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.
I have three poems, two drawings and a cartoon in the Fall issue of Transition. You should send them something, too.
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.
I was perusing the diary of Tummywumps, the orange tabby with whom I reside, when I came across the following half-decent poem. I never took her for a cat with literary ambitions. She’s full of surprises…