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What On Earth Are You Talking About?

My mum said I was in the doghouse –
but our golden retriever already lives there.

My sister said she was blowing her own trumpet –
she has never owned a single wind instrument in her life.

Dad said his mistake was swept under the carpet –
I pulled up the carpets in every single room and couldn’t find it anywhere.

My teacher said she’d turn a blind eye when I forgot my homework –
she can see perfectly well out of both eyes.

My brother said he was on a roll –
there wasn’t a sandwich in sight.

My other sister says I drive her up the wall –
but her feet always stay firmly on the ground.

How can an idea come out of the blue
when the sky is the darkest grey?

When we were in the supermarket with a long list Dad said
‘We’re not out of the woods yet.’


© Chrissie Gittins

Chrissie Gittins

Chrissie Gittins writes poetry for children and adults, short stories and plays. She has been visiting schools as a poet for over 20 years and is an experienced teacher. She has written five children’s poetry collections. Now You See Me, Now You… and I Don’t Want an Avocado for an Uncle were shortlisted for the CLPE Poetry Award. Both these, and her third collection The Humpback’s Wail, are Choices for the Children’s Poetry Bookshelf. Her new and collected poems Stars in Jars is a Scottish Poetry Library recommendation. Her latest collection – Adder, Bluebell, Lobster – is nominated for the North Somerset Teacher’s Book Award. Chrissie’s poems have been widely anthologized and animated for Rhyme Rocket and Poetry Pie on Cbeebies TV. She was a finalist in the Manchester Children’s Literature Prize and she won the Belmont Poetry Prize. You can hear Chrissie reading her children’s poems on the Poetry Archive. She has also read at festivals including Hay, Edinburgh, Wigtown, West Cork, and in the Children’s Room of the Poets House in New York.