Yellow Jack


I have a pet canary,
I call him Yellow Jack.
He has white feathers on his wings
and yellow on his back.

I love my pet canary,
I feed him every day.
I put fresh seeds into his bowl;
he pecks them straight away.

My dearest pet canary,
I love to hear him sing.
He chirps and cheeps to me each day
and even more in spring.

My lovely pet canary,
I watch him day and night.
Today I watched him lay an egg.
I think her name’s not right.



67 thoughts on “Yellow Jack

  1. Hi Kristin,
    Jack is a nice name for a boy canary but now that you have found out it was a girl canary what did you change the canary’s name to?? I bet the baby canary’s are super cute !!! But isn’t it annoying for all the canary’s to be chirping all the time !!!! I love birds though!!! Love your poems can’t wait to read another!!
    Clara ❤️

    • Thanks Clara!

      This poem isn’t completely true, but our canary Scruffy Tom tried to lay an egg (though didn’t manage to) so we thought Tom might be a girl instead of a boy. That’s what gave me the idea for the poem.


  2. Hi Kristen
    That was a great poem! I love to have a pet and a pet cannery sounds perfect! Do you have a pet?
    From Thinara

    • Hi Chamith,

      I used to have a canary and we called him Tom. But then he tried to lay an egg and we realised he was a she. I changed the name to Jack for the poem because it was easier to rhyme with.


  3. Dear Kristin,
    I like this poem because It is very funny my friend loves birds. he’s a expert I love birds my favorite birds are peacock, king fisher,swan and parrots. when I was small I called a turkey …gob

    regards Tirath.

  4. Hi Kristin
    I really liked the poem! It was very creative and funny! I liked the fact that you did that thing where you don’t tell the reader exactly what the answer is, but you make it obvious. Did you really have a pet canary?

    • Hi Tharusha,

      Thanks for your lovely comment. I did have a pet canary called Tom, that we realised was a female when she tried to lay an egg. Jack was easier to rhyme with than Tom.


  5. Hi Kristin
    I liked how you have a ‘boy’ canary. But when you see ‘him’ lay an egg, you realise that ‘he’ isn’t really a boy because boys don’t lay eggs, girls do.
    Great poem Kristin.

  6. Hi Kristin
    I love your poem, I have a budgie named sapphire, that I love as well. It might be a bit harder to rhyme with that name!

    Thanks for the poems

    • Hi Chloe,

      I have had five canaries, but the last one flew away a few years ago, and we were too sad to get another one.

      We could never tell if our canaries were boys or girls, but one tried to lay an egg so we presumed she as a girl.


  7. I chose this poem because I love birds. It was really funny and I liked how you described yellow Jack to the reader. This poem reminds me of my pet budgie called Horris.

    When I read your poem I can picture a yellow bird. The words that I liked were “my dearest pet canary”. It sounds like you really love your bird.

    The poem rhymed and the ending was a surprise and very funny!

    I love this poem sooooooooo much!

    Evie, 10 years old.

    • Hi Evie,

      Thank you for your absolutely lovely comment. I appreciate the time and thought you put into writing it. Do you have a beloved pet? If you do, you could write a poem about it. I’d love to read it.


  8. Hi Kristin,
    I love your poems and I love how you use lots of rhyming words. I have only read one of your poems, but I will read more.
    I also really like how you made it funny at the end of the poem that it was a girl not a boy.
    From Chethi

  9. Hi Kristin,
    Your poem is great. I like birds to and I am going to make a bird feeder out of a pin corn.
    This reminded me the poem you wrote “Playground Fight” because their is a bird.

  10. Hi Kristin I really liked this poem because it was really cute.
    I am scared of birds because of the way they move their head.


  11. Hi Kristen! I really like the last bit of the poem because it is really funny! I really like your poems because they are so fun to read.

    • Hi Thenumi,

      Thanks for your comment. One of the responsibilities of having a pet bird is cleaning out their cage. But you have to be careful they don’t fly away when you are cleaning it!


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