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Paint us a poem with words that delight;

Paint us a poem with colours so bright;

    Paint us a poem with rhythm and rhyme!

    Add words that amuse us – if you have the time.


Paint in some stories, for children love these.

Add witches and dragons and funny things please.

    Paint words that amuse us and bring us some fun:

    And throw away boring poems: yes, every one.


Please don’t write poems with words that confuse;

But paint us some poems with words that amuse;

    It’s your poetry picture we hope we’ll enjoy

    So thanks in advance from us – each girl and boy.



Copyright on all my poems


This is a wonderful performance poem with many different lines that can be read out by different children around your classroom - as if they're all adding something  that they'd especially like in their poem.  Put lots of expression into your voices!!!!


When I volunteered to go into my local primary school, as many retired people do, to help for an hour a week, I thought I'd be just listening to them read, but no.  Six months into my visits I met children who told me they were BORED.  You may may met some too.  They pointed to a piece of paper with a sentence spiralling down a page.  Yes, it may have been a 'shaped' poem, but to them it was 'boring'.  So they told me in no uncertain terms that they wanted poems written exactly as I've mentioned above this poem.  I hope I'm getting it right.  Do your children like poems in the style of the classic children's poets with rhyme, rhythm and stories too?  Oh, you have plenty on my websites to choose from and it is an absolute delight to write for them.  Tell me if they have any favourite stories which don't have copyright on them and I'll turn them into a poem.  Josie


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