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Here are two poems to remind us of summer …

Here is a Field                               

Here is a field
where dandelions grow.
where silver sails
when breezes blow.DandelionField

Here is a field
where butterflies feed,
laying their eggs
on the nettles they need.

Here is a field
where rabbits may run
out of their burrows
and into the sun.

Here is a field
where I may lie
in gangling grass
and gaze at the sky.    poem © Celia Warren

This poem was first published in My First Oxford Book of Poems, compiled by John Foster, Oxford Universtiy Press, 2000




One for a bucket,
Two for a spade,
Three for the castle
    Grandpa made.

Four for a deckchair,
Five for a towel,
Six for the crab
    that made me howl.

Seven for the sunshine,
Eight for the sky,
Nine for the kite
    we like to fly.

poem © Celia Warren

And here’s a poem to make your mouth water …

(Would you like to draw your own picture?)


Why don’t we bake
a dinosaur cake
and call it Munchosaurus:

Give it horns
of ice-cream cones
and call it Crunchosaurus.

Why don’t we bake
a dinosaur cake
and call it Stickisaurus:

Add gingernut eyes
and buttercream thighs
and call it Bickisaurus.

Why don’t we bake
a dinosaur cake
and call it whatever we think:

Then let it cool
and eat it all
until it is extinct.

© Celia Warren

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57 Comments leave one →
  1. Greta permalink
    November 8, 2009 08,11,09

    Hi Celia

    I really enjoy reading your poems. Here’s one that I made up, inspired by you!


    As fluffy as a bunny
    As gooey as gunge
    My pink marshmallow
    Tastes like a sponge!

    By Greta Dennis
    Age 8

    • celiawarren permalink*
      November 8, 2009 08,11,09

      That’s lovely, Greta. Well done. I can tell you enjoyed writing that – and it gave me a chuckle! 🙂

  2. millie permalink
    January 24, 2010 24,01,10

    Hello Celia,

    I really enjoyed seeing you and listening to your poems. I have read my giraffe poem to my mummy and she really enojoyed it.


    • celiawarren permalink*
      January 24, 2010 24,01,10

      It was good to meet you, too, Millie. Keep writing and enjoying playing with words! 🙂

  3. Tara permalink
    November 21, 2010 21,11,10

    hi celia
    i was wondering what where you trying to do in your poem shakespeare’s 18th worm, where you trying to parody sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare?


    • November 21, 2010 21,11,10

      Yes, it is a parody of Shakespeare’s 18th sonnet. If you look at them side by side, you’ll see how I kept some aspects and changed others to make it a poem about a worm. I hope you enjoyed reading it.

      • May 31, 2015 31,05,15

        What do you mean when you say ‘
        and every squirm and squirm sometimes declines’
        compared to Shakespeare’s that was talking about an end to nature?

      • June 5, 2015 05,06,15

        Thank you for your question.
        In my wormy parody of Shakespeare’s 18th sonnet, what I actually wrote was:
        “And every squirm FROM squirm sometime DESISTS
        By chance of nature’s sending in a bird.”
        I’m talking about the worm’s squirming coming to an end when it gets eaten by a bird!

        Shakespeare was talking, not about an end to nature, but about an end to summer, in his lines:
        “And every fair from fair sometime declines,
        By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimm’d.”

  4. ingrid permalink
    December 6, 2010 06,12,10

    did you also write a poem called “LION”? if yes, please tell me. I kind of lost that but I loved it 🙂

    • December 7, 2010 07,12,10

      Hello Ingrid, Yes, I did write ‘Lion’. It’s appeared in a number of books including Magic Poems by Jennifer Curry and The Works Key Stage I by Pie Corbett (although it’s suitable for any age of reader). Failing those, it will be appearing again in my own anthology due out in 2012 to be called A Time to Speak, so look out for that one.

      • ingrid permalink
        December 10, 2010 10,12,10

        I’m from Hong Kong and I had a speech competition with LION and I captured my first ever champion, that’s why I’m in love with that poem

      • December 10, 2010 10,12,10

        That’s great to hear. Well done, Ingrid.

  5. ingrid permalink
    December 12, 2010 12,12,10

    That was 5 years ago 🙂

  6. January 9, 2013 09,01,13

    Dear Celia,

    My name is really Celina.
    My teacher read me some of your poems about the ocean. I really liked sea-urchin.

    • January 9, 2013 09,01,13

      Thanks for your comment, Celina. I’m glad you enjoyed my ocean poems. Because I live by the sea, I often write about it.

  7. January 9, 2013 09,01,13

    I like all your poems!

