‘I Wish’ – my poem featured in Writing Magazine to illustrate comic control

Doris Corti included this poem in this month’s ‘Writing Magazine’  as an example of rhythm and comic control. Wow!

I wrote it for one of my grandchildren, Joshua, when he was attending Tatsfield Primary School in Kent and included a few poems for children in my ‘Don’t Throw Away the Daisies’ poetry book a few years later!  I showed Carol Ann Duffy  this poem on an Arvon  course and said children will love it and they do!

I Wish

My dad works in the circus

And when we go to school

He shows me lots of circus tricks, 

He likes to play the fool.

Miss Chivers showed him round one day,

He cartwheeled in the gym

And swung on ropes above our heads

So we all laughed at him.                                                            

Mr Potts was cleaning windows

When dad was going round,

He put a bucket on his head

Two metres from the ground.

He juggled in the classroom                               

With books and balls and rings

And balanced boxes on his nose

And other clever things.

Mrs Pie was in the kitchen

Dad loves to help with flour.

He made some lovely custard pies.

Which passed a pleasant hour.

Miss Chivers said “It’s time to go”

But dad was having fun

So he strung us up a tightrope,

We practised one by one.

But now we have to do our work

So dad will have to go,

Will he listen? Not my dad,

He’s swinging to and fro.

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