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    Written by Dr Priscilla J S Selvaraj and published on 06 June 2021.

    Short animal poems for kids, funny animal poems and famous animal poems - there's no better way than rhymes and poetry to introduce your kid to our four-legged pals and feathered friends.

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    25 Short Animal Poems For Kids Of All Ages

    Animal poems for kids! Wow! From a pre-schooler to a teen, every child is drawn towards rhymes and poetry. And, when it comes to animal poems, children simply love them. Who hasn't passed out of kindergarten without reciting animal poetry that includes 'Baa, baa, black sheep', 'Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been?', 'Two little Dicky birds', 'Goosey, goosey gander', and 'Three little kittens, they lost their mittens'? Well, the list of animal rhymes can go on and on, ranging from short animal poems to longer narrative poems too. But, here's a collection of 'Our Picks' of animal poems for kids from the magical world of poetry.

    So, here we go with 25 animal poems. Some of these are short animal poems your tiny tot will enjoy. Some are famous animal poems and there are some funny animal poems too. Read them out to your child or get him to read these animal rhymes, and together you can have a 'whale of a time' with some of the best poems on animals - pets, farm animals, birds and animals in the jungle.

    Animal poems

    Short animal poems for kids

    1. Old MacDonald Had a Farm (Traditional English nursery animal rhyme)

    25 Short Animal Poems for Kids

    Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O
    And on his farm, he had a cow, E-I-E-I-O
    With a "moo-moo" here and a "moo-moo" there
    Here a "moo" there a "moo"
    Everywhere a "moo-moo"
    Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

    Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O
    And on his farm, he had a pig, E-I-E-I-O
    With a "oink-oink" here and a "oink-oink" there
    Here a "oink" there a "oink"
    Everywhere a "oink-oink"
    Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

    Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O
    And on his farm, he had a duck, E-I-E-I-O
    With a "cluck-cluck" here and a "cluck-cluck" there
    Here a "cluck" there a "cluck"
    Everywhere a "cluck-cluck"
    Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

    Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O
    And on his farm, he had a horse, E-I-E-I-O
    With a "neigh-neigh" here and a "neigh-neigh" there
    Here a "neigh" there a "neigh"
    Everywhere a "neigh-neigh"
    Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

    Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O
    And on his farm, he had a lamb, E-I-E-I-O
    With a "baa-baa" here and a "baa-baa" there
    Here a "baa" there a "baa"
    Everywhere a "baa-baa"
    Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

    Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O
    And on his farm, he had some chickens, E-I-E-I-O
    With a "cluck-cluck" here and a "cluck-cluck" there
    Here a "cluck" there a "cluck"
    Everywhere a "cluck-cluck"
    Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

    2. Once I saw a Little Bird (Traditional English nursery rhyme)

    25 Short Animal Poems for Kids

    Once I saw a little bird
    Go hop, hop, hop.
    So I said, "Little bird,
    Will you stop, stop, stop?"

    Then I was going to the window
    To say, "How do you do?"
    But he shook his little tail,
    And away he flew!

    3. Mary had a Little Lamb (Traditional English nursery rhyme)

    25 Short Animal Poems for Kids

    Mary had a little lamb,
    whose fleece was white as snow;
    And everywhere that Mary went,
    The lamb was sure to go.

    It followed her to school one day,
    which was against the rules;
    It made the children laugh and play,
    To see a lamb at school.

    And so the teacher turned him out,
    but still he lingered near;
    And waited patiently about
    Till Mary did appear.

    "What makes the lamb love Mary so?"
    The eager children cry;
    "Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know,"
    The teacher did reply.

    4. Donkey, Donkey, Old and Gray (Traditional English nursery rhyme)

    25 Short Animal Poems for Kids

    Donkey, Donkey,
    Old and gray;
    Open your mouth
    And gently bray.

    Lift your ears,
    And blow your horn;
    To wake up the world
    This sleepy morn.

    5. The Cow by Robert Louis Stevenson

    25 Short Animal Poems for Kids

    The friendly cow, all red and white,
    I love with all my heart:
    She gives me cream with all her might,
    To eat with apple tart

    She wanders lowing here and there,
    And yet she cannot stray,
    All in the pleasant open-air,
    The pleasant light of day

    And blown by all the winds that pass
    And wet with all the showers,
    She walks among the meadow grass
    And eats the meadow flowers

    6. The Canary by Elizabeth Turner

    25 Short Animal Poems for Kids

    Mary had a little bird,
    With feathers bright and yellow,
    Slender legs-upon my word,
    He was a pretty fellow!

