My Grandparents’ Zoo

My Grandparents live in a zoo.
It really does seems like they do.
Their house is full of animals!
And there’re heaps in their garden, too.

There are three dogs; Jess, Phebe and Ben,
a tank with some fish- at least ten.
That sounds rather normal you say?
I’ll tell what’s in their laundry, then!

They’ve at least seven bird-cages
with birds of different ages,
from a helpless baby galah
to old Mag, who rants and rages.

Three aviaries out the backdoor
(they’re planning to build a few more)
keep safe a whole covey of birds-
I counted at least thirty-four!

Lorikeets and budgerigars,
rosellas and cheeky galahs,
a silly old white cockatoo
that hangs upside down on the bars!

There’re twenty-three ducks on the lawn-
which is starting to look a bit worn
by the waddles of forty-six feet!
(Because the ducks are not yet airborne.)

One pet is a bit hard to see-
he’s dug himself under their tree-
a turtle who’s still rather shy,
so they tend to just let him be.

The funniest one of them all
is Possum- who’s still very small-
who likes to hide up Grandma’s shirt
with his claws out so he won’t fall.

So you see,
my grandparents live in a zoo.
It’s a great place to visit, it’s true,
but I’m ever so glad I don’t live there
because everything’s covered in POO!



A version of this poem appears in Tadpoles in the Torrens, Poems for young readers,edited by Jude Aquilina, Wakefield Press, 2013.

19 thoughts on “My Grandparents’ Zoo

  1. To Kristin
    I believe I can relate to this poem us I think my grandparents live at a zoo to they have at less 600 beef cattle, 70 or so horses and about 7 dogs. I trust me there is also a lot of poo there too.

    • Hi Harrison,

      It sounds like your grandparents have an amazing place. The grandparents this poem is about (my children’s) live in the suburbs of a big city.


  2. hi Kristin,
    this is a little poem I made about how much I love elephants.

    I love elephants big ones small ones I love elephants.
    Good ones bad ones I love elephants.
    Fashion ones normal ones I love elephants.
    Friendly ones cheeky ones I love elephants

    Great regards Tirath.

  3. Hi Kristin
    I really like your poem because of your twist you added in the end. your poems are always great, funny, silly but at the end you have a great poem.

    Kind regards Yenuli

  4. Hi Kristin,
    I loved this poem. you were just missing 1 thing ELEPHANTS!
    you see I’m the biggest fan of elephants. you can ask me a question about elephants. can you please make a poem about elephants please.

    • Hi Tirath,

      There are no elephants at my children’s grandparents’ house. I could try to write an elephant poem one day, but it sounds like you would be much better at it as you know so much about elephants. Why don’t you write one and send it to me? I would love to read it!


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