His mother shouted: “Wake up boy!

    Don’t sit and dream all day.

Your days of ease are over now.

    It’s time to catch some prey.”


Her teenage son just shut his eyes

     And mother heard him snore.

Her lazy son thought working hard

     Was something of a bore.


So, leaving him to slumber on,

    The family went ahead.

“Your brother will not eat tonight

     If he’s spent his day in bed.”


Their mother taught them useful skills

    Which through their lives they’d use.

She taught them things they mustn’t eat

    And others they should choose.


They helped their mother kill a hare

    And helped her eat it too -

But. for the tiger left at home,

     His hunger grew and grew.


It dawned on him quite suddenly

   That if you want to eat,

You must get up and out of bed

    And help to catch that meat.


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This is one of 400 poems chosen for publication in 2010 by teachers and children across West Yorkshire.  I hope you like it.

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