    Sweetest notes he always sung,
    Which much delighted Mary;
    Often where his cage was hung,
    She sat to hear Canary

    Crumbs of bread and dainty seeds
    She carried to him daily,
    Seeking for the early weeds,
    She decked his palace gaily

    This, my little readers, learn,
    And ever practice duly;
    Songs and smiles of love return
    To friends who love you truly

    7. A Wise Old Owl (Traditional English Nursery Rhyme)

    25 Short Animal Poems for Kids

    A wise old owl sat in an oak,
    The more he heard, the less he spoke;
    The less he spoke, the more he heard;
    Why can't we all be like that wise old bird?

    8. The Snail by William Cowper

    25 Short Animal Poems for Kids

    To grass, or leaf, or fruit, or wall,
    The snail sticks close, nor fears to fall,
    As if he grew there, house and all
    Together.

    Within that house secure he hides,
    When danger imminent betides
    Of storm, or other harm besides
    Of weather.

    Give but his horns the slightest touch,
    His self-collecting power is such,
    He shrinks into his house, with much
    Displeasure.

    Where'er he dwells, he dwells alone,
    Except himself has chattels none,
    Well satisfied to be his own
    Whole treasure.

    Thus, hermit-like, his life he leads,
    Nor partner of his banquet needs,
    And if he meets one, only feeds
    The faster.

    Who seeks him must be worse than blind,
    (He and his house are so combined)
    If finding it, he fails to find
    It's master.

    9. The Fieldmouse by Cecil Frances Alexander

    25 Short Animal Poems for Kids

    Where the acorn tumbles down,
    Where the ash tree sheds its berry,
    With your fur so soft and brown,
    With your eye so round and merry,
    Scarcely moving the long grass,
    Fieldmouse, I can see you pass.

    Little thing, in what dark den,
    Lie you all the winter sleeping?
    Till warm weather comes again,
    Then once more I see you peeping
    Roundabout the tall tree roots,
    Nibbling at their fallen fruits.

    Fieldmouse, fieldmouse, do not go,
    Where the farmer stacks his treasure,
    Find the nut that falls below,
    Eat the acorn at your pleasure,
    But you must not steal the grain
    He has stacked with so much pain.

    Make your hole where mosses spring,
    Underneath the tall oak's shadow,
    Pretty, quiet harmless thing,
    Play about the sunny meadow.
    Keep away from corn and house,
    None will harm you, little mouse.

    10. The Tyger by William Blake

    25 Short Animal Poems for Kids

    Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
    In the forests of the night;
    What immortal hand or eye,
    Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

    In what distant deeps or skies.
    Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
    On what wings dare he aspire?
    What the hand, dare seize the fire?

    And what shoulder, and what art,
    Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
    And when thy heart began to beat,
    What dread hand? and what dread feet?

    What the hammer? what the chain,
    In what furnace was thy brain?
    What the anvil? what dread grasp,
    Dare its deadly terrors clasp!

    When the stars threw down their spears
    And watered heaven with their tears:
    Did he smile his work to see?
    Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

    Tyger Tyger burning bright,
    In the forests of the night:
    What immortal hand or eye,
    Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

    11. The Lamb by William Blake

    25 Short Animal Poems for Kids

    Little Lamb who made thee
    Dost thou know who made thee
    Gave thee life and bid thee feed.
    By the stream and o'er the mead;
    Gave thee clothing of delight,
    Softest clothing wooly bright;
    Gave thee such a tender voice,
    Making all the vales rejoice!
    Little Lamb who made thee
    Dost thou know who made thee

    Little Lamb I'll tell thee,
    Little Lamb I'll tell thee!
    He is called by thy name,
    For he calls himself a Lamb:
    He is meek and he is mild,
    He became a little child:
    I a child and thou a lamb,
    We are called by his name.
    Little Lamb God bless thee.
    Little Lamb God bless thee.

