Posted in Funny Poem a Day

Funny Poem a Day: The Giggles, by Bernard Young

This is Lola with her best friend,  a golden cocker spaniel called Blousey. As you can see they are both giggling about something. We don’t know what, though. They were born within weeks of each other and are both now 10.

Our poem today is from Bernard Young – thank you Bernard!

 

The Giggles

 

Our giggles are infectious.

They start off in our heads.

At first they’re only rumours.

Then the rumours spread.

 

(Giggling is contagious.

It soon catches on.

But if you do it in the classroom

you find you’re in the wrong).

 

When asked about The Giggles

we won’t know what to say

but we’ll get into trouble

if they don’t go away.

 

‘Do tell me what’s so funny,’

Miss Simpson will demand

but if we say, ‘Nothing, Miss’

she won’t understand.

 

She’ll think we’ve got a secret

and I suppose we have

but we’re completely baffled:

What was it made us laugh?

 

We need to find a reason.

she’ll expect us to explain.

I just hope our explanation

doesn’t  set us off again.

 

Our giggles are infectious.

They start off in our heads.

At first they’re only rumours.

Then the rumours spread.

 

© Bernard Young

 

Joke – What looks like half a cat?

The other half.

 

Here is Bernard with his lovely old cat, called Toffee.

Posted in National Poetry Day 2019

National Poetry Week Truth Poem by Bernard Young

Bernard Young is an experienced professional poet and performer who leads writing workshops for children and adults. Bernard’s poems have been broadcast on local and national radio and feature in numerous anthologies of poetry for young readers. His speciality is primary school age. Here is a link to his new book, What are you Like? And here is a link to his website.

Here he is with his poem ‘Absent’ in a field somewhere deep in Somerset.

Posted in A to Z Challenge 2019

#AtoZ Challenge; Y is for Bernard Young

Bernard Young is an experienced professional poet and performer who leads writing workshops for children and adults. Bernard’s poems have been broadcast on local and national radio and feature in numerous anthologies of poetry for young readers. His speciality is primary school age. Here is a link to his new book, What are you Like? And here is a link to his website.

And here is lovely poem Bernard sent for the Poetry Feast:

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Best Friends

 

Would a best friend

Eat your last sweet

Talk about you behind your back

Have a party and not ask you?

 

Mine did.

 

Would a best friend

Borrow your bike without telling you

Deliberately forget your birthday

Avoid you whenever possible?

 

Mine did.

 

Would a best friend

Turn up on your bike

Give you a whole packet of your favourite sweets

Look you in the eye?

 

Mine did.

 

Would a best friend say

Sorry I talked about you behind your back

Sorry I had a party and didn’t invite you

Sorry I deliberately forgot your birthday

– I thought you’d fallen out with me?

 

Mine did.

 

And would a best friend say, simply,

Never mind

That’s OK?

 

I did

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© Bernard Young

 

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Posted in A to Z Blog Challenge 2018

Y is for Bernard Young, Children’s Poet and Performer, #AtoZChallenge ZtoA

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Bernard Young

Bernard Young is an experienced professional poet and performer who leads writing workshops for children and adults. Bernard’s poems have been broadcast on local and national radio and feature in numerous anthologies of poetry for young readers. His speciality is primary school age. Here is a link to his new book, What are you Like? And here is a link to his website.

Here is one of Bernard’s fab poems:

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Absent

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Dear Teacher,
my body’s arrived
it sits at a table
a pen in its hand
as if it is able
to think and to act
perhaps write down the answer
to the question you’ve asked

but don’t let that fool you.

My mind is elsewhere.
My thoughts far away.

So apologies, teacher,
I’m not here today.

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© Bernard Young

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Posted in Freedom Poem, National Poetry Day 2017

National Poetry Day Freedom Poem by Bernard Young

Summer
 
 
 
You’ve finished playing football
 
You’re lying on the grass
 
Thinking about the goal you scored
 
Reliving that brilliant pass
 
 
 
Summer is the future
 
School is in the past
 
This is a perfect moment
 
If only it would last
 
 
 
Just you and your mates relaxing
 
In the heat after the game
 
Everyone’s a winner
 
You all feel the same
 
 
 
Summer is the future
 
School is in the past
 
This is a perfect moment
 
If only it could last