Poems for Kids

My Mother at Sixty Six by Kamala Das

Driving from my parent’s home to Cochin last Fridaymorning, I saw my mother, beside me,doze, open mouthed, her face ashen like thatof a corpse and realised with painthat she thought away, and looked but soonput that thought away, and looked out at youngtrees sprinting, the merry children spillingout of their homes, but after the airport’ssecurity …

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The Bug and the Poor Flea

Mandavisarpini was a white flea. She lived in the folds of the exquisite white silk sheet that covered the bed of a king in a certain country. She fed on the king’s blood without anybody noticing, and was happy to spend her days. One day, a bug managed to enter the beautifully decorated bedroom of …

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Excuses Excuses by Gareth Owen

Late again Blenkinsopp?What’s the excuse this time?Not my fault sir.Who’s fault is it then?Grandma’s sir.Grandma’s? What did she do?She died sir.Died?She’s seriously dead alright sir.That makes four grandmothers this term BlenkinsoppAnd all on PE days.I know. It’s very upsetting sir.How many grandmothers have you got Blenkinsopp?Grandmothers sir? None sir.You said you had four.All dead sir.And …

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