Stephen Katona

Veteran Poet - 1,908 Points (26th November 1970 / Manchester, UK)

Pink Pyjama Party? - Poem by Stephen Katona

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.'


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.

Comments about Pink Pyjama Party? by Stephen Katona

  • Gold Star - 21,188 Points Valsa George (4/30/2015 12:20:00 AM)

    Your cartoon looks so professional and apt for the poem! Hooray.... great poet cum cartoonist! (Report) Reply

    Veteran Poet - 1,908 Points Stephen Katona (4/30/2015 2:42:00 AM)

    I only sketched out the cartoon (very badly) . The wonderful Indian cartoonist Swapan Debnath drew the above cartoon, along with about 200 others.

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  • Gold Star - 21,188 Points Valsa George (4/29/2015 6:56:00 AM)

    Your knowledge of animals is just amazing Stephen! Through this interesting poem, you have affirmed the fact that colour is only skin deep! The real worth lies somewhere deeper and we should have eyes to see it. Entertaining and edifying! Thanks! (Report) Reply

    Veteran Poet - 1,908 Points Stephen Katona (4/29/2015 11:30:00 AM)

    Thank you Valsa. You've inspired me to upload one of the cartoons that go with this poem. I started off wanting to write a poem about an albino dolphin that looks pink and wondered if there were any other weird bright pink creatures in the world. After writing the first verse I did not like what I had created and felt compelled to write the second verse. It's strange how poems sometimes just evolve into something more powerful and worthy than originally intended.

  • Gold Star - 8,126 Points Bri Edwards (4/11/2015 3:06:00 PM)

    J. Nash shares some good words, below. i like the rhyming, the story, and the human philosophy?

    ANY color of ink,
    be it blue or pink,
    can be good or bad,
    I think you know;
    ....... I'm glad.

    To MyPoemList, for its humanitarian leaning. bri :) (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 9,802 Points Heather Wilkins (10/17/2014 7:14:00 AM)

    a nice pink animal party a party for all would be a ball (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 68 Points 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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,373 Points 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

  • Silver Star - 3,245 Points Pradip Chattopadhyay (7/11/2014 4:46:00 AM)

    you write such lovely episodes about our more humane friends. (Report) Reply

    Veteran Poet - 1,908 Points Stephen Katona (7/16/2014 7:18:00 AM)

    Thank you Pradip, nature has a wonderful way of providing me with more episodes.

  • Silver Star - 3,288 Points Lorraine Colon (7/11/2014 12:13:00 AM)

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

    Veteran Poet - 1,908 Points Stephen Katona (7/16/2014 7:16:00 AM)

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

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, July 10, 2014

Poem Edited: Thursday, April 30, 2015


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