’Please do not feed the animals…’

Please do not feed the ostriches

or the polar bears

Do not offer the wombats

or the rattle-snakes

Remember that piranhas
are not allowed bananas

or partridges

Never approach a stork
with things on a fork

or the bustard
with a plate of custard.

No leopard
likes anything peppered

and meercats
disdain KitKats.

Remember that grapes
upset apes

and meringues
do the same for orangutans.

Most importantly –
do not feed the cheetah

your teacher.

Copyright: from High Tide (Salt, 2010), © Robert Hull 2010, used by permission of the author

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