    12. The Swan by Evaleen Stein

    25 Short Animal Poems for Kids

    Stately swan, so proud and white
    Glistening in the morning light,
    Come and tell me is it true
    That a snow-white swan-like you,
    Guided by bright golden chains
    In his beak for bridle reins,
    Once upon a time from far
    Fabled lands where fairies are
    Brought a magic boat wherein
    Rode the brave knight Lohengrin?

    Stately swan, so proud and white
    Glistening in the morning light,
    If you only wore a gold
    Harness, like that swan of old,
    And if trailing in your wake
    Sailing on the silver lake
    Was a boat of magic and
    You could float to fairy-land,
    Then I'd jump in and begin
    Traveling like Lohengrin!

    13. A Popular Personage at Home by Thomas Hardy

    25 Short Animal Poems for Kids

    'I live here: "Wessex" is my name:
    I am a dog known rather well:
    I guard the house but how that came
    To be my whim I cannot tell.

    'With a leap and a heart elate I go
    At the end of an hour's expectancy
    To take a walk of a mile or so
    With the folk, I let live here with me.

    'Along the path, amid the grass
    I sniff and find out the rarest smells
    For rolling over as I pass
    The open fields toward the dells.

    'No doubt I shall always cross this sill,
    And turn the corner, and stand steady,
    Gazing back for my Mistress till
    She reaches where I have run already,

    'And that this meadow with its brook,
    And bulrush, even as it appears
    As I plunge by with hasty look,
    Will stay the same a thousand years.'

    Thus 'Wessex.' But a dubious ray
    At times informs his steadfast eye,
    Just for a trice, as though to say,
    'Yet, will this pass, and pass shall I?'

    14. The Crocodile by Lewis Carroll

    25 Short Animal Poems for Kids

    How doth the little crocodile
    Improve his shining tail,
    And pour the waters of the Nile
    On every golden scale!

    How cheerfully he seems to grin,
    How neatly spreads his claws,
    And welcomes little fishes in,
    With gently smiling jaws!

    15. The Ant Explorer by Clarence James Dennis

    25 Short Animal Poems for Kids

    Once a little sugar ant made up his mind to roam -
    To fare away far away, far away from home.
    He had eaten all his breakfast, and he had his ma's consent
    To see what he should chance to see and here's the way he went -

    Up and down a fern frond, round and round a stone,
    Down a gloomy gully, where he loathed to be alone,
    Up a mighty mountain range, seven inches high,
    Through the fearful forest grass that nearly hid the sky,
    Out along a bracken bridge, bending in the moss,
    Till he reached a dreadful desert that was feet and feet across.
    'Twas a dry, deserted desert, and a trackless land to tread;
    He wished that he was home again and tucked up tight in bed.
    His little legs were wobbly, his strength was nearly spent,
    And so he turned around again and here's the way he went -

    Back away from desert lands, feet and feet across,
    Back along a bracken bridge, bending in the moss,
    Through the fearful forest grass shutting out the sky,
    Up a mighty mountain range, seven inches high,
    Down a gloomy gully, where he loathed to be alone,
    Up and down a fern frond, round and round a stone.
    A dreary ant, a weary ant, resolved no more to roam,
    He staggered up the garden path and popped back home.

    Funny animal poems for kids

    16. The Owl and the Pussy-Cat by Edward Lear

    25 Short Animal Poems for Kids

    The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
    In a beautiful pea-green boat:
    They took some honey and plenty of money
    Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
    The Owl looked up to the stars above,
    And sang to a small guitar,
    "O lovely Pussy, O Pussy, my love,
    What a beautiful Pussy you are,
    You are, You are!
    What a beautiful Pussy you are!"

    Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl,
    How charmingly sweet you sing!
    Oh! let us be married; too long we have tarried,
    But what shall we do for a ring?"
    They sailed away, for a year and a day,
    To the land where the Bong-tree grows;
    And there in a wood, a Piggy-wig stood,
    With a ring at the end of his nose,
    His nose, His nose,
    With a ring at the end of his nose.

    "Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
    Your ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will."
    So they took it away and were married next day
    By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
    They dined on mince and slices of quince,
    Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
    And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
    They danced by the light of the moon,
    The moon, The moon,
    They danced by the light of the moon.

    17. Eletelephony by Laura Elizabeth Richards

    25 Short Animal Poems for Kids

    Once there was an elephant,
    Who tried to use the telephant-
    No! No! I mean an elephone
    Who tried to use the telephone-
    (Dear me! I am not certain quite
    That even now I've got it right.)

