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Collection : Poems for Children - 1569

 

Wee Joukydaidles by J Smith

Wee Joukydaidles,
Toddlin' out an' in :
Oh but she's a cuttie,
Makin' a sair din !
Aye sae fou' o' mischief,
An' minds na what I say :
My verra heart gangs loup, loup,
Fifty times a-day !

Wee Joukydaidles -
Where's the stumpie noo ?
She's peepin' thro' the cruivie,
An' lauchin' to the soo !
Noo she sees my angry e'e,
An' aff she's like a hare !
Lassie, when I get ye,
I'll scud ye till I'm sair !

Wee Joukydaidles -
Noo she's breakin' dishes -
Noo she's soakit i' the burn,
Catchin' little fishes -
Noo she's i' the barn-yard,
Playin' wi' the fouls ;
Feedin' them wi' butter-bakes,
Snaps, an' sugar-bools.

Wee Joukydaidles -
Oh, my heart it's broke !
She's torn my braw new wincey
To mak' a dolly's frock -
There's the goblet owre the fire !
The jaud ! she weel may rin !
No a tattie ready yet,
An' faither comin' in !

Wee Joukydaidles -
Where's the smoukie noo !
She's hidin' i' the coal-hole
Cryin' 'Keekyboo !' -
Noo she's at the fireside,
Pu'in' pussy's tail -
Noo she's at the broun bowl,
Suppin' a' the kail !

Wee Joukydaidles -
Paidlin' i' the shower -
There she's at the windy !
Haud her, or she's owre !
Noo she's slippit frae my sicht :
Where's the wean at last ?
In the byre amang the kye,
Sleepin', soun' an' fast.


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Jumbo Jet by Spike Milligan

I saw a little elephant standing in my garden,
I said 'You don't belong in here', he said 'I beg you pardon?',
I said 'This place is England, what are you doing here?',
He said 'Ah, then I must be lost' and then 'Oh dear, oh dear'.

'I should be back in Africa, on Saranghetti's Plain',
'Pray, where is the nearest station where I can catch a train?'.
He caught the bus to Finchley and then to Mincing lane,
And over the Embankment, where he got lost, again.

The police they put him in a cell, but it was far too small,
So they tied him to a lampost and he slept against the wall.
But as the policemen lay sleeping by the twinkling light of dawn,
The lampost and the wall were there, but the elephant was gone!

So if you see an elephant, in a Jumbo Jet,
You can be sure that Africa's the place he's trying to get!


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Ode Tae a Bumble Bee by Stuart McLean

Wee hoverin’, fleein’ ferlie fello’,
Wi’ yer stripes o’ black and yello’,
Yer ever sae bonnie, so ye ur,
Like a spring lamb – only smaller and withoot the fur,
But see if ye ever sting me oan the bum again,
Ah’m gonnae jump on yer heid so Ah um.
(Copyright Stuart Macfarlane)



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The Chimney Sweeper by William Blake

When my mother died I was very young,
And my father sold me while yet my tongue,
Could scarcely cry weep weep weep weep,
So your chimneys I sweep & in soot I sleep.

Theres little Tom Dacre, who cried when his head
That curled like a lambs back was shav'd, so I said.
Hush Tom never mind it, for when your head's bare,
You know that the soot cannot spoil your white hair

And so he was quiet. & that very night.
As Tom was a sleeping he had such a sight
That thousands of sweepers Dick, Joe, Ned, & Jack
Were all of them lock'd up in coffins of black,

And by came an Angel who had a bright key
And he open'd the coffins & set them all free.
Then down a green plain leaping laughing they run
And wash in a river and shine in the Sun.

Then naked & white, all their bags left behind.
They rise upon clouds, and sport in the wind.
And the Angel told Tom, if he'd be a good boy,
He'd have God for his father & never want joy.

And so Tom awoke and we rose in the dark
And got with our bags & our brushes to work.
Tho' the morning was cold, Tom was happy & warm
So if all do their duty, they need not fear harm.


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Goodbye SS by Spike Milligan

Go away girl, go away
and let me pack my dreams
Now where did I put those yesteryears
made up with broken seams
Where shall I sweep the pieces
my God they still look new
There's a taxi waiting at the door
but there's only room for you



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