Shark Salad

by Harry Laing

Juggle toasters in the rain
ask a zombie to your party
wear a sheep when you mean shirt
and teach your dog karate

go swimming in a chicken-pool
brush your teeth with lipstick
take a chimpanzee to school
and watch it go ballistic

ring someone on your frying pan
eat ice-cream with a penguin
fill up the car with chocolate sauce
then listen to the engine

try surfing on an ironing board
in a wetsuit made of pasta
use cabbages for running shoes
you can bet that you’ll run faster

don’t worry if you mix up words
saying shark instead of salad
it’s fun to talk in doughnuts, mate
that’s the point of this old ballad.

  — Harry Laing

Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved. From Shoctopus: Poems to Grip You!. Bunda Press. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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From Shoctopus: Poems to Grip You!

A fresh, funny and catchy collection of poems with illustrations for 6-12 yr olds. Shape-poems, verb-poems, chants, songs, rhymes, rap, they’re all jumping off the page. ‘A wonderful, eclectic collection of verse, this book offers a great introduction to the possibilities of language and the notion that poetry can indeed be fun.’ From the review in Reading Time where Shoctopus is Highly Recommended.

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About the Author

Harry Laing is a poet, children’s author and comic performer. Shoctopus: Poems to Grip You! came out in 2015. MoonFish, a poetry picture book featuring art by some of Australia’s best known illustrators came out in 2019. He lives beside the beautiful Monga National Park in NSW, Australia. His favourite subjects are cheese, wombats, angry old ladies and strange pets. You can find him performing his poems on YouTube. His website is

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