“The Hungry Fish” Nonsense Poem by Max Scratchmann

The Hungry Fish

The goldfish was a-swimming round,

around the great big lake,

He said I want some chocolate, boys,

I wants a chocolate cake,


He said I am so hungry, boys

, that I will surely die,

So he ate the state of Texas

and a maple pecan pie.


He swallowed up three shins of beef,

he ate a leg of ham,

He thought that he was surely full,

but then he ate a yam,


He loved that sweet potato taste

and so he had some more,

And ate a spit-roast farmer’s ox

as he’d done in days of yore.


Three wombats and a grizzly bear

he swallowed one by one,

He ate a hefty hefalump,

although it weighed a ton,


A vat of crisps and ginger bread,

a stale week-old pork pie,

Two meatball cans, spaghetti hoops

and a loaf of rye.


At last he cried, enough, enough,

this is enough for me,

I have to stop the eating now,

I’m going home for me tea.