Hi, my name is Alys Jackson and I'm a poet and writer

based in Adelaide, South Australia.

My work has been published in magazines,

anthologies and online.

Cockatoo Clown

Looking breathless to the sky, I see a high trapeze,
for cockatoos are clownish acrobats.
Upon a summer’s breeze, they swing with practiced ease,
alighting just to raise their yellow hats.

Death defying in their flying, their act electrifying,
they begin to sing a raucous lullaby.
It’s too much for my mother when they start to sing another,
and she turns to kiss her friend a quick goodbye.

Then, as we pull away, with a backward glance I say,
“I’ll never see a circus act as good as yours today!”

32 thoughts on “Cockatoo Clown

    • Hi Kelsey, I’m glad you liked it. Don’t you think that cockatoos are amazing birds? I do. Alys

  1. Hi i’m Jack (10yrs) and I loved the poem because cockatoos are funny and my grandpa had one. And its really catchy and funny to read.

    • Hi Jack, I’m so glad that you thought the poem was catchy, and I agree that cockatoos are very funny birds. It’s wonderful to know that your grandpa had one! How lucky. Alys

  2. Hello again 😊 My favourite part was the “Death defying in their flying, their act electrifying” it sounds so cool.
    My favourite kinds of poems are the ones that have really cool rhyming words.
    Thanks again
    Leah ☺

    • Hi Heather, I’m so pleased that you enjoy poems with cool rhyming words because they are so much fun to write. Thank you for your comments. Bye Alys

  3. Hi my name is Mia and I am 7 years old. I liked the poem because it was good and I enjoyed reading it.

    • Hi Mia, I’m very pleased that you enjoyed reading Cockatoo Clown. They certainly are very funny birds 🙂 Bye Alys

  4. It was amazing because you never see cockatoos do that and it is just so funny to picture in your head.😅

    • Hi Abbey, I’m happy that you could picture the cockatoos in your head – I hope they didn’t give you a headache :). Bye Alys

  5. I am Aboriginal and the language name for cockatoos is Giggum. I love them and think of my ancestors whenever I see them flying over.

    • Hi Tulara – Thank you for telling me the Aboriginal name. I think your culture, stories and languages are amazing!! I am glad that you think of your ancestors when you see them flying. I shall do the same. 🙂 Bye Alys

  6. I know these birds love to squawk and play high in the sky. I have seen this circus at Goolwa river a lot and they are very noisy.

    • Hi Jack, I’m so glad you have seen cockatoos playing. They are such lovely birds. Thank you for your comments, bye Alys

    • Hi Jude, they really are very noisy, aren’t they! 🙂 Thank you for your comments, and I’m glad you like their yellow hats. Bye Alys

  7. They are loud animals aren’t they. They are sometimes are a bit silly there always being merry I liked this poem and my little brother would to if he could understand it because he loves and animals.

    • Hi Ella. Cockatoos certainly can be very loud; I agree. They sometimes sit on our washing line and shout at each other – which scares our poor cat. By the way, I’m sure your brother will understand the poem one day. Bye Alys.

  8. Hi Alys

    This poem is great, you should make some more.
    I like cockatoos yellow crests, they look like weird shaped party hats.

    PS Keep up the awesome work.
    PPS Please make some more poems they are the best poems I’ve ever heard for a very very long time.


    • Hi Flynn, thanks for the comments. I agree with you about the cockatoos’ yellow crests! PS: I will definitely write some more poems soon 🙂 Bye Alys

  9. at are old house we had lotsss of cockatoos and in the morning they were really loud.

    we also had this big tree that they always hung around in. 🙂 🙂

    • Hi Emma, thank you for telling me about the cockatoos. I agree that they can be sooo loud in the mornings! Sometimes they come to our garden and sit on my washing line! 🙂 Bye Alys

    • Hi Jacinta, what a lovely thing to say 🙂 I will definitely try to ‘keep up the good work’!!!! Bye Alys

  10. hello Alys I really enjoyed the poem alot 😉 cockatoos are very loud,
    l often see them in the trees outside the windows at school.

    Rosa! 🙂 🙂

    • Hi Rosa, I’m so glad you liked the poem. Cockatoos are so noisy, aren’t they? It must be nice to see them while you’re at school. Bye Alys 🙂

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