    Howe'er it was, he got his trunk
    Entangled in the telephunk;
    The more he tried to get it free,
    The louder buzzed the telephee-
    (I fear I'd better drop the song
    Of elephop and telephong!)

    18. The Flamingo by Lewis Gaylord Clark

    25 Short Animal Poems for Kids

    |First Voice|
    Oh! tell me have you ever seen a red, long-legged Flamingo?
    Oh! tell me have you ever yet seen him the water in go?

    |Second voice|
    Oh! yes at Bowling-Green I've seen a red long-legged Flamingo,
    Oh! yes at Bowling-Green I've there seen him the water in go.

    |First Voice|
    Oh! tell me did you ever see a bird so funny stand-o
    When forth he from the water comes and gets upon the land-o?

    |Second Voice|
    No! in my life I ne'er did see a bird so funny stand-o
    When forth he from the water comes and gets upon the land-o.

    |First Voice|
    He has a leg some three feet long, or near it, so they say, Sir.
    Stiff upon one alone he stands, t'other he stows away, Sir.

    |Second Voice|
    And what an ugly head he's got! I wonder that he'd wear it.
    But rather more I wonder that his long, thin neck can bear it.

    |First voice|
    And think, this length of neck and legs (no doubt they have their uses)
    Are members of a little frame, much smaller than a goose's!

    |Both|
    Oh! isn't he a curious bird, that red, long-legged Flamingo?
    A water bird, a gawky bird, a singular bird, by jingo!

    19. Animal Fair (Traditional folk song)

    25 Short Animal Poems for Kids

    I went to the animal fair,
    The birds and the beasts were there;
    The big baboon by the light of the moon
    Was combing his auburn hair.

    The monkey fell out of his bunk
    And slid down the elephant's trunk,
    The elephant sneezed - Achoo
    And fell on his knees
    And what becomes of the monkey, monkey, monk?

    20. The Big Baboon by Hilaire Belloc

    25 Short Animal Poems for Kids

    The Big Baboon is found upon
    The plains of Cariboo:
    He goes about with nothing on
    (A shocking thing to do).

    But if he dressed up respectably
    And let his whiskers grow,
    How like this Big Baboon would be
    To Mister So-and-so!

    Famous animal poems

    21. The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt

    25 Short Animal Poems for Kids

    Will you walk into my parlor?" said the Spider to the Fly,
    'Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy;
    The way into my parlor is up a winding stair,
    And I've many curious things to show when you are there."
    Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "to ask me is in vain,
    For who goes up your winding stair can ne'er come down again."

    "I'm sure you must be weary, dear, with soaring up so high;
    Will you rest upon my little bed?" said the Spider to the Fly.
    "There are pretty curtains drawn around; the sheets are fine and thin,
    And if you like to rest awhile, I'll snugly tuck you in!"
    Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "for I've often heard it said,
    They never, never wake again, who sleep upon your bed!"

    Said the cunning Spider to the Fly, " Dear friend what can I do,
    To prove the warm affection I've always felt for you?
    I have within my pantry, good store of all that's nice;
    I'm sure you're very welcome - will you please take a slice?"
    "Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "kind Sir, that cannot be,
    I've heard what's in your pantry, and I do not wish to see!"

    "Sweet creature!" said the Spider, "you're witty and you're wise,
    How handsome are your gauzy wings, how brilliant are your eyes!
    I have a little looking-glass upon my parlor shelf,
    If you'll step in one moment, dear, you shall behold yourself."
    "I thank you, gentle sir," she said, "for what you're pleased to say,
    And bidding you good morning now, I'll call another day."

    The Spider turned him round about, and went into his den,
    For well he knew the silly Fly would soon come back again:
    So he wove a subtle web, in a little corner sly,
    And set his table ready, to dine upon the Fly.
    Then he came out to his door again, and merrily did sing,
    "Come hither, hither, pretty Fly, with the pearl and silver wing;
    Your robes are green and purple - there's a crest upon your head;
    Your eyes are like the diamond bright, but mine are dull as lead!"

