Poem of the Day


The Magic Word


“May I go and play?”

Do you know the magic word?

“Is it Sesame?”

No, don’t be so absurd


“Mum, can I go?

I won’t be very late.”

Only if you know the password

can you go beyond that gate


“But all my friends are waiting

I haven’t time for games”

Do you know the magic word?

“No, I don’t know of any names.”


Well then you stay at home

“Oh Mum, I promised I’d be on my way”

Then say the magic word

or inside you’ll have to stay


“Mum, I have to go

I promised I’d first meet Kate”

“P-L-E-A-S-E Mum”

Yes, now go before you’re late.


© Helen Ross

First published in Helen’s poetry collection, Bubble Gum Trouble and Other Giggle Poems published by Little Steps Publishing (Division of New Frontier) 2009.

4 thoughts on “Poem of the Day

  1. Lovely poem and I’d love a dollar for every time I asked my kids when they were young and the hundreds of children I worked with in children’s services ‘what’s the magic word?’

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