poetry friday

In the Fashion
by A.A. Milne
from When We Were Very Young

A lion has a tail and a very fine tail,
And so has an elephant, and so has a whale,
And so has a crocodile, and so has a quail —
They’ve all got tails but me.


If I had sixpence I would buy one;
I’d say to the shopman, “Let me try one”;
I’d say to the elephant, “This is my one.” 
They’d all come round to see.


Then I’d say to the lion, “Why you’ve got a tail!
And so has the elephant, and so has the whale!
And, look!  There’s a crocodile!  He’s got a tail! 
You’ve all got tails like me!”