Wishes at the Zoo

I wish I was an otter,
swimming in my pool,
playing chasey with my friends-
my life would be so cool.

But what a silly noise I’d make,
‘squeak!’ like a baby’s toy.
And those fish I’d have to eat just stink!
It’s not what I’d enjoy.

I think I’ll be a pelican,
snapping with my bill,
catching all that’s thrown me
with super duper skill.

But those things I’d catch are stinky fish!
Oh no. It’s so unfair.
And I’d have to swallow them all whole!
It’s more than I could bear.

Perhaps I’ll be a lion,
roaring on my mound,
playing rough and tumble
with my friends upon the ground.

But instead of eating stinky fish,
they’d give me uncooked meat!
Why do my favourite animals
have such horrid food to eat?

So, I guess I’ll stick with being a boy
who’s visiting the zoo.
I’ll see lots of amazing animals
and my lunch won’t make me spew.


This poem is also published in the book Tadpoles in the Torrens, edited by Jude Aquilina (Wakefield Press, 2013).




18 thoughts on “Wishes at the Zoo

  1. I like zoo and when ever i get a place to visit i choose zoo. But i dont like to be an animal coz i cant play, eat yummy food etc. But I think animals are use to be in jungle and eat what ever they get. So they are happy with the way they live

  2. Hi Kristin
    I think I’d rather be a human too because we can eat nearly everything. Including yummy desserts like cake and ice cream!
    From Lysha

  3. I love going to the zoo, in the zoo my favourite animals to see are the Monkeys and the Pandas, but if I were to get a pet it would be a puppy and I would name it Galaxy what is your favourite animal to see at the zoo and what is you’re favourite pet and would you name it? I love you poem too!

    • Hi Nae,

      I like your comments on my poems. Thank you.

      My favourite animals to see at the zoo are the meerkats. My favourite pet is our bearded dragon, Ash.


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