Tom was very bad at sums –
He used his fingers, toes and thumbs –
Tom said, “I couldn’t be much badder,
I think I’ll try to use and adder.”
He went into the shop and tried
But the adder bit him, and he died.
Source: A second Australian Poetry Book compiled by Barbara Giles (Oxford University Press, 1983)
Libby Hathorn reads from the ABC Book of Australian Poetry – The Beach by William Hart Smith and The Sea by Lilith Norman.
Deep glass-green seas
with their green-glass jaws.
But little waves
and nibble softly at the sand.
Source: The ABC Book of Australian Poetry: a treasury for young people compiled by Libby Hathorn (ABC Books 2010)