Posted in A to Z Blog Challenge 2018

P is for Children’s Poet Trevor Parsons, #AtoZChallenge #ZtoA


Trevor Parsons

Trevor Parsons was born in Parsons Green, London, but, disappointingly, was not the son of a parson. After studying dentistry at London University (he decided it was not for him) he had a variety of jobs including being a postman and cataloguing pressed flowers; then he trained as a teacher and after that formed a company making models for film companies etc. Trevor has written poetry since his postman days and for the last twenty years has written for children as well. He has had poems in dozens of anthologies and in 2011 had his first children’s collection, Hear Here (illustrated by Lucy Creed) published –  available here! He also writes poems for greetings cards. This is his website.


This is one of his witty poems:


All About Poets


A poet is for life

not just for Christmas Day.

Stroking a silky-haired poet

can soothe your troubles away.


A long-haired breed of poet

should always be kept well-groomed.

Keep their sleeping-quarters

in a draught-free part of the room.


Do not indulge your poet

with titbits from your plate.

Encourage regular exercise

to avoid excessive weight.


It is generally thought unhealthy

to have poets in your bed.

Be sensitive about disposal

once your poet is dead.


Sorry, I meant to say ‘pet’.


© Trevor Parsons

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Award-Wining Children's Poet, Author, Wildlife and Climate enthusiast, NPD Ambassador, blogger and owner of Lola the retired alert dog and Paddy the alert dog in training. Books include CLiPPA shortlisted Being Me, Poems about Thoughts, Worries and Feelings, Editor of Shaping the World, Author of Be the Change, Apes to Zebras, The Same Inside, Reaching the Stars and Animal Magic. I visit schools, libraries, literary festivals via Zoom and give lessons on writing poetry for children. @Lizpoet

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