Hickory Dickory Dance: A Need to Feed Poem

Hi teachers! Here’s another poem from my new 30 Painless Classroom Poems book, A Need to Feed: Poems of Predators and Prey.

Chimpanzee: Hickory Dickory Dance

Note: Chimpanzees like to poke anthills and termite mounds with a stick (from an arrowwood plant, not a hickory tree!). Ants run up the stick, and the chimpanzees slurp them right off!

A Note from the Poet:

This poem was SO MUCH FUN to write! Taking a poem or a song that you already know, and then changing the words but keeping the same beat and rhyme scheme (where the words are that rhyme with each other)?that’s an awesome way to try rhyming poetry. Rhyme is really hard to write, and doing a poem or song parody is kind of like having training wheels. If you don’t know the “Hickory Dickory Dock” nursery rhyme, you can find it online.

 

A Need to Feed: Poems of Predators and Prey, is part of my 30 Painless Classroom Poems series.
A Need to Feed: Poems of Predators and Prey, is part of my 30 Painless Classroom Poems series.

6 Responses

  1. I knew this one would be fun once I read the title. It was more than fun. It went from fun to funny! Enjoyed this! I liked how you took Hickory Dickory Dock and gave it a twist. You’re so clever.

    1. Thanks, Linda. I appreciate that. I wanted to give each predator its own personality and mood. If the whole collection was sad and serious, I don’t think I could bear to read it myself:>)

  2. I knew this one would be fun once I read the title. It was more than fun. It went from fun to funny! Enjoyed this! I liked how you took Hickory Dickory Dock and gave it a twist. You’re so clever.

    1. Thanks, Linda. I appreciate that. I wanted to give each predator its own personality and mood. If the whole collection was sad and serious, I don’t think I could bear to read it myself:>)

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