Family Chatterbooks

I am really happy to have been invited to a Family Chatterbooks Session at City Central Library.

Family Chatterbooks is a small group with up to 10 families involved, and they are holding a session about poetry. It will be lovely to be involved and talk about poetry with children and young people.

I have also been asked to share my favourite poem when I was younger with the group. It was difficult to chose but I tried to remember the first poem that I really loved. I have chosen Dog by Ted Hughes.

Asleep he wheezes at his ease.

He only wakes to scratch his fleas.

He hogs the fire, he bakes his head

As if it were a loaf of bread.

He’s just a sack of snoring dog.

You can lug him like a log.

You can roll him with your foot.

He’ll stay snoring where he’s put.

I take him out for exercise,

He rolls in cowclap up to his eyes.

He will not race, he will not romp,

He saves his strength for gobble and chomp.

He’ll work as hard as you could wish

Emptying his dinner dish.

Then flops flat, and digs down deep,

Like a miner, into sleep.

This poem made me begin to love imagery, which really was the start of my wanting to write poetry.

So, I am pretty excited to be involved!

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