My Treasures

These are treasures that I keep,
I hold them close before I sleep.

A silver coin,
a twisty shell,
a leaf that has a lovely smell,

a birthday badge,
an apple pip,
a very shiny paperclip,

an acorn cup,
a curly straw,
the key to a forgotten door.

These are treasures that I found,
I keep them safe,
I keep them sound.

© Kate Wakeling, from A Dinosaur at the Bus Stop (Otter-Barry Books, 2023)

from A Dinosaur at the Bus Stop
by Kate Wakeling
(Otter-Barry Books, 2023)

Kate Wakeling

Kate Wakeling grew up in Yorkshire and Birmingham. Her first collection of children’s poems, Moon Juice, won the CLiPPA Prize in 2017 and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Her second, Cloud Soup, was a Book of the Month in the Guardian and the Scotsman and shortlisted for the 2022 CLiPPA. Kate has performed her poems at Shakespeare’s Globe, Southbank Centre and the Cheltenham Literature Festival among others, and she loves running workshops in primary schools. Kate also writes for adults and a pamphlet of her poetry, The Rainbow Faults, is published by The Rialto. She lives in Oxford.