When the Earth was a little star Playing with Mars and Mercury When his Mom called him in for tea Did he eat his greens?
Or did he . . .
. . . hide them in the Milky Way . . . leave them in a black hole to waste away Or did he eat his greens?
When the Sun came to tea to play cards with him and Mercury Did he eat his broccoli?
He has the biggest collection of soldiers and dolls Toy horses and trees and mythical trolls Mother Nature said eat your beans and peas But he knew better now he's got a disease The disease of man that's catching real fast I've told you once and I've told you twice not to create civilisations Armageddon. Back in the toy box.
By A Joyce, aged 14, who receives Penguin Modern Poets 1. Submitted by Mick Paine of Sheldon Heath School, Sheldon, Birmingham, who receives the Poetry Society teachers' newsletter, a quarterly bulletin which includes features on innovative approaches to poetry in the classroom. For Poetry Society events, ring 0171 240 4810.
Here's another excellent idea for a poem. It's noticeable that you can often say more about a very big, sombre and public subject by taking a playful, offbeat approach, as here, than by tackling it head-on. This would be a fine poem to say aloud, with its crackling wit and lively rhythm.