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Green Frog Poetry Club
A poem from one of the Greats

This months poem is by the wonderful
C.J. Dennis
who lived from (1876-1936)
A wonderful poem to learn by heart!

 

 

The

Triantiwontigongolope

 

There's a very funny insect that you do not often spy,

And it isn't quite a spider and it isn't quite a fly;

It is something like a beetle and a little like a bee,

But nothing like a woolly grub that climbs upon a tree.

Its name is quite a hard one, but you'll learn it soon I hope

 

Tri-

                        Tri-anti-wonti-

                                                            Triantiwontigongolope

 

It lives on weeds and wattle gum, and has a funny face;

Its appetite is hearty and its manners a disgrace.

When first you come upon it, it will give you quite a scare,

But when you look for it again you find it isnt there.

And unless you call it softly it will stay away and mope.

 

So, try

 

            Tri-

                        Tri-anti-wonti-

                                                            Triantiwontigongolope

 

It trembles if you tickle it or tread upon its toes;

It is not an early riser, but it has a snobbish nose.

If you sneer at it or scold it, it will scuttle off in shame,

But it purrs and purrs quite proudly if you call it by its name,

And offer it some sandwiches of sealing wax and soap.

 

So, try

 

            Tri-

                        Tri-anti-wonti-

                                                            Triantiwontigongolope

 

But of course you haven't seen it; and I truthfully confess

That I haven't seen it either and I don't know its address.

For there isn't such an insect, though there really might have been

If the trees and grass were purple and the sky was bottle green.

It's just a little joke of mine, which you will forgive I hope.

 

Oh, try

 

            Try!

                        Tri-anti-wonti-

                                                            Triantiwontigongolope

 
 
 

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C.J. Dennis was born in a lovely little town called Auburn in South Australia.  That's just an hours drive from where I live!

MAY THE GREEN FROGS BE WITH YOU!