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The Plaint Of The Camel

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Canary-Birds feed on sugar and seed,
Parrots have crackers to crunch:
And, as for the poodles, they tell me the noodles
Have chickens and cream for their lunch.
But there's never a question
About MY digestion—
Anything does for me!

'Cats, you're aware, can repose in a chair,
Chickens can roost upon rails;
Puppies are able to sleep in a stable,
And oysters can slumber in pails.
But no one supposes
A poor Camel dozes—
Any place does for me!

'Lambs are enclosed where it's never exposed,
Coops are constructed for hens:
Kittens are treated to houses well heated,
And pigs are protected by pens.
But a Camel comes handy
Wherever it's sandy—
Anywhere does for me!

'People would laugh if you rode a giraffe,
Or mounted the back of an ox;
It's nobody's habit to ride on a rabbit,
Or try to bestraddle a fox.
But as for a Camel, he's
Ridden by families—
Any load does for me!

'A snake is as round as a hole in the ground,
And weasels are wavy and sleek;
And no alligator could ever be straighter
Than lizards that live in a creek,
But a Camel's all lumpy
And bumpy and humpy—
Any shape does for me!'

Susan Williams 24 January 2016

Can you hear the delighted laughter of children as they lie in bed being read this by their father? What a happy way to send a tot off to dreamland. Charles Edward Carryl was a treasure and still is.

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Ratnakar Mandlik 24 January 2016

Comparison of camel and it's habitat and other animals and birds in a jolly way is very lovely and interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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Meera 31 August 2018

Have loved this poem from the time I was in school.

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Renu Tewari 09 August 2016

Awesome, lovely! It makes me feel so empathetic to the gentle, unassuming camel.

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Aastha Kumari 01 May 2018

Add a comment The plaint of camel

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Congratulations with the Poem Hunter's choice of the Classic Poem of the Day. True fantastic poem!

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Congratulations! Enjoyed very much this famous poem full of humor. True wonderful and so refreshening! Congrats being chosen again as The Poem Of The Day!

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A well crafted poem. Very entertaining. Great images.

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Harley White 30 April 2021

Ah, what a delight to read! Thank you for posting it...

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Lakshya Prasanna 22 November 2020

it" s so funny that i can" t stop laughing! ! !

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