Here's a selection of my poems for children. I hope you enjoy them! (And do come back from time to time. The poems you find here will not always be the same ones).

Reading Between the Letters

This poem appeared in LADYBUG in April 2018. 

The "Just Because" Hug

This poem was commissioned by my three-year old niece. She knew I wrote poems and wanted me to write one about a "just because hug." Her wish was my command. Years later it was published in Kenn Nesbitt's wonderful anthology, "One Minute Till Bedtime," which is a book I strongly recommend to all parents of small children.

Just because you’re a horse, does that mean you have to go around say­ing “neigh” all the time? The horse in this poem didn’t think so. There’s some­thing about moo­ing that’s just so darn hard to resist. Let’s see how it turned out. (The poem orig­i­nally appeared in Bum­ber­shoot).

This poem, which was orig­i­nally pub­lished in Bum­ber­shoot, starts with the fol­low­ing ques­tion then goes on to answer it:

If Morris’s cho­rus is bet­ter than Boris’s,
Boris’s cho­rus can out­sing Dolores’s,
Dolores’s cho­rus is bet­ter than Horace’s, 
and Horace’s cho­rus is bet­ter than Doris’s, 
can Doris’s cho­rus be bet­ter than Morris’s?

Did you ever won­der why cer­tain pre­fixes aren’t more pop­u­lar? Take “ig,” for exam­ple. As this poem points out, “ig” is pretty much restricted to a hand­ful of words such as “igno­ble.” But why not use it all the time? The poem orig­i­nally appeared in Bum­ber­shoot.

I’m an unlucky fella,
there is no doubt.
I bought an umbrella … 
we had a drought.

Some­times it seems that every­thing I buy ends up being use­less. But that gives me an idea!

When chick­ens squawk­ing in the coop
squat down on their chicken legs
they’re some­times mak­ing chicken poop
and some­times mak­ing chicken eggs.


When this poem first appeared in Anon Two, the edi­tor (Mike Stocks) sug­gested in his intro­duc­tion that these lines could be viewed as a metaphor for what poets pro­duce. Like chick­ens, poets are capa­ble of two very dif­fer­ent kinds of work prod­uct when they go about their business.

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