  8. Abby Bowers permalink
    February 25, 2013 25,02,13

    Hi Celia, I was wondering if i would be able to get a copy of Cold Morning?
    Abby Bowers

    • February 26, 2013 26,02,13

      Hello Gaby,

      Yes, Cold Morning appears in All New 100 Literacy Hours: Year 5 by Chris Webster, Scholastic, 2005 and also in Puppy Poems by Gaby Morgan, Macmillan, 2011.

  9. March 16, 2013 16,03,13

    Hi Celia,

    I am doing a something REALLY REALLY BIG and I am nervous but your poem penguins on ice is a jolly one so it helps me!

    from Holly

  10. April 13, 2013 13,04,13

    it was a LAMDA exam and I did it today I am very proud (keep writing)

  11. Claire Jones permalink
    April 28, 2013 28,04,13

    Hi Celia, I am just looking for your poem ‘Song of the seaside’ but I cannot seem to find it on your site. I noticed that you mentioned it in another post and wondered if you could direct me to it? I am a Year 1 teacher and we are doing a seasides topic! Thanks, Claire.

    • April 28, 2013 28,04,13

      Hello, Claire,

      I’ve just updated the ‘Poems’ page to include this poem, but you will find more of my seaside poems in my recent collection called Star-gazing, published in Collins’ Big Cat series. You can find the book on Amazon or you can order it from any book shop: ISBN 978 0 00 746531 6

      Have fun with your seaside topic.

      • Claire Jones permalink
        April 28, 2013 28,04,13

        Many thanks for this. My class will not be disappointed! Thanks, Claire.

  12. Elliot barnes permalink
    May 23, 2013 23,05,13

    Hello Celia,
    I have been reading a poem called Seaside Fun at my school for my literacy topic and I am enjoying it very much.
    From Elliot, age 6.5 years old.

    • May 23, 2013 23,05,13

      Hello Elliot,
      I am so glad you liked my poem. Thanks for telling me.
      Best wishes,

  13. Alannah Cosans permalink
    November 20, 2013 20,11,13

    Hello Celia I read one of your poems about words and it’s called pelican I enjoyed it and I love writing poems. But most of all I love reading and singing. I make up my own songs and stories. My granddad is going to buy me a camera for x-mas because I want to be a photographer.

    From Alannah age,10,

    • November 22, 2013 22,11,13

      I’m so pleased to hear that. It’s one of my favourites, too. 🙂 I love taking photos, too, and often they inspire poems. I’m sure you will have great fun with your camera, too.

  14. January 19, 2014 19,01,14

    pls send me to your poem here is a field

    • January 28, 2014 28,01,14

      Hello, Sheranrizvi,

      Sorry to be so long replying, but you can now read my poem Here is a Field on the Poems page of this site. It won’t stay there for ever, so you might want to copy the words down if you want to keep the poem. You can also find it in a book called My First Oxford Book of Poems, compiled by John Foster, and published by the Oxford Universtiy Press in 2000. The field in the photograph is near to where I live in Devon, England. I hope you enjoy the poem and picture.

  15. April 18, 2014 18,04,14

    Hello Celia. I have a urgent message I wan’t to ask you about your poem ‘The pelican’ why do you use repeat words in your verses, what is the effect. Please answer asap.
    From Fahim, age 10.

    • April 21, 2014 21,04,14

      Hello, Fahim,

      Thanks for your note. I repeat Pelican as I want to draw attention to the sound of the word, which I love. It alerts the listener to the fact that it’s the sound of its name more than the bird itself that interests me — and it allows the reader to share the pleasure of rolling their tongue around the word ‘pelican’. My poem is largely about words, rather than about the bird itself, despite its title. Hope that helps!

  16. Devon permalink
    September 4, 2014 04,09,14

    Hi Celia. I wondered if you could tell me where to find a copy of Why are my tears so salty?


    • September 4, 2014 04,09,14

      Hello. That’s a very good question. I think it might have been published online by the Hamilton Trust educational resources. You could try there. Otherwise, I don’t think it’s been in print, but I do remember their using some of my sea poems. Good luck.

  17. G. Davies (teacher) permalink
    October 29, 2014 29,10,14

    Hi Celia
    My name is Henry Cane, but my classmates call me “sugar cane!” I live in Kenya in East Africa. My school is amazing because it is at the foot of Mount Kenya. I am a big fan of all your poems, I really like The Song of the Seaside because I went to the sea a million times, and it reminds me of when I used to go to the seaside with my family. I made a poem for you and I hope you like it:


    Moonlight star,
    Shining bright,
    Chilling in the moonlit night
    Swaying from side to side,
    Getting dizzy by the time,
    Falling from the sky.

