Andy Perry is a groom/general assistant here at our donkey assisted therapy centre in Birmingham. He’s written this beautiful poem about our donkeys. We thought you would like to read it too!
Twenty one lovely donkeys
The dawn light broke upon the fields and trees of Sutton Park,
Where buzzards, cows and rabbits were all rising with the lark.
And where the sunlight broke upon a row of little sheds,
Warmed twenty faces, forty ears and eighty spindly legs.
For here are Sutton’s donkeys (the hidden Donkey Sanctuary),
A place where donkeys canter and where children laugh with glee.
So, warming now, the morning sun each nose and ear and cheek,
The donkeys walk out to the fields and thus begin to speak...
“Good morning brothers” Alvis said as he addressed the twins,
With Bob and Lob it’s hard to tell where one ends and one begins.
“Hello Alvis” they said as one, “Have a lovely day today”
For Alvis was on a visit to a nursing home that day.
Moses walked across the grass, dapples upon his sides and throat,
And said hello to Oscar (who had stolen someone’s coat).
For Oscar’s always cheeky and Moses is always calm,
Whilst Moses comes and cuddles, Oscar raises some alarm!
Suddenly the big boy, the big brown donkey Shocks,
Came shining through the sunlight from his withers to his hocks.
He bent down low to Cisco, the smallest in the place,
A little boy well travelled as he flew over from the states.
Now Cisco’s quite a terror, he loves to play-fight in a frenzy,
Running round and round the fields with his best mate Mackenzie.
Mackenzie is the fastest and he’s a handsome donkey, too,
He would win in any derby and Zeb would come in number two!
Zebedee’s our lanky lad, just one of two white boys,
The other one is Milo who now kicks up quite a noise.
He’s our tapping donkey dancer complete with metal shoes,
You can always here him coming when he taps his ones and twos.
As the sun climbed ever higher Milo spoke to big Donk Dean,
“Have you heard about the new boy and about all the things he’s seen?”
“I’ve heard that he’s from Blackpool, according to the goss,
But he better play by my rules!” For you see, Donk Dean’s the boss.
The new boy’s name is Teddy (he’s big and tall and grand),
Before coming down to Sutton he lived his life on Blackpool sands.
Teddy sauntered slowly and “Good day!” he said to King,
Who’s legs are really stripy and he’s quite a cheeky thing.
“Hello!” Said King, but quickly, because he was on his way,
To run around with Alfie, “Hey Alfie, come and play!”
“I’d love to King,” said Alfie “To play-fight and go berserk,
But I’m needed in the arena, yes I’ve got to go to work”.
So Alfie went with Jacko, a donkey cute and brown,
Who is always great with children pulling carts around and round.
Now Jacko works with Rambo, but outside of Sutton Park,
Yet brown Jacko and brown Rambo are so hard to tell apart!
So the donkeys both went off to work (something they could not avoid),
And as they went inside they both said hello to Lloyd.
“Hello good sir” they said to Lloyd, “hello” said he to they,
Lloyd has long and luscious legs and a loud excited bray.
“Do you think it’s tea time?” Said Lloyd to Charlie C,
(‘Cus Lloyd is always hungry and would eat breakfast, lunch and tea).
“Well I’ve just had a carrot” said Charlie licking lips,
For Charlie C and Donk Dean get some extra tasty bits.
Donk’s been round the longest whilst Junior is brand new,
Junior loves to dig his holes and gets stuck down in them, too!
“A lovely day” said Junior to Tony at midday,
“Why yes it is” said tony as the sunshine shone away.
For Tony’s used to sunshine, as he’s from Blackpool too,
He’s almost the last donkey running round this donkey zoo.
Christopher comes last of all; he’s the biggest boy we’ve got,
He’s often still a little shy and sometimes off he’ll trot.
But he’s making such good progress with lots of donkey friends,
And we know he’ll be amazing in the arena in the end.
Twenty one lovely donkeys (well, in the year twenty fourteen),
Braying, running, playing in this lovely donkey scene.
Some very happy donkeys as the sunlight turns to dark,
Who cozy up at bedtime in the Sanctuary in the park.