[Editor: This poem for children, by Eva Oakley, was published in Willie Wagtail, Two Little Romances and Other Verses (1945).]
“Twenty Little Fishies”
Twenty little fishies jumped right out of the sea;
Wagged their little tails, and said, “Oh, my! Oh, me!
Doesn’t it seem funny to be so high and dry?
Let us all jump back again; Oh, me! Oh, my!”
Eva Oakley, Willie Wagtail, Two Little Romances and Other Verses, Melbourne: Austral Printing & Publishing Company, , p. 13
fishies = a diminutive form of “fish”, plural (singular: “fishie”)