In the Bubble Gum Jungle

In the bubble gum jungle it is sticky and hot.
I hate it there and I like it a lot.
I have often seen six pink tortoises on a hike,
And the purple alligator riding his bike.

The flowers only come out at night,
So that they can stay in the sunlight.
The polka dot fish swim through the air,
Looking for timid lions to scare.

The flute playing snake sat on a chair,
As his long legs waved in the air.
To celebrate the drought,
We are going to the pool, to walk, cook and shout.

We love to see the Easter bunny,
He bites off our legs, “That’s so funny.”
The sick doctor is my boss,
He has taken what I lost.

The ugly orange is my friend,
He drives me mad,
I’m going round the bend.
The violent doves are full of hate,
They are always here, they are always late.

In the bubble gum jungle it is sticky and hot
I hate it there and I like it a lot.


- Roxy Kleinman (aged 9)


Premiered by Maud Millar & Christina McMaster at The London Sketch Club (Dec 2013), performed by Katie Slater & Christina McMaster at St. John's, Peterborough (18th Oct 2014), and by Sarah Gabriel and Christina McMaster at Dartington Festival (July 2015)

The images above and below are from an animation to 'In the Bubble Gum Jungle' by Jamie Reid