For children and adults
Bauble on the Tree (cinquain)
(Published in Funny Poems for Christmas, Scholastic, 2005)
Sparkly, spangly, starry
Twizzling, twinkling, reflecting
Out And About On Christmas Day
Out and about on Christmas Day,
‘tween treat and treat and cookery feat,
‘tween gorge and bloat and festivity,
for a breath and a laugh – a fresh paragraph –
and a sip of the dark,
Out and about in gust and spray,
through folding grey
Past partially-curtained silent scenes
of joy on display, lamp-lit, glitz-gay,
in brief twilight limelight,
Out and about in the darkening light,
roaming the gloaming,
harkening the hush –
that globe-rolling, breath-holding, time-goldening hush –
end-of-day, end-of-year, Christmas-dusk hush,
Then back for tea.
Ice on windscreen, thick as a wall.
Ice all round – no view at all.
Ice on car seat, ice on floor,
ice on poor feet – will they ever thaw?
Ice on roads, apparently, too –
not that I can see: no view.
Heard the man say on The News:
slips and slides and worse besides,
and – what a surprise! – long queues!
Nice the ice looked from indoors,
as I’d stirred my Christmas dish!
Nice it had looked as I’d merrily cooked
and the kids ‘d made their wish!
Nicely it had seemed to gleam –
But ice in the car, going nought miles an hour,
is a different kettle of fish.
Festive dinner, festive tea!
Tantalizing treats there’ll be!
Sugary, creamy, savoury, dreamy –
a calorie-care-free spree!
A loose-fit outfit I shall need:
long, wide, strong at side,
Then feed, feed my Yuletide greed…
and then a diet, maybe.
All poems on this page written by, and copyright of Kate Williams.
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Poems and rhymes for young children coming later.