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.

mixed up mountain

Mixed-up Mountain

There is a secret world somewhere on an ancient brigantine.

Beached high upon a mountaintop in a sea of winter green.

The sailors gone, the story lost of how it ran aground,

But abandoned this old ship is not for by others it was found.

High up in the crow’s-nest, an almighty din is heard

And if we take a silent peek, we’ll see the strangest bird.

A parrotfish is flying high, flapping scaly wings,

Screeching at an angelfish as angelically it sings.

A spider monkey, green and red, is swinging from the rigging.

Eight arms are very helpful when you’re trying out your skipping.

Inside the ship, a dragonfly is firing up the barbie,

While zebra finch is racing home in a very mixed up Derby.

He’s neck and neck with seahorse, who then gallops round the bend,

It’s very close but zebra finch just flies by in the end.

Clownfish entertains them all by juggling under water,

Then a fearsome act performed by tiger moth and daughter.

For today’s a special birthday for someone rather swish.

The King of mixed-up Mountain

…It is the lionfish.


12 thoughts on “Mixed-up Mountain

  1. dear alys,
    this poem was GREAT!🧐🧐🧐 I really like the way you did this poem about lion fish.
    p.s can you please do a poem a elephant 🐘🐘🐘

    regards Tirath.

    • Oh my goodness Tirath, I must do a poem about an elephant – I promise that I will start thinking about one this week. 🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘 It will be my challenge!! I am so glad you liked this poem. Mixing up animals was a lot of fun. Alys

  2. Hi Alys,
    I liked the way you described all of them in your poem. It was a great poem and I enjoyed reading it. You are a genius.

    • Wow, that’s a great comment. I shall make myself a GENIUS badge and wear it everyday 😁😁😁. I’m glad you liked the poem. Alys

  3. Hi Alys
    I loved this poems and I loved it because you used a lot of rhyming word and a lot of hilarious sentences.
    I was just wondering if you could tell me how did you come up with this wonderful poem and how long
    did it take for you to write this poem?

    • Hi Tiaana, I think I came up with this poem because I was reading a book filled with crazy illustrations of plants with faces. It just got me thinking about mixed up animals. It took me a couple of months from start to the finished poem, but it was great fun trying to come up with rhymes and funny sentences 🙂 Alys

    • Thank you Vinuk – It’s nice to know that you enjoy poems that use rhyming words. They are lots of fun to write, too 😄 Alys

  4. Hi Alys,
    I liked this poem and how in this poem and in all your other poems you use you imagination.
    And in this poem you used your imagination to create a new animal and make up what it did.
    Also the words you use.
    One last question, where did you get this idea from?


    • Goodness me, I’m not sure where I got the idea from, Japleen. I must start to write down where and how I get my silly ideas so next time I can answer you! I’m glad you enjoyed it though. Did you know that all those animals are actually real? There really is a spider monkey – although it doesn’t have eight legs 😆 of course…and a lionfish…English is such a silly language. Alys 🙊🐠

    • Thank you Nuwin. This poem was a lot of fun to write. I really wish I could draw some of the animals…Alys

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