Tuesday, 8 December 2015

POEM - The Kakapo

This poem was inspired by a conversation with Nottingham poet Martin Grey, who asked me to write something about the Kakapo, everyone's favourite endangered antipodean. Kakapos are beautiful flightless birds who live in New Zealand and almost suffered a similar fate to that of the Dodo. So here we go, this is a poem about the Kakapo:

The Kakapo is large and slow
And isn't scared of strangers.
A friendly bird. From what I've heard,
He doesn't notice danger.

The Kakapo has scaly toes
And undernourished wings.
He can't fly or climb so high,
But he's good at other things.

The Kakapo sings loud and low
Just like a baritone.
He wakes at night and doesn't bite;
His habits are well known.

His plumage gleams yellow and green
To help him camouflage.
And he's adapted to be rapid
When he's on the march.

The Kakapo, that so-and-so!
That feathered optimist!
His island home was overthrown
By human colonists.

The Kakapo wanted to know
The visitors' intentions.
So, curious, he caused a fuss,
And garnered their attention.

The colonists could not resist
A birdy so delicious.
The Kakapo was awfully slow –
And not the least suspicious.

This twilight owl was not a fowl
Who lived by trepidation,
And mariners did not discuss
New Zealand conservation.

And thus and so, the Kakapo
Is pretty much endangered.
And that is why, if you can't fly
You shouldn't talk to strangers.



  1. Delightful, and it packs its punch!

    1. Thanks Caroline! I was running out of rhymes for 'Kakapo' by the end!