The Bathroom Bunyip by Colin Thiele


There’s a bunyip in our bathroom,

A creature strange and rare,

We haven’t really seen him

But Tom insists he’s there.


When the bathroom floor’s awash

From our watery aftermath

He says, with cheeky chuckles,

“The bunyip’s had a bath.”


When suds pour everywhere

His wit has still more scope:

“Sure, the bunyip’s had a bath

And he’s used up al the soap.”


When the drainpipe overflows

It’s the bunyip’s fault again –

“He’s fallen down the plughole

And blocked the outlet drain.”


Until at last Mum’s patience

is an overflowing cup:

“The bunyip now,” she thunders,

“Will do the cleaning up.”


Source:  Beetle Soup: Australian Stories and Poems for Children compiled by Robin Morrow (Scholastic Australia, 1996)


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