Incase you didn’t know, today is National Poetry Day here in the U.K.! To celebrate this delightful day, I thought I’d share with you a poem that I’d come across recently. This poem featured in the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) magazine and is written by Jane Yolen:-
THE BEST-SELLING AUTHOR
Getcha red hot metaphors here,
Your poetry stretches line by line.
Yes, you can handle the similes
I think you’ll find they’re rather fine.
Alliteration always sells,
Even in recessions,
But slant rhymes are another kettle
Of fish, of flesh, of fissions.
I’ve got some second-hand paragraphs,
Some small, used punctuations
Suitable for a senior prom
And for most graduations.
And psst, if you will come back here,
You’ll find that you’re in luck.
I’ve got some first class sentences
That just fell off the truck!
I also have a poem of my own that I’d like to share with you on this lyrical day. This poem features in my third ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s book, titled ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’. This particular whimsical story is written for the marvellous month of October and is about Posie Pixie’s love of blackberries!
POSIE’S BLACKBERRY POEM
Blackberries, blackberries on my mind,
I could eat you all the time.
In a pie with vanilla ice-cream,
Or hot with custard. Oh what a dream!
I could warm and squash you into jam,
Then spread you on everything, even ham!
Blackberries, blackberries, I love you,
All bumpy and shiny and purpley-blue.
For an extract from this third Whimsy Wood book, or for more information about the Whimsy Wood children’s series, then please visit the ‘Book’ section on this website. ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’ is available from all good online and high street book retailers. Thank you.
With Autumnal whimsical wishes,
Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of the Whimsy Wood series.