboteur Award. Follow Rolli on Twitter @rolliwrites.

CHILDREN’S POEM: Squiggle de Moon



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