An Animal With Two Tails

(A poem for children)

Mummy, I saw an animal in the Zoo,
Perhaps you’ve seen it too,
He was huge and fat,
Many times bigger than a cat;

His eyes were very small
Much smaller than a golf ball,
He kept blinking all the while,
Continuously wagging his long tail;

You see, he had tails two,
I’m not lying, it’s true,
The tail at the back was thin,
The thick one was below his chin;

He drank water with the front tail
From a huge green pail,
He drank too much water,
Did that make him fatter?

He made a booming sound
While turning round and round,
The keeper came running in
Hearing the noise and the din;

He gave the animal a banana bunch,
Probably it was for his lunch,
In a minute, the whole thing he ate,
To eat a whole bunch is really great!

What do you call him with two tails
Who drinks water from huge pails,
Who has very small eyes
And whose legs are like big thighs?

Mummy dear laughed aloud
And hugged her son beloved,
Oh! Dear, Elephant is his name,
In the zoo, he is quite tame;

The elephant has tail only one,
The front one is called a trunk, my son,
The tail is at the back of him,
It is the one that is slim.

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I am a retired Central Government official. I worked in the Ministry of Railways, India, in locations Calcutta and Lucknow. My educational qualification is limited to Matriculation (i.e. 11th Standard). Studied in St. Michael's High School, Coimbatore. Self-study after leaving school. Interested in poetry, classics, works of famous authors of past and interesting works of present day writers. Spend a good lot of time reading and try to write poems. My date of birth is 28.10.1939.
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This is a beautifully penned poem which was a true delight to read. The innocence of a child seeing an Elephant for the first time and the ensuing awe are excellently inked in this superb poem. The visual detail is amazing! This poem has great ‘child appeal’ and it is a very appealing poem for the inner child in adults also. I so enjoyed reading this magical poem and the lovely narrated story of the animal with two tails. Thank you for sharing Raghavendran! Wonderful work! Blessings always…


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