I was born, I said my first word.
You must believe me; I know it’s absurd!
I said “axolotl” after much teaching!
My dad & his friend just kept up the preaching.
I think they were aiming to encourage my learning.
One day a big salary I could be earning.
Instead they awakened a quite different interest,
Pets are my obsession & I’ll never rest,
I must have more pets, I need them to love!
A snake or a ferret or maybe a dove.
To own any reptile there’s a licence to get.
I’ll get information from my favourite vet.
Once the licence is mine it will be time,
Frogs, turtles & lizards all will be mine!
I have fish, I have mammals, I have a great bird!
Now back to my childhood and to my first world.
Amphibian keeping was my destiny I thought!
I like axolotls but axolotl keeping was fraught!
But lately I heard something new,
The breeders had problems, I found it was true.
Inferior amphibians had been all you could buy.
I decided right then; again I would try.
I looked and I searched and eventually found
I was really lucky there weren’t many around
I bought my dear Flutter & her brother Danger.
From a shop I don’t know where I was a stranger.
Poor Flutter didn’t grow, a year later she died!
Her brother just stamped around; we think he cried.
So we put up her picture to be his new friend,
Now Danger is happy; a delight again!
My own axolotl to love and to hold.
Swimming about more now that it’s cold!
Strictly speaking Danger belongs to my daughter!
Tonsil surgery earned her a pet in some water!
But Tash is too young so she must go to school;
In her absence I dance to sweet Danger’s strict rule!