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A Funny Poem a Day – Box, by Joshua Seigal

It has to be said that Lola is partial to a box. Not as partial as Milla our cat was, but she still quite likes them. However, unlike in Josh’s Box poem, Lola prefers her toys – particularly her unicorn. Thanks for this poem Josh! You can find this poem in Josh’s great new book, Welcome to My Crazy Life, Bloomsbury Education.




You can give her a ball

or a small fluffy toy,

you can hand her a plaything

for her to enjoy,

you can come home all laden

with ramps, posts and blocks,

but all that she’ll want

is a plain cardboard box.


You can go to the pet shop

and fritter your dosh

on fancy contraptions

that seem rather posh,

you can hope that your purchases

will entertain her,

but all that she’ll want

is the cardboard container.


You can have lots of love

and the best of intentions

and spend all your time

coming up with inventions,

but nothing that you do

will she deem acceptable,

all that she’ll crave

is the cardboard receptacle.


So listen in closely

and heed my advice,

no matter your gift

and no matter how nice,

the only thing certain

is this paradox,

all that she’ll want

is the damn cardboard BOX!


© Joshua Seigal

Here is Josh’s own pet, his beeeautiful cat, Bluebell!



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

4 thoughts on “A Funny Poem a Day – Box, by Joshua Seigal

  1. Hi Liz, very good idea these Funny Poems – do you want me to send you one you could use?

    Hope you’re well, we’re more or less self-isolating in Bristle – being rather aged. Must be a bit easier keeping your distance in the country?




    1. Hi, Trevor! Yes, please, I’d love one of yours! Thank you. As I’m in several high risk categories (including ‘A’ blood group = more likely to get it, more likely it get it badly) I’m confined to two rooms and a bathroom – but two very, very comfortable rooms, one of which is my library, so quite happy! And yes, if I could step out of the door, I could go for a walk in the fields. x


  2. Thanks Liz for these series of funny poems. Love Josh’s Box. It reminds me of my middle daughter, who although she loved to play with her dolls could spend hours inventing adventures with a few sticks and stones …


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