Bubblegum by Joseph Keenoy

27th October 1995 at 00:00
Bubblegum. A punctured tyre, A strawberry scent.

A soggy squidgy mass trans- ported, Into the treasure chest.

Saliva dribbles, teeth nibble.

It's swirled and twirled, Around your mouth.

By Joseph Keenoy, aged nine, of Chiswick and Bedford Park Prep School, west London, who receives Great Snakes! (VikingPuffin). The school receives the Poetry Society's teachers' newsletter, a quarterly bulletin which includes features on innovative approaches to poetry in the classroom. For Poetry Society events, ring 0171 240 4810.

An authentic and fanciful little piece, this precisely gets the feel of its subject. It must be 40 years since I last unsuccessfully attempted to pop the stuff; now if I want to remember what it was like I shan't have to try again but can simply read Joseph's poem. Notice how he gives it a tune with assonance, alliteration and happily placed rhymes.

Kit Wright

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?

Subscribe

To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers

Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
 
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today