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2020 Poetry Celebration

 Virtual Version 
Selection of Poems

 1st Form   2nd Form 

To Be A Mouse (excerpt) Mr. Owl

by Gareth Lancaster by Edna Hamilton

If I were a mouse
I saw an owl up in a tree,
And could run around the house
I looked at him, he looked at me;
There are plenty of things I'd like to do
Like run under chairs I couldn't tell you of his size,
And try to climb the stairs For all I saw were two big eyes;
And scare my mum a little too As soon as I could make a dash,
Straight home I ran, quick as a flash!

 3rd Form   4th Form 

Friends You Must Rush

by Benjamin Zephaniah by Gina Bell-Zano

Funky monkey in the tree You must rush to see a show,

I like it when you talk to me And worry that you may be late,
What I really like the best And step on feet to find your seat,
Is when you bang upon my chest. Because those actors will not wait.
Slippery snake I am your mate
When all others hesitate It’s fun to see things on TV,
I’ll be there right by your side But you must get there on the minute,
I am known to slip and slide. ‘Cause on the dot they start the plot;
Hop along, croak croak, how ya doing frog? They won’t wait to begin it.
No one understands our deep dialogue
People may laugh when they see us on the road But with a book you take a look,
We must stick together And if there’s something you must do,
Monkey, snake, me, you and toad. Eat jam and bread, or go to bed,
The book will always wait for you.
 5th Form   6th Form 

Never a Dull Moment I Found a Four-Leaf Clover

by Tony Bradman by Jack Prelutsky

If you like to keep lively, I found a four-leaf clover

If you hate being bored, and was happy with my find,
Just come down to our house but with time to think it over,
And knock on the door. I’ve entirely changed my mind.
It’s the noisiest house I concealed it in my pocket,
In the whole of our town, safe inside a paper pad,
There’s doors always slamming soon, much swifter than a rocket,
And things falling down. my good fortune turned to bad.
There’s my dad, who keeps shouting,
And my mum, who breaks things, I smashed my fingers in a door,
The baby (who’ll bite you!) I dropped a dozen eggs,
And our dog running rings. I slipped and tumbled to the floor,
There’s my sister the screamer a dog nipped both my legs,
And my brother who roars, my ring slid down the bathtub drain,
And a grandpa who’s stone deaf my pen leaked on my shirt,
(He’s the one who slams doors). I barked my shin, I missed my train,
So come down to our house, I sat on my dessert.
You don’t need the address,
You’ll hear it ten miles away I broke my brand-new glasses,
And the outside’s a mess. and I couldn’t find my keys,
You won’t mind the racket, I stepped in spilled molasses,
You’ll just love the din – and was stung by angry bees.
For there’s never a dull moment When the kitten ripped the curtain,
In the house we live in! and the toast burst into flame,
I was absolutely certain
that the clover was to blame.

I buried it discreetly
in the middle of a field,
now my luck has changed completely,
and my wounds have almost healed.
If I ever find another,
I will simply let it be,
or I’ll give it to my brother —
he deserves it more than me.