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Charles Ghigna - Father Goose®

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Illustration by Chip Ghigna

Catfish Aren’t Furry

Catfish aren’t furry.
Bald eagles don’t lose hair.
I’ve never seen a buzzard buzz
While flying through the air.

Fiddler crabs don’t fiddle.
Sea horses have no feet.
Sea cows don’t know how to moo
And cheetahs never cheat.

Bullfrogs have no set of horns.
Flying fish don’t soar.
Dandelions aren’t fierce--
That’s why they never roar.


Matt Forrest Esenwine said...

Cute! I'll bet kids love this one. Reminds me of a poem I wrote about insects, called "Can You Saddle Up a Horsefly?"!

Bridget Magee said...

Love the way you think about each animal's name in a very literal way - just like kids! Great poem! =)

BJ Lee said...

I love this Charles! Reminds me of several Prelutsky and Silverstein poems!

Violet N. said...

Very fun with all the word play. (Also enjoyed your careerhymes at David Harrison's blog earlier this week.)

Violet N.

Mary Lee said...


Betsy Hubbard said...

Great word choice and rhyme throughout. So impressive. My students will be hearing this one next week.

Charles Ghigna said...

Thanks, everyone! I always enjoy reading your contributions to Poetry Fridays.

Betsy, thanks for sharing this one with your students. Tell 'em Father Goose says hello.