Poetry Corner 3

  • A Remarkable Adventure

    by Jack Prelutsky

    I was at my bedroom table

    with a notebook open wide,

    when a giant anaconda

    started winding up my side,

    I was filled with apprehension

    and retreated down the stairs,

    to be greeted at the bottom

    by a dozen grizzly bears.

    We tumultuously tussled

    till I managed to get free,

    then I saw, with trepidation,

    there were tigers after me,

    I could fee them growing closer, I was quivering with fear,

    then I blundered into quicksand

    and began to disappear.

    I was rescued by an eagle

    that descended from the skies

    to embrace me with its talons,

    to my terror and surprise,

    but that raptor lost its purchase

    when a blizzard made me sneeze,

    and it dropped me in a thicket

    where I battered both my knees.

    I was suddenly surrounded by a troop of savage trolls,

    who maliciously informed me

    they would toast me over coals,

    I was lucky to elude them

    when they briefly looked away-

    that's the reason why my homework

    isn't here with me today.