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  • Nonsense Verse for reading aloud.

    They were all invited
    Those of the forest, the desert
    The sea
    Even domesticated ones.

    The caracal came in a coracle
    The shark on an ark
    With his friends the lark
    And the aardvark
    The bison bicycled
    And gave a ride to the shrike
    On his bike.

    The cow came in a dhow
    The lemur in a limo
    The sheep in a jeep
    The snail by rail
    The squirrel in a barrel.

    The opossum swam
    The hawk walked
    The yak paddled his own kayak
    The ram ran
    The shrew flew
    The dove dived
    The fish came in a tank
    The goat by boat
    Accompanied by the stoat

    The duckbill platypus
    In a double-decker bus
    With his pal Octopus

    The ant rode an elephant
    The buck came by truck
    The bee came by sea
    The Crab in a cab
    The crocodile in an old crock
    The eland in a Leyland
    The fox arrived in a box
    The mallard came by train
    The partridge in a carriage
    The toad used the road
    The rail came by train
    The ram came by tram
    The gerbil in a Zil
    The coleoptera in a helicopter
    The grasshopper in a chopper
    The hornet took a jet
    With his mate the linnet

    The giant panda arrived in a police car
    The giraffe in craft
    The gnu in a canoe
    The gazelle in an Impala
    The jaguar by Rolls
    The jackal in a Jaguar
    The cockroach by coach
    The alligator came later
    The baboon in a saloon
    The cobra wore a bra
    The zebra wore a cross
    The caterpillar in a digger
    Bear came by air
    In a panzer the chimpanzee

    Then in a cab came
    The taxidermist

    (Pic: Damian Hirst's Shark in formaldehde)
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