Poems to share

Truth or Dare

Have you peed in a swimming pool?
Count to fifty without blinking.

What do you secretly wish for most?
Say exactly what you’re thinking.

Do you privately pick your nose?
Reveal the name of your crush.

Have you ever cheated a test?
Sing Jingle Bells into a brush.

When were you your happiest?
Kiss the person on your right.

What’s the biggest lie you’ve told?
Act out an imaginary fight.

Would you say you’re good-looking?
Stand on your head for a minute.

D’you really want to play this game?
Take the bottle and spin it.

© Rachel Rooney 2019

Watch Rachel read her poem here.

Rachel Rooney

Rachel Rooney is a teacher and poet who has two collections of children’s poetry published by Frances Lincoln. The first, The Language of Cat, won the 2012 CLPE Award ( CLiPPA) and the second My Life as a Goldfish was shortlisted for the 2015 CLiPPA. She also has a rhyming picture book A Patch of Black – a tale about nighttime fears published by Macmillan Children’s Books. She goes into schools as a visiting poet, and has performed at Hay Literary Festival, Southbank Centre and for The Children’s Bookshow.