Previous: Sarah Urist Green reads “The World is Too Much With Us”
Next: Megan Fernandes reads “The Edward Albee Barn”



View count:4,150
Last sync:2023-03-09 15:00
Hannah West, the editor of Ours Poetica, reads "The Duck and the Kangaroo" by Edward Lear.

Ours Poetica will return this September!

Brought to you by Complexly, The Poetry Foundation, and poet Paige Lewis. Learn more:

11 issues of Poetry, subscribe today for $20:

Follow us elsewhere for the full Ours Poetica experience:

#poetry #ourspoetica
Hi.  I'm Hannah West.  I am the editor and one of the directors on Ours Poetica.  Today I'm going to be reading "The Duck and the Kangaroo" by Edward Lear.  I chose this poem because I think there are a lot of parents at home with their kids right now looking for ways to bring joy and levity in their lives and into their homes and I'm hoping that this can do that.

The Duck and the Kangaroo

Said the duck to the kangaroo 
     'Good gracious!  how you hop!
Over the fields and the water too,
      As if you never would stop.'
My life is a bore in this nasty pond,
And I long to go out in the world beyond!
      I wish I could hop like you!
Said the duck to the kangaroo.

'Please give me a ride on your back!'  
      Said the duck to the kangaroo.
'I would sit quite still and say nothing but "Quack"
      The whole of the long day through!
And we'd go to the Dee, and the Jelly Bo Lee,
Over the land, and over the sea;--
      Please take me a ride!  O do!'
Said the duck to the kangaroo.

Said the kangaroo to the duck
     'This requires some little reflection;
Perhaps on the whole it might bring me luck
      And there seems but one objection,
Which is, if you'll let me speak so bold,
Your feet are unpleasantly wet and cold,
And would probably give me the roo-
Matiz!'  said the kangaroo.

Said the duck, 'As I sat on the rocks,
    I  have thought over that completely,
And I bought four pairs of worsted socks
    Which fit my web-feet neatly.
And to keep out the cold I've bought a cloak,
And every day a cigar I'll smoke,
    All to follow my own dear true
    Love of a kangaroo!'

Said the kangaroo, 'I'm ready!
    All in the moonlight pale;
But to balance me well, dear duck, sit steady!
And quite at the end of my tail!'
So away they went with a hop and a bound,
And they hopped the whole world three times round;
    And who so happy, --O who,
    As the duck and the kangaroo?