Tuesday, November 14, 2017


An elephant is Dumbo.
A tiger is a Tigger.
A clownfish is a Nemo,
until a child grows bigger

and is sent off to a teacher
who schools the proper names.
Elephus maximus is correct,
but it doesn't feel the same!

For The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads


Sherry Marr said...

School can take all the wonder out of an elephant. Thankfully, kids can put it back in.

Rommy said...

Reminded me of some of the ways my kids named things when they were little.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

This is so true.. when young our imagination is vivid and brilliant. School ruins all the fun ;)

Kim Russell said...

There's an advert on British TV that has adults eating Haribo sweets and speaking to each other but the voices are all little children's chatting in toddler talk. Why speak to children in two languages when one is confusing enough?!

Jazzbumpa said...

this got a smile from me

it's all part of how we educate good little citizens

isn't it.


Toni Spencer said...

I totally agree with Kim. Luckily my parents spoke to me in "adult". School mos def takes the fun out of life.

Susie Clevenger said...

No, it is sad when fairytales must sit with the big words.

Anonymous said...

I done seen an elephant fly, but no higher than this.

vineet kaushik said...

Cute one. Reminded me of my little girl calling the tiger as Tigger. Also she had Nemo name for our fish in home acuarium. I m far away from your country, but poetry seems to have diminished the distance. I can feel the true meaning of this poem same as u.

Marian said...