YOU ARE HERE
In the car park is a map of your town.
Everyone presses their finger
on the red dot that says,
You are here.
And here you are!
Inside your shoes, inside your skin
and beneath your hair,
on freshly cut grass, a double-decker bus,
or in bed, slipping into a dream.
In a map of your day
you are here, bookmarking
this page, passing ginger biscuits,
as you dash through the rain.
You are blowing on a hot chip
and laughing with a friend.
Breathe in the smell of vinegar
and place your finger on this moment.
You are here, you are here!
© Mandy Coe
This is a gentle, relatable book full of humour and the wonder of being alive – to quote another of the poems ‘wrap it around you to keep you warm’.
There are many lovely, finely observed poems in here to share between parents and children, and poems that can be used as models for children’s own writing in school.
5 Stars – highly recommended for young people 5-9!
Belonging Street is published by Otter-Barry Books and is full of playful, detailed illustrations by Mandy Coe herself.