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Early Memories

May 20, 2015

Events and brief moments from the past can often, unexpectedly, inspire a poem. As here:

FORGOTTEN TOY

A young girl
with a ponytail

delves in her toybox
too deep to see

what her hand
touches.

She pulls out
a forgotten toy

screams, flings it
and runs

away from Mrs Potato Head
whose eyes

are sprouting.

© Celia Warren 2015

And sometimes a drawing, too:

MrsPH_©CeliaWarren2015

Did you know that I have another website dedicated to one specific aspect of childhood memories: toys? It’s my Virtual Toy Museum. If you are interested in toys from the past, do please visit.

Riddles in Rhyme

April 17, 2015

Do you like riddles? See if you can solve this one.

Riddle & Photo ©  Celia Warren

If you enjoy riddles and lots of other kinds of word puzzles, then you’ll love my book of Word Puzzles from Schofield and Sims, in which this rhyme appears.

Click on the link above to look inside the book.

 

The Joys of Spring

April 2, 2015

© Celia Warren 2015

COURTSHIP FEEDING

He doesn’t bring her chocolates,
nor yet a grand bouquet,
but he kind-of wines and dines her,
as that’s the robin’s way
of showing her he loves her;
he’ll feed her when she broods,
he’ll fetch her worms and grubs and seeds,
yes, all her favourite foods.

And when the chicks are hatching,
their helpless beaks held wide,
he’ll help her feed the babies, too;
he’s telling her they’re tied
as one: a pair, together
as long as each survives:
they’re birds of a feather,
sharing busy, caring lives.

poem © Celia Warren 2015

Yes, the male of this pair of robins is feeding the female. This suggests that their nest is built and the eggs will fill it within days. After that, the adults will take turns to feed the young in a hectic 2-3 week schedule. This summer they will have two or three broods, so I guess picking the right partner is quite important.

Meanwhile, let’s hope we all enjoy a visit from the Easter Bunnies, bringing …

EASTER EGGS

If chocolate’s your bag, happy feaster,
Then the bunnies will bring you, at least, a
Few chocolately eggs
On their hoppity legs,
And some savoury hens’ eggs for Easter.

limerick © Celia Warren 2015

If you like poems, drawings and paintings of British birds and other wildlife, then the book for you is The RSPB Anthology of Wildlife Poems. It’s worth its weight in gold.

Happy World Book Day!

March 5, 2015

I hope you are having a lovely day celebrating books and the joy of reading. Perhaps you have dressed up as your favourite character from fiction. I haven’t dressed up as I’m still trying to make up my mind which character I like the most. Maybe Winnie the Pooh? Perhaps Paddington Bear? Or Rupert Bear? Ooh, I think I see a pattern emerging here. What is it about bears that make them so appealing, when in real life, they’d probably squeeze you to death as soon as look at you?

That’s the joy of making up stories and poems. You can make anything happen. You can go anywhere – from the bottom of the sea to a far off planet – an imaginary planet, at that! You can invent impossible characters and situations and see where they take you.

When you’ve finished reading, have a go at writing your own story. When you have written something from your own head that nobody has ever written or read before, then … Wow! You’re an author!

Today I’ve been reading a magazine that is distributed widely in the South Hams, an area of South Devon where I live. It’s called By the Dart and is full of real life stories about local places, events and people. It comes out bimonthly, and in the new issue, Kate Cotton has written up an interview with me. So if you want to find out more about how I became an author and poet, and what I’m currently writing, pick up a copy, and turn to page 55.

Of course, that sounds difficult if you don’t live in the Dartmouth area, but it isn’t as hard as it sounds. You can read the interview – and, indeed, the whole magazine – online. The interview with me is here. Or click on the picture below. When the link appears, click on the bottom right hand corner of the magazine cover to turn the pages. Enjoy!

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Home from Holiday

February 25, 2015

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You can’t take worms on holiday,
They’re not inclined to travel.
Even Mr Woolly Worm
Declares he might unravel.

And as you head through Customs
They might search through your cases
And confiscate your earthworm
On a ‘foreign soil’ basis.

It’s best to leave your worms behind
With homely soil to sift
And, as you do for special friends,
Bring home a lovely gift.

poem © Celia Warren 2015

This is a new worm poem, so it doesn’t appear in Don’t Poke a Worm till it Wriggles but you will find lots more squirmy poems in its pages.

I wonder if you can guess what gift I brought home for Woolly Worm, and where I’ve been on holiday?

Worms and snails and minibeast tales …

February 1, 2015
What a fun time we had in Plymouth yesterday at the City Museum and Art Gallery! Were you there? If so, do you remember this poem? Snails may be slow, but this poem’s quick to learn:

Mr Snail © Celia Warren 2015

You can find this poem and lots more poems about creatures great and small in the RSPB Anthology of Wildlife Poems. It’s a book for keeps aimed at families who love birds, animals, art and poetry. Check it out!
“(a) vast British repertoire of nature poetry that will appeal both to young children and to poetry-reading adults alike” – Mark Cocker, Birdwatch

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Looking forward to seeing you again at future events!

Bring the family to Plymouth next Saturday!

January 25, 2015

WRIGGLY RASCALS ADPlymouth EventWriggly Rascals ADWild about Plymouth

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