The land of Ling-Tong Boodle by Michael Healy


The land of Ling-Tong Boodle

by  Michael Healy

 

Down in the land of Ling-Tong Boodle,

Especially in the forest of Lisbet Doodle,

Lives a prehistoric land,

Where dinosaurs feed hand-in-hand.

 M Healy dinosaur

Ling-Tong Boodle is a very dark place,

Just not fit for the human race.

With squeaks and creaks and all strange noises,

There is never the sound of human voices.

Bubbling mud and thick smelly fog,

And creatures the size of a twenty-foot dog!

 

Overhead flies an Archaeopteryx, looking for some prey,

Whilst a Stegosaurus lumbers along, the same route every day.

With long sharp teeth which rip its food in slices,

The Triceratops watches, a meat-chewing Ceolophysis.

 

I really must get away from here,

I can feel my growing, shivering fear.

But then I turn in my comfy bed,

And gradually awake my sleepy head.

My eyes open wide, it’s all been a dream

Ling-Tong Boodle? Just my nightmare’s scene.

     BUT!!

I pull back the curtains and the sun shines for us,

What’s that on the lawn?

                         It’s             a            TYRANNOSAURUS!!!!!           

                                                                                       Michael Healy

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3 thoughts on “The land of Ling-Tong Boodle by Michael Healy

  1. Wonderful children’s poem. The choice of language and it’s rhyme gives it an ‘out-of world’ feel and lends itself to great playacting!

  2. For all of its content, this is a happy little poem. Although it is not for humans, the land of Ling Tong Boodle is not a frightful place and, as aloc67 says, ‘it lends itself to great playacting’; particularly the part where the curtains are pulled back to reveal a Tyrannosaurus on the lawn.

    If I might be so bold, I would make two small changes to verse 1. I would change lines 3 and 4 to: ‘Midst squeaks and creaks and all strange noises. There is no sound of human voices’. and I would change lines 5 and 6 to: ‘Thick, smelly smog and bubbling muck. And creatures the size of a ten ton truck!

  3. Thank you Aloc67 and David. It is always a pleasure to get positive comments and helpful constructive suggestions. Thank you both. . Do please look at “An acrostic by” on this page which you may also enjoy. Michael

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