THE BALLAD OF KEVIN THE KANGAROO

Kevin the Kangaroo

just couldn’t hop and jump,

whilst all his friends were playing

he would sit there like a grump.

 

They’d jump across the fences

and jump across the land

leaping and laughing

and waving their small hands

 

They’d race all around

on their powerful back legs,

then jump over washing lines

with colourful little pegs.

 

And when the day was over

they’d have a rest, it seems,

with a meal of fresh green leaves

and Mexican jumping beans.

 

His friends tried to teach him

how to hop, skip and jump

and though he tried and tried,

he always ended with the hump.

 

Nobody could explain

why he had this terrible plight

and many a time you could hear him

crying long into the night.

 

One day when he was shuffling about

picking flowers for his Mum,

he tripped and fell through a gate

ending up dizzy, on his bum.

 

Dusting off his big long tail,

he noticed with dismay

that the gate had closed behind him

and was now blocking his way.

 

His friends, they tried to open it

with teeth and tails and feet

but it simply wouldn’t budge,

so they sat down in defeat.

 

“You’ll have to jump the gate”, they said,

“Its easy if you try”.

But try as he might he just couldn’t jump

and instead he started to cry.

 

Just then, a curious little Bilby,

like a mouse with big pointy ears,

crawled out of his hole in the dusty ground

to see who was making the noise.

 

Twitching his ears and snuffling his nose

he eventually spotted poor Kevin,

disturbing his peaceful afternoon nap,

with all his noisy sobbing.

 

He sneaked across to the raucous Roo,

being careful not to be seen,

until he arrived at the side of a rock

from where he could take in the scene.

 

“A Kangaroo that can’t jump,

well that’s a strange to-do,

but we’ll soon have him sorted out,

all he needs is a little chew”.

 

His friends now saw the Bilby

sneaking round behind poor Kevin,

but he couldn’t hear their warning shouts

for he was making such a din.

 

The Bilby now attacked

sinking his teeth, up to his gums,

right into the woeful Kangaroo’s

big round hairy bum.

 

Kevin screamed and took off in the air

faster than a bullet from a gun,

he cleared the gate and his friends cried, “WAIT!”,

but he was off like a train on the run.

 

Billy the Bilby, for that was his name,

just held his tummy and laughed,

making his way back to his little hole

for another short snooze then a bath.

 

Kevin slowed, then finally stopped,

waiting for his breathless friends,

they all sat down and had a good laugh

about the Bilby and his sharp little fangs.

 

Jumping was no longer a problem

for Kevin the Kangaroo,

but his friends could no longer keep up with him

as across the outback he flew.

 

Many long years later,

he won a smashing award

He took part in the Animal Olympics

after training very hard.

 

A nice shiny golden cup

and a medal made him smile,

for he’d broken the record for high-jump

as well as the one-minute mile.

 

 

*

Written by Darren Scanlon, 16th September 2015.

©2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.

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25 Comments Add yours

  1. Rita says:

    Fantastic, Darren. Yay, Kevin. You got by with a little help from your friends (smiles)

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    1. And a nasty bite on the bum!! 😂😂 Thanks Rita.

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      1. Rita says:

        Well, sometimes we all need a little kick (bite) in the ass to get moving 😝

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      2. Indeed we do 😈

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  2. noelleg44 says:

    Charming, Darren,. A real winner

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Thumbup says:

    Love happy endings! Bite! Bite! Bite!

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    1. Ha Haaaa! Me too.

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      1. Anonymous says:

        Ha ha very good

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Enjoyed the rhyme and the story. Might want to change “of” to “off” here: Dusting of his big long tail,

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Well spotted. Thanks 😉

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  5. olganm says:

    Good result! Perhaps they should sign the Bilby as a high jump coach!

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    1. Thats an idea😂😂 Thanks Olga.

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  6. kcg1974 says:

    We can all use a little push to conquer our fears, one way or the other. Well done, Darren. 😊

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    1. Indeed we do, Kim. Thank you. 🙂🙃

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      1. kcg1974 says:

        Most welcome, Darren. Loved your the courage of little ‘Kevin!’

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  7. Susan Langer says:

    Funny poem and story. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Susan. 🙂🙃

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  8. Anonymous says:

    I love it, very cute …

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  9. Olga says:

    Loved this poem with a bit of humor and a moral. The introduction of Bilby was genius. Enjoyed the read immensely!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks, Olga. 🙃🙂

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      1. Olga says:

        By the way, I almost didn’t recognize you with the new on-line photo. 🙂

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      2. Its My 2016 look.

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  10. gauravbarot says:

    Brilliant!!

    Liked by 1 person

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