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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!'

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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
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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