“I’m mad about …..” by Katherine Gallagher with Teacher Notes

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I’m mad about . . .

I’m mad about honey

that’s runny and funny

I’m mad about cheese

that grows on old trees

I’m mad about chilli

that’s spice-cool and silly

I’m mad about eggs

and rainbow-striped veg

I’m mad about jam

on speckled green ham 

I’m mad about pepper

the hotter the better


Teacher’s note:

This exercise can be fun with ages 6 – 12. Give them Ogden Nash’s poem.

Mustard  as a prompt  

I’m mad about mustard,

                                      even on custard.

Then have a brief discussion  in which you ask them what they’re mad about


©Katherine Gallagher


“Cosy” by Penny Szentkuti

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It’s the middle of the night.

Mum got up first.

We’re whispering.

She’s making hot chocolate.

The heater’s on.

It’s cosy.

The TV’s quietly humming the anthem of a faraway place.

We snuggle into blankets on the couch.

The spoon clinks as mum stirs.

The players are in position.

The whistle goes.

All eyes on the ball.

The mug warms my hand.


Penny Szentkuti

‘The Bubble Rap’ by Celia Berrell


The Bubble Rap  

(an accidental invention)

Back in the fifties

there’s  Alfred and Marc.

Two keen engineers

with plenty of spark.


Making a wallpaper

easy to clean

by coating it in



Their plans were a flop

as blisters went pop.

With troublesome bubbles

the wallpaper’s dropped.


They couldn’t get rid 

of that air-filled gap.

Instead they’d invented 

the bubble wrap!


If you’re way off track

or you need some slack.

If you think you’ll crack

or you’ve lost the knack


If you’re in a flap

and your mind might snap

then pack up your troubles

in bubble wrap.


Moisture resistant

elastic and strong

it won’t scratch your things.

Abrasion is wrong.


Cushion possessions

on pockets of air.

It makes a good bed

if there’s more than one layer.


Pop it and snap it

or bend it and wrap it.

Bubbles in plastic’s

the best way to pack it.

Refugee Week

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This week is Refugee Week. Enjoy and please share the poems on this theme.

Please continue to send in any poems to:



Have a look at the link below for a Haiku opportunity:

Announcement: Forthcoming AHS Winter Solstice Haiku String 2018



And today’s quote:

“Carl August Sandburg was a Swedish-American poet, writer, and editor. He won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln” (Wiki)

‘Living spaghetti’ by James Aitchison

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Living spaghetti


Wriggle wriggle, squirm squirm,

Here comes a nice long worm.

Like spaghetti come to life,

What a busy earthworm!


Watch it slide and slither,

Oops, it’s in a dither.

Pick it up now if you dare,

Dangle it in the air.


Wriggle wriggle, squirm squirm,

Thank you, thank you, earthworm!

You let our soil grow good things,

Such a helpful earthworm!


James Aitchison

“Ants in my pants” by Jenny Erlanger


Ants in my pants


There’s a bee in my bonnet,

I know I’ll be stung

but I can’t yell for help

’cause the cat’s got my tongue.

I’ve got rocks in my head,

my heart’s on my sleeve,

the frog in my throat

is refusing to leave

and I’m not really sure

what is going to become

of the butterflies fluttering

round in my tum.

To think that I nearly

forgot to include

that my leg is being pulled

and my ear is being chewed!

My patience with you

is just ready to crack.

I lent you a hand

and it hasn’t come back!

So sorry for making

a big song and dance

but there’s more on my mind

than the ants in my pants!

Jenny Erlanger


Prompt #15 “Let’s Pretend”


This week prompt is to write from a child’s perspective. Write a poem about yourself pretending you are a child in which nothing is true.

Please send prompt poems and any other poems to:



I am on LSL from 28/6 to 30/7. My husband and I are travelling with our caravan to the tip of Cape York and as a result we will be out of range at times especially in “The Cape”. To keep things running well I would like to schedule a month ahead for this time. I was thinking that we could have a spotlight month in July in which the regulars send in 3-4 poems and a paragraph of what you are doing re poetry in 2018. I would need 12 of you to contribute to this idea. If you would like to be part of this please send me the poems and paragraph in Word by Friday 22/6.



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