My Very Own Monster Pet
I would like a monster pet.
The kind that children never get.
Something mean and extra large
That likes to bite or squeeze or charge.
A King Kong kind of chimpanzee.
A snake the size of Tennessee.
A two-ton kicking kangaroo.
A rhino bigger than a zoo.
A grizzly bear with sharpened claws.
A wild boar with giant jaws.
A porcupine with poison quills.
A tiger shark with razor gills.
An armadillo made of steel.
A nuclear electric eel!
That’s what I wish that I could get,
A vicious, wild, monster pet.
But if I can’t have one of these,
(No dogs, or cats, or goldfish, please)
I’ll take the pet I most adore–
I’ll settle for a dinosaur.
— Charles Ghigna
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