Poetry

Poetry for children

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Corinne and Marjory

We at Eastsider News want to express our gratitude to Corinne Fenton and Marjory Gardner for allowing us to publish their poems and illustrations.  These two very creative people were a feature of many of our first 15 editions.  They were a perfect team with Marjory’s illustrations providing a happy, quirky complement to Corinne’s gentle poetry so full of wonder and humour. Thank you to these amazingly generous contributors.  We thank you and hope your new endeavours give you pleasure and the recognition you deserve.

 

Bookshelf Toys

– Corinne Fenton and Marjory Gardner

Toys upon my bookshelf
With stories of their own,
A dinosaur
a fluffy duck

A small dog with a bone.
My soldier standing tall and proud
Upon the second shelf
A tiger, a zebra, a music box,
And a happy laughing elf.

And on the very bottom row
Almost out of sight,
Sits a tiny, china painted clown
With blue eyes shining bright.

It’s almost like he’s hiding,
From what, I do not know,
But I surely got the biggest shock
When he began his ‘show.’

I was just about to go to bed
When he leapt from where he sat
and started doing cartwheels
Across the bedroom mat.

He sprang, he danced… way up high
Then spun across the room,
If the window had been open
He’d have bounced up to the moon.

Then for the shortest moment
There appeared a golden glow
And in a blink, my clown was back
On the shelf on the bottom row.

And on the very bottom row
Almost out of sight,
Sits a tiny, china painted clown
With blue eyes shining bright.

It’s almost like he’s hiding,
From what, I do not know,
But I surely got the biggest shock
When he began his ‘show.’

I was just about to go to bed
When he leapt from where he sat
and started doing cartwheels
Across the bedroom mat.

He sprang, he danced… way up high
Then spun across the room,
If the window had been open
He’d have bounced up to the moon.

Then for the shortest moment
There appeared a golden glow
And in a blink, my clown was back
On the shelf on the bottom row.