In Australia, land of kangaroo,
They surely know a thing or two
Of critters cute and kooky too
With bills and quills and parts askew
Whose babies hide in pockets through
Which they peek and stare at you.
There are some dangerous creatures, true,
Who’ll hunt you down and pounce and chew
You into bits. It’s what they do.
But that’s a genre we eschew
And stay true to our cute purview
In which the quokka rules the zoo
O’er koala, wombat and emu.
For these can simply not outdo
Its grin at once calm and cuckoo
To cheer the heart that’s feeling blue.
And with a little one in the crew
Your sated soul will soar anew
As mama’s pouch he jumps into
Then turns and teases “peek-a-boo!”


Via Australian Geographic on Facebook. We’ve hit peek quokka, Tina K.

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16 thoughts on “Peek-a-Boo!

  1. nanosmom December 17, 2015 / 1:31 pm

    Quokka. That’s even more fun to say than wombat. Quokka, quokka, quokka.

    • Haha December 17, 2015 / 2:08 pm

      Quokka bells,
      Quokka bells,
      Quokka’s fun to say
      Oh what fun it is to say,
      Quokka all the way.

  2. Smartypants December 17, 2015 / 1:54 pm

    “Uh, ma’am…your belly button is smiling at me!”

    Wonderful verse, NTMTOM!

  3. Maureen December 17, 2015 / 1:59 pm

    This required a double take, if not a triple!

  4. Gigi_the cat lady December 17, 2015 / 2:17 pm

    Is this a preview of the family friendly remake of Alien?

  5. patris December 17, 2015 / 2:23 pm

    I like to think it’s an adorable Russian nesting doll of happy little marsupials – the teeny one has an even teenier one in its teeny pouch, and that one has an even teenier one, and so on…

    • Maureen December 17, 2015 / 3:38 pm

      Ha, like a quokka-yoshka doll!

  6. birdcage December 17, 2015 / 3:49 pm

    What brilliant nomtommery!

  7. allein December 17, 2015 / 4:30 pm

    How long does it take you to write these things?

  8. Faye December 17, 2015 / 5:53 pm

    Pardon me, I’m feeling a bit stuffed.

  9. Deb December 17, 2015 / 6:50 pm

    Move over, Dr. Seuss! NTMTOM is really on a roll – stories, poems, this site gets better all the time, always.

  10. Kar December 18, 2015 / 3:13 am

    Mike, in another life I suspect that you composed Viking sagas or Homeric verse.


  11. Mamabear December 19, 2015 / 6:33 am

    Awww, quokka


    Bebe quokka…
    in a pouch?!

    *pees a little*

    • Faye December 19, 2015 / 9:14 am

      I thought it was just me. 🙃

  12. Night Owl December 23, 2015 / 2:21 pm

    This picture just appeared on CO too.

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