I’m not sure if this is romantic or not. I’ll let you be the judge. Happy Valentine’s Day! (This poem is in my book, What Are You Like?).
Ooh! I Think You’re Wonderful
You’re the wings on my aeroplane
You’re the strings on my guitar
You’re the star in my night sky
You’re the fuel for my car
You’re the answer to my question
You’re the pen that writes my line
You’re the spring in my onion
You’re the tingle down my spine
You’re the zipper on my jacket
You’re the ketchup on my chips
You’re the method in my madness
You’re the promise on my lips
You’re the headline in my paper
You’re all my favourite smells
You’re the last piece in my jigsaw
I thought you were someone else
Here are mine! Happy New Year everyone!
not to complain
at the drop of a hat
to make more fuss
of my wonderful cat
to investigate becoming
an adventurous acrobat
to treat no one
like a dirty doormat
not to indulge
in tit for tat
not to expose my
neck to a vampire bat
to take more notice of this
And I resolve
never to drop
Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and New Year. Here’s a little poem from me, sparked by what I could see in the photo.
Gifts From Above
They’ll have been out in the early hours,
the wintery Christmas creatures.
They’ll have been stalking the forests.
Searching for parcels.
Sniffing for presents.
The presents you didn’t receive.
The ones that fell
off the back of the sleigh.
Yes, they’ll have been out
in the night’s blue and white,
the wintery Christmas creatures,
claiming what’s theirs;
the packages that landed with a thump
on the earth of their forests,
the parcels caught in the branches,
the boxes wrapped in bright paper
and signed ‘…with love.’
Gifts from above.
In May a group of poets got together and recorded some videos of our work. Thanks are due to Liz Brownlee for organising it and to Pete Brownlee for recording and editing the videos.
This is me performing my poem, Love Is Blind:
This is the out-takes from all of the videos:
I’ve recently had the pleasure of spending some time with Eric Ode (ericode.com), an American singer/songwriter and poet. I knew he’d be the perfect person to read my poem “Wanted Alive: New Teacher For Cowboy School”. This poem appears in my new book, “What Are You Like?”. I think he has done an excellent job for me. Thanks, Eric! I thought it would be a good one for the theme of National Poetry Day this year, which is “Change”. National Poetry Day is on Thursday 4th October 2018.
If you click on the orange arrow in box below, you should be able to hear Eric reading my poem with his wonderful cowboy drawl.
National Poetry Day, your chance to enjoy, discover and share poems you love, will take place on Thursday 4 October 2018. This year’s theme is Change: use it to start thinking about your celebrations now. Maybe you would like a poet to visit your school and help things along (if so, contact me)? For more information about National Poetry Day and useful resources see: https://nationalpoetryday.co.uk/
Here is a poem of mine for people who are thinking they might like a change of career. This poem is in my new book of poems for children ‘What Are You Like?‘.
Career Opportunity: Knight Required
Are you brave, honourable
Do you like wearing metal suits
and enjoy being called Sir?
Then this could be the job for you.
Your duties will include
wielding a sword, jousting
and clanking about.
Preference will be given
to those candidates
who come equipped
with their own warhorse and squire.
If you think
you’ve got what it takes
turn up for an interview
and show us what you can do.
NOTE: Candidates will be left to fight
it out amongst themselves.
Castle Management accepts no responsibility
for loss of life or limb.
I don’t choose cheese or chicken
I don’t touch marzipan
Chocolate’s my addiction
I indulge whenever I can
I gobble it for breakfast
I guzzle it for tea
Choc-a-block with chocolate?
Send for me
I may not have my own teeth
I may be overweight
But as a chocolate-chewing chomper
I’m not just good – I’m GREAT!
Please don’t prohibit chocolate
Don’t impose a chocolate ban
‘Cos I’m a chocoholic
A desperate dangerous man
And I need chocolate – NOW!
This poem is in my new book, ‘What Are You Like?’. For signed copies of my book, please contact me via the form on the books page.
Some more chocolate pictures to make your mouths water:
Just received a link today to this video we made a few years ago at a poets retreat. It was fun to make. I’d forgotten all about it. Absent has been one of my most popular poems.
I will be launching my new book of poems for children on Saturday 24th February at the Between The Lines Festival in Sheffield. I will also be doing 2 performances and workshops for families, so if you are in the Sheffield area, please come along.
The new book is titled “What Are You Like?” after the poem below. To order a copy send a message on the form on the books page.
What Are You Like?
I’m like hey
She’s like whoa
He’s like ah
I’m like ho
She’s like ha
He’s like er
I’m like really?
She’s like yeah
He’s like eek
I’m like shh
She’s like um
He’s like ugh
I’m like Mmm
She’s like eh?
He’s like oh
I’m like yay
We have made a new video over the last few days. I composed a short piece of music to accompany my poem Anything. The poem is about friendship and is suitable for younger children (KS1), but it is likely to appeal to older students (KS2) as well. This poem is in my new book, What Are You Like, which is due for release 23 February 2018.
Karen, my wife, is the guest performer reading the poem and also she made the video. The images are all shared by Creative Commons License. They are credited in the description on YouTube and below the video here.
Images in their order of appearance:
- kittens CC-BY-SA Susan https://flic.kr/p/52JU7z
- Chicks CC-BY-NC Andy Purvlance https://flic.kr/p/665D8X
- Labrador-Puppy CC-BY Tyler Allen https://flic.kr/p/a1gG6S
- Baby’s Best Friend CC-BY Brandon Atkinson https://flic.kr/p/96KrY6
- Buds CC-BY Juhan Sonin https://flic.kr/p/6DSpcV
- kids CC0 klimkin https://pixabay.com/en/kids-girl-pencil-drawing-notebook-1093758/
- children CC0 Bess Hamiti https://pixabay.com/en/child-children-girl-happy-people-817369/
- Best Friends CC-BY-SA Rod Waddington https://flic.kr/p/Wq9E51
- girls whispering CC0 Olichel https://pixabay.com/en/girls-whispering-best-friends-young-914823/
- Handsome Indian boys CC-BY Nithi Anand https://flic.kr/p/qpzJmX
- Cups Full of Chats CC-BY-NC Mo Riza https://flic.kr/p/3JM8pt
- Best friends CC-BY Robert de Bock https://flic.kr/p/UsGxgR
- The Cat-Circle of Love CC-BY-NC Gloson Teh https://flic.kr/p/8119Px
- Maternal instinct CC-BY-ND Tambako The Jaguar https://flic.kr/p/Muizu