Forty Purple Porpoises

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From the book The Tighty-Whitey Spider

Forty purple porpoises
on forty silver sleds
went flying by with forty
flaming rockets on their heads.

As forty horses bungie-jumped
from forty jumbo jets,
some forty mice on dirt bikes
raced with forty marmosets.

Then forty hippopotami
on forty snowmobiles
went screaming down a moutainside
with forty skiing seals.

And forty whales on skateboards
crashed in forty hockey rinks.
Yes, that’s the dream I dreamed last night
while catching forty winks.

 — Kenn Nesbitt

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Reading Level: Grade 6

Topics: Animal Poems, Dream, Sports

Poetic Techniques: Alliteration, Idioms, Narrative Poems, Nonsense Poems, Onomatopoeia, Repetition


From the Book The Tighty-Whitey Spider

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