    Alas, alas! how very soon this silly little Fly,
    Hearing his wily, flattering words, came slowly flitting by;
    With buzzing wings, she hung aloft, then near and nearer drew,
    Thinking only of her brilliant eyes, and green and purple hue -
    Thinking only of her crested head - poor foolish thing! At last,
    Up jumped the cunning Spider, and fiercely held her fast.
    He dragged her up his winding stair, into his dismal den,
    Within his little parlor - but she ne'er came out again!

    And now dear little children, who may this story read,
    To idle, silly flattering words, I pray you ne'er give heed:
    Unto an evil counselor, close heart and ear and eye,
    And take a lesson from this tale, of the Spider and the Fly.

    22. The Donkey by G K Chesterton

    25 Short Animal Poems for Kids

    When fishes flew and forests walked
    And figs grew upon thorn,
    Some moment when the moon was blood
    Then surely I was born.

    With monstrous head and sickening cry
    And ears like errant wings,
    The devil's walking parody
    On all four-footed things.

    The tattered outlaw of the earth,
    Of ancient crooked will;
    Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
    I keep my secret still.

    Fools! For I also had my hour;
    One far fierce hour and sweet:
    There was a shout about my ears,
    And palms before my feet.

    23. She Sights a Bird - She Chuckles by Emily Dickinson

    25 Short Animal Poems for Kids

    She sights a Bird she chuckles-
    She flattens then she crawls-
    She runs without the look of feet-
    Her eyes increase to Balls-

    Her Jaws stir-twitching-hungry-
    Her Teeth can hardly stand-
    She leaps, but Robin leaped the first-
    Ah, Pussy, of the Sand,

    The Hopes so juicy ripening-
    You almost bathed your Tongue-
    When Bliss disclosed a hundred Toes-
    And fled with everyone-

    24. The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll

    25 Short Animal Poems for Kids

    The sun was shining on the sea,
    Shining with all his might:
    He did his very best to make
    The billows smooth and bright-
    And this was odd because it was
    The middle of the night.

    The moon was shining sulkily,
    Because she thought the sun
    Had got no business to be there
    After the day was done-
    "It's very rude of him," she said,
    "To come and spoil the fun!"

    The sea was wet as wet could be,
    The sands were dry as dry.
    You could not see a cloud, because
    No cloud was in the sky:
    No birds were flying overhead-
    There were no birds to fly.

    The Walrus and the Carpenter
    Were walking close at hand;
    They wept like anything to see
    Such quantities of sand:
    "If this were only cleared away,"
    They said, "it would be grand!"

    "If seven maids with seven mops
    Swept it for half a year,
    Do you suppose," the Walrus said,
    "That they could get it clear?"
    "I doubt it," said the Carpenter,
    And shed a bitter tear.

    "O Oysters come and walk with us!"
    The Walrus did beseech.
    "A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
    Along the briny beach:
    We cannot do with more than four,
    To give a hand to each."

    The eldest Oyster looked at him,
    But not a word he said:
    The eldest Oyster winked his eye,
    And shook his heavy head--
    Meaning to say he did not choose
    To leave the oyster-bed.

    But four young Oysters hurried up,
    All eager for the treat:
    Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,
    Their shoes were clean and neat-
    And this was odd, because, you know,
    They hadn't any feet.

    Four other Oysters followed them,
    And yet another four;
    And thick and fast they came at last,
    And more, and more, and more--
    All hopping through the frothy waves,
    And scrambling to the shore.

    The Walrus and the Carpenter
    Walked on a mile or so,
    And then they rested on a rock,
    Conveniently low:
    And all the little Oysters stood
    And waited in a row.

    "The time has come," the Walrus said,
    "To talk of many things:
    Of shoes-and ships-and sealing-wax-
    Of cabbages and kings-
    And why the sea is boiling hot-
    And whether pigs have wings."

    "But wait a bit," the Oysters cried,
    "Before we have our chat;
    For some of us are out of breath,
    And all of us are fat!"
    "No hurry!" said the Carpenter.
    They thanked him much for that.

    "A loaf of bread," the Walrus said,
    "Is what we chiefly need;
    Pepper and vinegar besides
    Are very good indeed-
    Now, if you're ready, Oysters dear,
    We can begin to feed."

    "But not on us," the Oysters cried,
    Turning a little blue.
    "After such kindness, that would be
    A dismal thing to do!"
    "The night is fine," the Walrus said,
    "Do you admire the view?"

