Gerbil, Gerbil, On the Run

A Funny Pet Poem for Kids

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From the book The Tighty-Whitey Spider


Gerbil, gerbil, on the run
in your wheel, that looks like fun.
You must be in awesome shape.
Are you trying to escape?

Is that why you dug a hole?
Where’d you get that vaulting pole?
That looks like my grappling hook.
Give me back that rope you took.

Tell me what that ladder’s for.
Why’s that hacksaw on the floor?
Are those cable cutters there?
Do I see a signal flare?

Crowbar, blowtorch, chainsaw too?
What do you expect to do?
How’d you get that fuse to light?
Hey! That looks like dynamite!

Quick! Get out! It might explode!
Scram! Skedaddle! Hit the road!
Man, I’ll miss you. You were fun.
Gerbil, gerbil, on the run.

 — Kenn Nesbitt

Copyright © 2010. All Rights Reserved.

Reading Level: Grade 1

Topics: Animal Poems

Poetic Techniques: Anthropomorphism & Personification, List Poems


From the Book The Tighty-Whitey Spider

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