Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Poo at the Zoo

Mrs Crayon's typing fingers are a twitchin'. The rhyming cogs in her head are whizzing round at centrifugal speed. She is gripped by an overwhelming urge to grab her paintbrushes and start doodling!

So what on earth is prompting this sudden outpouring of creativity? Well, it's poo if you must know! Yes poo! Whilst quite by coincidence, the word poo is bandied about left, right, and centre by the Reception learners at Sunnyside School, due to the fact that it's currently the rudest word they know, it has nothing to do with this, but everything to do with the fact that THE NATIONAL POO MUSEUM has just opened it's doors to the public, a mere stones throw from Sunnyside School at the Isle of Wight Zoo.

What's all the more exciting about this unique happening, is that THE NATIONAL POO MUSEUM is the brainchild of Dan Roberts aka 'Daring Dan Recycle Man' one member of a group of brilliant artists from Eccleston George Public Artists. 

Sunnyside School has been fortunate enough to have worked with this talented team on a number of occasions over the years, from making art on the beach, to helping to create an outdoor classroom in the grounds of Sunnyside School. 

It is Dan's incredible inventiveness that has continued to impress and inspire Mrs Crayon, and as a result she has dedicated several stories and rhymes to 'Daring Dan' alone. So having already written about his hair-raising attempts to fly, and his ingenious clean up operation following a rather unfortunate cooking episode, how the blazes could she not put Biro to paper and conjure up a rhyme to celebrate the fact that thanks to Dan and the Ecclestone George geniuses, Whippy Cove has a poo museum!!!

Daring Dan poo-collector man!

Daring Dan recycles things
From bits of wood to broken springs,
Plastic tubing big and small,
Daring Dan collects it all.
Twisted metal dulled by rust,
Teapots, saucepans, Dan's not fussed!
It's all treasure in Dan's head,
And so he piles it in his shed.

Along with......

Pencil shavings, chicken wire,
Toilet seats, a tractor tyre,
Bottle tops, ceramic tiles,
Candles, handles, knobs and dials.
Deckchairs, magnets, cogs and wheels,
Curling tongs and fishing reels.
Walking sticks, an antique chair, 
Floor to ceiling Tupperware!
Bent umbrellas, fountain pens,
A stethoscope, a camera lens,
Copper piping, biscuit tins,
Watches, swatches, violins.

Now in amongst all this to do,
Dan thought he'd start collecting poo!
He made the somewhat odd decision,
To build a pooey exhibition.
It was Dan's unique intention,
To give all poo more of a mention.
And so he packed his home-made tent,
To scour the land for excrement.
Dan gathered poo from all around,
You'll be amazed at what he found!
From animals of every species,
He bagged a dollop of their faeces.
Now, whilst this might seem rather queer,
Dan set them in a resin sphere, 
And trapped within, in all their glory,
They tell a fascinating story.

Dan soon developed an affection 
For his mounting poo collection,
But then arrived the perfect day,
To put his poo gems on display.
Now everybody else can see 'em
At The National Poo Museum,
You won't forget the day you came,
You'll never look at poo the same!
And once you've seen this pooey show,
You'll find you're in the pooey know,
Then no doubt you'll become a fan,
Of poo-collector Daring Dan!

"Ahhh! I can see it all now.....Poo-fuelled rockets to the moon!"

For more information about THE NATIONAL POO MUSEUM


  1. If there's a genius working away in Whippy Cove it's you Nicola! You've got to make a book and have an exhibition of your poems and paintings. They're amazing and brighten up everyone's lives! Dan

  2. Thank you Dan so much! I hope to do all those things in the not too distant future. So glad you like your poem. I see from the FB post that I wasn't far off with all the bits and bobs gathering in the studio. I see I left out the bongos, but then there ain't much that rhymes with bongos!!!