    "It was so kind of you to come,
    And you are very nice!"
    The Carpenter said nothing but,
    Cut us another slice.
    I wish you were not quite so deaf-
    I've had to ask you twice!

    "It seems a shame," the Walrus said,
    "To play them such a trick.
    After we've brought them out so far
    And made them trot so quick!"
    The Carpenter said nothing but,
    The butter's spread too thick!

    "I weep for you," the Walrus said,
    "I deeply sympathize."
    With sobs and tears, he sorted out
    Those of the largest size,
    Holding his pocket-handkerchief
    Before his streaming eyes.

    "O Oysters," said the Carpenter,
    "You've had a pleasant run!
    Shall we be trotting home again?"
    But answer came there none-
    And this was scarcely odd, because
    They'd eaten everyone.

    25. Snake by D H Lawrence

    25 Short Animal Poems for Kids

    A snake came to my water-trough
    On a hot, hot day, and I in pajamas for the heat,
    To drink there.

    In the deep, strange-scented shade of the great dark carob tree
    I came down the steps with my pitcher
    And must wait, must stand and wait, for there he was at the trough
    before me.

    He reached down from a fissure in the earth-wall in the gloom
    And trailed his yellow-brown slackness soft-bellied down, over
    the edge of the stone trough
    And rested his throat upon the stone bottom,
    And where the water had dripped from the tap, in a small clearness,
    He sipped with his straight mouth,
    Softly drank through his straight gums, into his slack long body,
    Silently.

    Someone was before me at my water-trough,
    And I, like a second-comer, waiting.

    He lifted his head from his drinking, as cattle do,
    And looked at me vaguely, as drinking cattle do,
    And flickered his two-forked tongue from his lips, and mused
    a moment,
    And stooped and drank a little more,
    Being earth-brown, earth-golden from the burning bowels
    of the earth
    On the day of Sicilian July, with Etna smoking.

    The voice of my education said to me
    He must be killed,
    For in Sicily the black, black snakes are innocent, the gold
    are venomous.

    And voices in me said, If you were a man
    You would take a stick and break him now, and finish him off.

    But must I confess how I liked him,
    How glad I was he had come like a guest in quiet, to drink
    at my water-trough
    And depart peaceful, pacified, and thankless,
    Into the burning bowels of this earth?

    Was it cowardice, that I dared not kill him?
    Was it perversity, that I longed to talk to him?
    Was it humility, to feel so honored?
    I felt so honored.

    And yet those voices:
    If you were not afraid, you would kill him!

    And truly I was afraid, I was most afraid,
    But even so, honored still more
    That he should seek my hospitality
    From out the dark door of the secret earth.

    He drank enough
    And lifted his head, dreamily, as one who has drunken,
    And flickered his tongue like a forked night on the air, so black,
    Seeming to lick his lips,
    And looked around like a god, unseeing, into the air,
    And slowly turned his head,
    And slowly, very slowly, as if thrice a dream,
    Proceeded to draw his slow length curving round
    And climb again the broken bank of my wall-face.

    And as he put his head into that dreadful hole,
    And as he slowly drew up, snake-easing his shoulders,
    and entered farther,
    A sort of horror, a sort of protest against his withdrawing into
    that horrid black hole,
    Deliberately going into the blackness, and slowly drawing
    himself after,
    Overcame me now his back was turned.

    I looked around, I put down my pitcher,
    I picked up a clumsy log
    And threw it at the water-trough with a clatter.

    I think it did not hit him,
    But suddenly that part of him that was left behind convulsed
    in undignified haste,
    Writhed like lightning, and was gone
    Into the black hole, the earth-lipped fissure in the wall-front,
    At which, in the intense still noon, I stared with fascination.

    And immediately I regretted it.
    I thought how paltry, how vulgar, what a mean act!
    I despised myself and the voices of my accursed human education.

    And I thought of the albatross,
    And I wished he would come back, my snake.

    For he seemed to me again like a king,
    Like a king in exile, uncrowned in the underworld,
    Now due to be crowned again.

    And so, I missed my chance with one of the lords
    Of life.
    And I have something to expiate:
    A pettiness.

    Hope you and your child loved reading these animal poems just as we enjoyed putting together this collection of some of the best poems on animals.

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