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'Please do not feed the animals...'

Robert Hull


'Please do not feed the animals...'

Robert Hull


Poem introduction

It's the summer holidays, and we're at the zoo.

'Please do not feed the animals...'

Please do not feed the ostriches
sandwiches

or the polar bears
eclairs.

Do not offer the wombats
kumquats

or the rattle-snakes
fruit-cakes.

Remember that piranhas
are not allowed bananas

or partridges
sausages.

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.


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

Recordings

Robert Hull reading from his poems

1A. Non

2Frost

3Hunting in February

4Hedgehog and Moonlight

5Self-advert for mole programme

6Frogs

7An April Poem

8'Gift Offer - Traditional Wishing Well - £47-50'

9Leaving

10Table

11Sound Countdown

12Houses

13Steam

14English Rules - Not OK

15As, as, as...

16Lambs in May

17Arundel Swimming Pool

18Roman Terror

19The Tale of Sir Toby the Timid

20Galileo's Story

21Space

22The Girl Who Made the Stars - A Bushman Story

23The Maker Said

24When the Creator made the birds

25Things with feathers

26Beginnings

27'Please do not feed the animals...'

28Shiny cheery poem

29High Tide

30Sea-side September

31Useful phrases for when you're on holiday

32Hedge

33Deer's Skull

34Autumn Flood

35Swallows in September

36Starting School - Preston 1912

37December

38Snow

39Robin at Christmas

40It's Christmas So....

41For Imogen - newly arrived

42Peace Process

43Recent History Lesson

44Ping Feng

45Humpty, the true story

46Evening Song

47Shadows

48The Graveyard by Croston Church School

Books by Robert Hull