Illustration: Jonathan Evans
A cat is a cat for all that.
And a mouse is a mouse not a bat.
A hen is a hen,
Lives its life in a pen
And a plaice is a fish that is flat.
A duck is the one who says “quack”
And it sleeps with its head on its back.
Goats can be weird;
Some come with a beard
And blackbirds are naturally black.
A horse has four legs and says “neigh”.
And you seldom see owls in the day.
If a sheep you should meet,
I know it will bleat
And it’s reindeers that pull Santa’s sleigh.
It’s a hamster that plays with a wheel,
And a piglet, of course, likes to squeal.
A giraffe’s very tall,
And if I can recall -
With a ball on his nose? That’s a seal.
The whales love to swim in the sea,
And the insect who jumps is a flea.
A lily’s a lily –
Oh this poem’s so silly.
But that doesn’t matter to me.