The whale is poetry in motion. Whales are the subject of my next set of animal panels. I rather enjoyed putting together this set. Don't get me wrong - I enjoy them all, but I think it was the colours in this set that made me feel particularly happy. And what is more delightful than a whimsical whale?
A whimsical whale poem or two, perhaps?
The Whale is found in seas and oceans,
Indulging there in fishlike motions,
But Science shows that Whales are mammals,
Like Jersey cows, and goats, and camels.
When undisturbed, the Whale will browse
Like camels, goats, and Jersey cows,
On food that satisfies its tongue,
Thus making milk to feed its young.
Asking no costly hay and oats,
Like camels, Jersey cows, and goats,
The Whale, prolific milk producer,
Should be our cheapest lactic juicer.
Our milk should all come from the sea,
But who, I ask, would want to be—
And here the proposition fails—
The milkmaid to a herd of Whales?
by Ellis Parker Butler
Never ever keep a whale in your pond
Did you ever hear of the tale,
about the Man...who kept in a small pond...a rather huge Whale.
(in my opinion, he should have gone to jail)
In this pond...the Whale would miserably sit,
whilst the Man`s friends...all stared and pocked at it.
Then one night...the rains did heavily drop,
and from the pond...the Whale did hop.
(not much of a hop, more of a twist and a belly flop)
And still the rains...did not cease to stop.
Flooding the land and lifting the house,
up a tree...ran a door mouse.
Then the house started to move and float,
being nudged by the Whale...it was now moving like a speed boat.
To the Ocean...they set sail,
the house being pushed ever faster...by the huge Whale.
Now the man lives...all alone out at sea,
with the Whales now charging Dolphins...a small fish fee,
to see The Hairless Monkey...that belongs...back in a tree.
by James Irwin