Posted in Funny Poem a Day

Funny Poems: Bullet Ant, by Liz Brownlee

I’m calling this a funny poem – but it certainly wouldn’t be funny if you were stung by this ant! It has the most painful sting of all ants, bees and wasps, and it can cause temporary paralysis. The terrible pain lasts for up to 24 hours. Luckily, it does not kill you!


The Bullet Ant


This creature’s sting is fiery hot.

though it’s so small it’s hard to spot.

“I’VE BEEN SHOT!” its victims pant –

that’s why it’s called the bullet ant!


© Liz Brownlee


The bullet ant is real – but you could write about a dangerous animal you know, perhaps a piranha fish, a tiger or a venomous snake, and only tell lies about the animal in your poem. Maybe you want to make it cuddly… or perhaps give it magical powers, or possibly you might want to exaggerate its dangerousness. Have fun!



Did you hear about the ant that won the Nobel Peace Prize?

˙ʇuɐ-ᴉllᴉɹq sɐʍ ǝH


The great bullet ant image above was taken in Ecuador by Gail Hampshire, gailhampshire on Flikr. It is used with a Creative Commons license.


Posted in Lego Poem

Teachers, Young Poets; Lego Poem Challenge

Here is my quick spider poem and Lego spider. Send me a Lego animal photo and I might write your animal a poem! If you send me a Lego animal poem you might see it here, too!


Spidery Ways


I’m a red-footed spider

with spidery fangs,

spider means spinner –

from spun silk I hang.


Related to scorpions

I’ve a poisonous bite,

but it’s not true I crawl

into mouths in the night.


Only females spin webs

and lay spiderling eggs,

and I taste and I hear

with the hairs on my legs.


I know that my scuttle

is scary to some

but I run in small bursts

for I’ve only one lung.


I have multiple eyes

but don’t have good sight

my eyes just spot motion

or darkness and light,


but my cousins, the hunters,

when hunting a snack

can see frontwards and sideways

and right round their back.


Despite being poisonous

I’m harmless, it’s true

for my jaws are too tiny

to take bites of you!


© Liz Brownlee