When meerkats have a day-off planned,
The family outing starts!
Young meerkats scamper cross the land
With joy inside their hearts!
The kiddies do what kiddies do
And frolic in the sun,
With parents hoping they'll live through
What's needed to be done...
From Meerkat Manor they've explored,
Their day-off to peruse,
That yonder hill that they've ignored
Till now the one they choose...
As kiddies climb, they might get weak
And that could calm them down,
Yet since some kiddies are unique,
These kiddies went to town!
The parents crawled the final stage...
Fatique had worn them out...
You'll know it when you reach that age...
Your bones display no doubt...
So meerkat Mum and meerkat Dad,
Were glad they made it home!
They ached so much that they felt bad,
Vowed never more to roam!
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The poem is based on the magnificent painting
by Stephen Gayford called 'Family Outing'.
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