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How This Whole Zoo Started


Palm Frond Zoo

I went out for a walk one day,

around the neighborhood.

On the street, where palm trees sway,

I found a piece of wood. 


It used to be a palm frond 

that grew high in the tree.

Now, it was in my way,

and on the ground, with me.


I moved the palm frond over

barely slowing pace-

To my surprise, it looked at me

with a little creature’s face.


It had big, black, almond eyes

and an inky, puffy nose,

grey, fluffy ears and a smile.

Who was it, do you suppose?


(It starts with that Koala, 

but that’s not how it ends.)

Next time I went walking,

I discovered more new friends! 


Now a lion, horse, and owl,

a giraffe, ostrich, and fox,

and a proud tiger prowl

in my home and never stop.


Heed these words of wisdom

that I freely share with you:

Be careful when you go walking- 

you might bring home a zoo!


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