    By Henry age 9

  18. G.Davies (literacy teacher) permalink
    October 29, 2014 29,10,14

    Hi Celia
    My name is Param I live in Nanyuki in Kenya.
    I love the style you use with all the rhyming and short verses!
    I am 9 years old.
    i am in year five in Braeburn Nanyuki International School

    this is my poem


    as fluffy as a cloud
    as cute as a minion
    as gentle as a robin

    by Param

    I just got new puppies and that’s what inspired me to write this poem

  19. G Davies (Literacy teacher) permalink
    October 29, 2014 29,10,14

    Hi Celia I really like your poems they are so interesting because I like the adjectives you use and I like the rhyming you use as well. I live in Kenya in a town called NanYuki and almost forgot to tell you, my name is Lottie and I am 10. You have inspired me to write more poems! I enjoy writing poems more because of you. What poets do you like?

    • November 12, 2014 12,11,14

      Thank you for your note. I’m glad you’ve been inspired to write your own poems. Among my favourite poets are Walter de la Mare and Charles Causley.

  20. G Davies (literacy teacher) permalink
    October 29, 2014 29,10,14

    My name is Malaika I am 10 years old,I live in Nanyuki in Kenya and and go to school in BNIS [short for Braeburn Nanyuki International School] I have a question: what made you want to be a poet?Hold that thought. I wrote a poem in honor of you.

    When I look up I gaze into the midnight moon……………………………………..I’m still working on it!
    Kind Regards,

    • November 12, 2014 12,11,14

      Thank you for your message. I love the rhythms of poetry and reading others’ poems made me want to write my own. I like your first line. Take another long, slow look at the moon and write what you see…

  21. AFRIN JAHAN AZME permalink
    October 29, 2014 29,10,14


  22. fairhill primary school permalink
    February 18, 2015 18,02,15

    Dear Celia. We are the P4 class in Fairhill Primary School in Kinallen, Northern Ireland. We would like you to rescue us. We know you have written a poem called ‘Pink is a marshmallow Whisper’. Could you send us a copy of it by email or message. Our teachers email is we are doing work all about colours and have found you on the internet. We have enjoyed finding out more about you. Many thanks, Jayne and P4

    • February 24, 2015 24,02,15

      Hello, Class P4 and teacher! I’m delighted to hear that you’re enjoying some colourful poetry. I’m away from home at the moment, hence the delay in responding. The poem appears in The Mighty Ark – Junior Anthology 3 – compiled by John Foster and published in 2000 by Oxford University Press. (I think I called it Paint Box.) I hope that helps. Have fun with words. Best wishes, Celia

  23. fairhill primary school permalink
    February 25, 2015 25,02,15

    Thank you for your fabulous reply.Where are you is the next question, if it is Northern Ireland come visit anytime…the kettle is always on! P4s are curious to know. Adam saw your reply at home last night 🙂 Jon found the poem for us yesterday when we were tidying up all our resources in the classroom. I have a fabulous class. We love your poems too. Bye for now, we are off to read our colour poems and yours too 🙂 Bethany thanks you for writing such wonderful and funny poems. Amber would like to know when you started writing your poems. Thanks, Jayne

    • February 25, 2015 25,02,15

      Oh, well done, P4 – great team work! I’m now back home in South Devon – and enjoying a virtual cuppa with you. Thank you for all your kind comments. Amber might like to look at one of my previous posts on this site. . Hope that link works, but if not then scroll back through past posts or use the search facility. Have fun!

  24. Sophia permalink
    April 24, 2016 24,04,16

    Dear Celia,

    What is silver sails referred to in the poem Here is a field

    • April 24, 2016 24,04,16

      Hi Sophia, It refers to the seeds of the dandelion flower, spreading when they’re caught in the breeze. They look silvery in the sunlight. If you ever blow a dandelion “clock” you will see the silver sail. Best wishes, Celia

      • Sophia permalink
        November 1, 2016 01,11,16

        Thank you 🙂 my son really loves the poem

  25. Andy permalink
    April 12, 2017 12,04,17

    Can you tell me the answers to your poem :pelican

    • April 13, 2017 13,04,17

      Maybe only the pelican knows the answers. But the fish that the bird catches to eat might offer a hint or two …

  26. Rob Davies permalink
    May 12, 2017 12,05,17

    Hi Celia
    I am a student teacher in a mixed Year 1 and 2 class and I’ve been asked to cover poetry during English and the theme this term is the seaside, so I am planning on using your poems relating to the seaside over the next two weeks as I think the kids will love them. Is there any way I can send you what they produce at the end as they will surely enjoy you reading their work.

    Mr Davies


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