Hi my name's Jack Russell Mongo
I'm a poor poor man
I had a cottage that is now ruined
I had a beautiful wife called Jahana
Who died in the Second World War.
I've got a mirror that belongs to her
and a hat that she bought for me
I also have a bow that I wore on
our first anniversary
and a crow that talks to me
As I said, I'm poor so I
might have to sell them for food
Mohammed Patel, age 11, receives 'Strictly Private', an anthology edited by Roger McGough (Puffin Teenage). His poem was sent in by Hilary Koppel of Selwyn primary school, Cecil Road, Plaistow, London E13 0LX. Cliff Yates is deputy head of Maharishi School, Skelmersdale, Lancashire, and Poetry Society poet-in-residence for Secondary Education. He has published 'Jumpstart:Poetry in the Secondary School' (Poetry Society) and a collection of his own poems, 'Henry's Clock' (SmithDoorstop). Please send poems, preferably not more that 20 lines long, to The Times Educational Supplement, Admiral House, 66-68 East Smithfield, London E1W 1BX , including the poet's name and age, the name of the submitting teacher and the school address. The 'TES Book of Young Poets' (pound;9.99), a selection of poems from this column with an introduction by Sian Hughes, can be ordered by phoning 01454617370. A set of posters is available for pound;3.99.