The very first thing I ever got published in a real book was a poem. Well, two poems, actually, which was even better! They were put in a collection of school poems called LOOK OUT! The Teachers are Coming and it had a great cover:
I love writing poems, and for me the best bit is getting the rhythm and the rhyme just right. Sometimes that’s very hard to do, and I can spend ages stuck on one line. If you visit my website HERE you’ll see lots of my poetry, but I think today I’m going to show you a poem that no one has ever seen before! It is called Our Lolipop Man and is based on a real person.Our Lollipop Man Our Lollipop man is called Donald Macdonald, his hair is as white as the snow, he’s quite a bright fellow all decked out in yellow – we cross when he says we can go, you know, we cross when he says we can go. Our Lollipop man plays his bagpipes at weddings (or birthdays, if business is slow) he really looks smart in his pink-and-green tartan and puts on a fabulous show, you know, he puts on a fabulous show. Our Lollipop man has a beautiful parrot called Florence (her friends call her Flo) she sits on his shoulder and when it gets colder she squawks if it’s going to snow, you know, she squawks if it’s going to snow. Our Lollipop man is a colourful character – wouldn’t you say it was so? And if we’re in trouble he’s there on the double – a wonderful person to know, you know,
a wonderful person to know.