Animal Children-02 by Edith Brown Kirkwood
Milk or meat or leather for shoes,—
Almost anything that we choose,—
We’ll find the good Cow gives with joy
To every nice little girl and boy.
I wonder where the names come from (I’m sure that you do, too).
For instance, there’s the animal that has been called the Gnu.
His race is just as strange, too, for no one seems to know
Just what he is—an antelope, horse, bull or buffalo.
Big moose came boldly from behind the tall trees,
And said in loud voice: “Who called, if you please?
I’m ready to meet any one who says ‘Fight,’
But we’ll come in the open and do the thing right.”
I am not sure I’d care to meet
This Big Horn Goat upon the street.
Not when his eyes and smile and air
Just seem to shout: “Come, if you dare!’
Brave soldier ibex stalks before the mountain fortress high,
And watches eagerly to note a stranger passing by.
“Who’s there?” he calls, and to his friends he whistles the alarm,
And off they go to mountain tops where they are safe from harm.
The chamois lives in the mountains high,
He’s ever and ever and ever so spry;
He leaps and he plays with never a fall—
I’m sure that you never could do that at all.
Billy Goat and Nanny Goat went out one day to tea.
They promised Mother Goat they’d be good as they could be,
But on the way they passed some goats who cried:”Oh, see the dude!”
And then they had to go back home for Billy got real rude.
Her coat is soft as velvet, of a lovely yellow-brown,
With a bit of fawn for trimming and a lining white as down.
Her eyes are large and kindly, she is gentle, too, as well,
You would love a little playmate as sweet as Miss Gazelle.
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