AXOLOTL RAP

Come and rap with me, the amazing axolotl,

we can rap a little or rap A LOTTLE!

I’m the larval stage of a salamander,

but I don’t want to change and climb on your veranda,

for I’m telling you now, with no ifs or maybes,

we need no adult form for us to have babies.

We have gills and six tentacles which waft around our head,

our tentacles have tentacles, purple, brown or pink or red.

We have a broad head, four legs and a tail

and a superpower that’s been rarely known to fail,

if we lose a limb or tail to a predator’s bite

we can grow that bit again and set ourselves right.

I’m not just a smiley face and a four-footed dancer,

I’m helping science find a cure for cancer,

for my superpower of regeneration

could help humans grow back limbs after amputation.

Come and rap with me, the amazing axolotl,

we can rap it slowly or go FULL THROTTLE!

Let me tell you one thing that really gets me riled,

axolotls are nearly extinct in the wild.

We come from the lakes of central Mexico,

but home to those lakes we cannot go,

for you humans have made an unwelcome contribution

to our near extinction through expansion and pollution,

and you’ve introduced carp and tilapia fish.

Won’t you fish those monsters out and put them on a dish?

Come and rap with me, the amazing axolotl,

we can rap a little or rap A LOTTLE!

People may need permits to keep me in Australia

to prevent yet another ecological failure.

Setting me free would earn you no praise

for I’d endanger native critters in your waterways

slurping fish, worms and insects without distinction,

like tilapia and carp, I’d drive others to extinction.

Come an rap with me, the amazing axolotl,

we can rap it slowly or go FULL THROTTLE

I’ll stay safe in a tank, but don’t put me in a bottle,

I’m a critically endangered AMAZING AXOLOTL.


I am working on a collection of raps about freshwater creatures. Axolotyl Rap is one of them. What do you think? What creatures would you like to see poems about? Are they creatures who rap, or creatures who roll…? (Maybe you would like to think about what different forms of poetry can do to depict different kinds of creature, ideas, or anything.)


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