Posted in A to Z Blog Challenge 2018

M is for Poet Roger McGough, #AtoZChallenge #ZtoA

Photo credit: Colin Clarke ARPS


Roger McGough

Roger McGough was born in Liverpool and received the Freedom of the City in 2001. President of the Poetry Society, he presents the popular Radio 4 programme Poetry Please, and has published more than a hundred books for both adults and children. His most recent book, 80, which contains 80 of his wonderful poems to celebrate his 80th birthday, is illustrated by the author himself. It is available here. In 2005 he received a CBE from the Queen for his services to literature. His website is here.

I love You Tell Me, illustrated by Korky Paul and written with Michael Rosen. People my age must feel, like me, that they have known him all their lives – he is certainly one of Britain’s best loved poets.


Here is one of his brilliant poems:


The Colour Collector


A stranger called this morning

Dressed all in black and grey

Put every colour into a bag

And carried them away


The goldenness of cornflakes,

The ivory of milk

The silverness of soup spoons,

The see-througness of silk


The greenness of tennis courts

When play has just begun

The orangeness of oranges

Glowing in the sun


The blueness of a dolphin

Nosing through the sea

The redness of the breast,

The yellowy blur of a bee


The creaminess of polar bears

Sliding on the floes

The little piggy pinkness

Of tiny tickly toes


The sky that smiled a rainbow

Now wears a leaden frown

Who’s sobbing in the circus tent?

Wizzo the monochrome clown


A stranger called this morning

He didn’t leave his name

We live now in the shadows

Life will never be the same


© Roger McGough

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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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