Below are three poems, written as a collaboration between myself and the Yr 2 children of St John’s Primary School, Wallingford, after a workshop about Cats. Thanks to Spike Milligan and William Blake and Roald Dahl for their inspurration.
These 3 poems were then published in the local Oxfam Wallingford ‘Write Poetry Fight Poverty’ book.
The St John’s Panther
With silky black fur and his moonlit eyes
He will eat you all up
Faster than a lightning bolt
He is a swishing panther
A big and scary killing Panther
Do not be deceived by his pretty pink nose
And his soft funny panther pose
You may think he is not nasty or cruel
And is kind and sweet and cares for us all
But you’d be mistaken
With his sharp pointy teeth
And his sharpened claws
This panther is so ready you see
This panther IS going to eat me.
By Abby, Amelia, Carly, Connor, Henry, Matilda, Millie N and Toby all aged 6 and 7
from St John’s School, Wallingford and myself slightly older
A Golden Lion
In his fluffy fur coat
He is hot all the time and as heavy as an anvil
With his big brown eyes and his black nose
He is no circus clown
His fierce face can be so beautiful
His silver saliva jaws protect his tough and hairy tongue
His wiggly whiskers hide his big burning furnace of a mouth
And his hot and boiling breath
is ALWAYS smelly with blood
by Amy, Fergus, Jamie, Lucia, Paige, Reuben, Ruby and True all aged 6 and 7
from St John’s School, Wallingford and myself aged slightly older.
And Snoring lion
These cats have sharp and spiky claws
These cats have silky and soft fur
These cats have sharp and pointy teeth
These cats they all do purr.
By Alisha, Caitlin, Eddie, Farrah, Finnley, Holly, Isabella, Jayden, Lizzie and Matthew
all aged 6 and 7 from St John’s School, Wallingford and myself slightly older.