by Allan Wolf
Let’s hop around like kangaroos!
A kanga-me. A kanga-you.
Let’s hop around like kangas do.
Let’s hop like kangaroos.
Let’s clink a pot. Let’s clank a pan.
Let’s clunk on metal kanga cans.
Let’s clang like only kangas can.
Let’s clang like kangaroos.
Let’s march our feet and clap our hands.
Let’s form a kanga marching band
and march our way to Kanga-land.
Let’s march like kangaroos.
And you can be a kanga too!
Copyright © 2012 Allan Wolf. From the book The Poetry Friday Anthology: Poems for the School Year with Connections to the Common Core. Pomelo Books. Reprinted by permission of the author.
This is a great poem to act out! I’ve got a thing for kangaroos. I’ve always wanted to keep one in my back yard, but my wife won’t let me.
Allan Wolf is an author and performance poet living in Asheville, NC. Before turning to writing full-time, Wolf was the educational director of Poetry Alive!, the national touring group that transforms poetry into theater. Wolf’s many books showcase his love of history, research, and poetry. His latest verse novel, The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic, was awarded the prestigious Claudia Lewis Poetry Award for the best poetry book of the year by Bank Street College. Watch was also chosen this year’s North Carolina Book of the Year. With literally hundreds of poems committed to memory, Wolf still travels the country presenting author visits and poetry shows for all ages.