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Read Poems by Margaret Clerici

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Washday at the Zoo

                                          Washday at the Zoo

                                    Peg out the elephants!
                                    Hang up the hippos!
                                    Let the bison and wildebeest
                                    blow and billow in the wind!
                                    Fluff out your flamingoes
                                    with fabric softeners.
                                    Stick the swans on a pre-wash
                                    and get 'em whiter than white.
                                    Rhinos can go in on 95
                                    and they'll still come out
                                    a disappointing grunge of khaki-grey.
                                    (So much for the blandishments
                                    of the adman).
                                    Do tigers and zebras
                                    on a low cycle
                                    or the stripes will run.
                                    Take care with gerbels,
                                    they're liable to shrink.
                                    Sort out yer primates
                                    and read the labels --
                                    howlers are different from chimps.
                                    Oh! And watch out for snakes!
                                    They tend to slither about
                                    at the bottom of the laundry basket.
                                    One emerald green one
                                    amongst a flock of pastel doves
                                    will cause untold havoc!

                                                        Margaret Clerici

Copyright © Margaret Clerici | Year Posted 2009


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  1. Date: 2/26/2016 4:12:00 PM

    epic write, Margaret... LINDA
  1. Date: 1/4/2016 1:47:00 PM

    awesome write
  1. Date: 11/25/2009 7:49:00 AM

    i read your poem nov 2009'
  1. Date: 11/14/2009 2:55:00 PM

    enjoyed reading, today
  1. Date: 11/13/2009 3:10:00 PM

  1. Date: 11/13/2009 3:11:00 AM

    Love the humor here. Advertising to get us to buy some products plays on the little brain. Keep writing. Sara