Along with my assistance dog, Lola, I think we could all do with some fun parts to the day at the minute, so I intend to post a funny poem a day if at all possible – really funny, funny poems from books, out of copyright poems and also poems from well-known children’s poets! Let’s hear some laughter! For teachers, parents, children (this is a safe site) and anyone who could do with a giggle.
The FIRST poem is one of my all-time favourites. It was selected by Gerard Benson for his excellent Signal Award winning book: this poem doesn’t rhyme, Puffin.
One more word, said my dad,
And I’ll give you what for.
What for? I said.
That’s right, he said, what for!
No, I said, I mean what for?
What will you give me what for for?
Never you mind, he said. Wait and see.
But what is what for for? I said.
What’s what for for? he said,
It’s to teach you what’s what,
What’s that? I said.
Right, he said, you’re for it,
I’m going to let you have it.
Have what? I said.
Have what? He said,
What for, that’s what.
Do you want me to really give you
Something to think about?
I don’t know, I said,
I’m thinking about it.
Then he clipped me over the ear.
It was the first time he’d made sense
© Noel Petty