Michael Kavanagh was born in Toronto in 1971 and studied at Queen’s University in Canada, and University of Glasgow. He lives near Oxford, with his wife and four children. His poems have appeared in anthologies such as Read Me At School (Macmillan), and Michael Rosen’s A-Z, The Best Poetry from Agard to Zephaniah (Puffin). He founded and edited a children’s poetry magazine called The Scrumbler which has since stopped publishing.
The Scrumbler was a wonderful magazine – I’m hoping for a revival! Here is one of Mike’s poems:
For warm summer weather
mix Dandelion and Heather.
For everlasting sweets
mix Wisteria and beets.
For exploring a forest path
mix bark and rotten leaf.
For days off school, playing in snow
mix Hawthorn and Sloe.
For winter days to pass
mix Night Shade and frosted grass.
To disappear without a trace
mix Old Man’s Beard and Mace.
To get your own room
mix Rose and Lemon Balm.
For late nights, TV, staying up
mix Daffodil and Buttercup.
If you plan to run away
mix sedge and hay.
If you’re ready to come back home
mix Snowdrop and Teasel comb.
To sit and be your very own age
mix Forget-me-nots and Sage.
© Mike Kavanagh
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