Treasure Island

Stephen Katona

(26th November 1970 / Manchester, UK)

Pink Pyjama Party?

Now what would you think,
Of a party all pink,
With pink iguanas,
Dressed in pink pyjamas.
Guests as big as an elephant,
Their size quite irrelevant,
As long as they've the right hue,
Just remember dyes are taboo.
Their skin must be real,
To join in our meal.
The frogs can eat slugs,
And all kinds of bugs,
Like the dragon millipede,
Which is dangerous indeed.
Would it be so shocking,
When flamingoes come flocking?
Do you think I'm shallow,
To eat only marshmallow?
We'll set you a place,
If you have a pink face.

'I think, ' said a dolphin called pinky,
'This is all rather stinky.
We may look quite bizarre,
But colour is not who we are.
Our skin is only one part,
Look at others hearts,
And get to know their minds,
Then you'll find,
That it's best to be kind.
Tell everyone alive,
They can just arrive,
With their own sort of jive.
The more different their dance,
The better to enhance.
Teach us something new,
Follow a different avenue.
What might seem strange,
Can help us to change.
A party for all,
Would be a ball.'

Submitted: Thursday, July 10, 2014
Edited: Thursday, July 10, 2014

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

In 2009 an albino dolphin called Pinky was seen in Calcasieu Lake in Louisiana. The Dragon Millipede is bright pink and produces cyanide to protect itself. I was thinking of the pink faced bald Vakari monkey from the Amazon basin at the end of the first verse. Pink iguanas have been found on Wolf Volcano, on Isabela Island, one of the Galapagos islands. Pink slugs can be found on Mount Kaputas in Australia. A pink baby elephant was found in Burma in 2012. Flamingoes get a lot of their colour from the shrimp they eat.

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  • Susy Evelyne (7/21/2014 5:33:00 PM)

    I agree with Jacqueline and Pradip - you draw on your amazing knowledge of animals to show us how wonderful life could be. This pink party would be fab & please invite me! Favourite lines: shallow/marshmallow! (Report) Reply

  • Jacqueline Nash (7/21/2014 4:16:00 AM)

    It would be fantastic if in the human community we felt the same and could all look deeper than just the colour of someone's skin. I love the way you have highlighted this problem using the animal kingdom in this poem with a bit of humour thrown in. Great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Lorraine Colon (7/11/2014 12:13:00 AM)

    Nature never ceases to amaze. And your poems are amazing.... so enchanting. (Report) Reply

    Stephen Katona (7/16/2014 7:16:00 AM)

    Thank you Lorraine, your praise inspires me to keep writing.

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