Stevie Taite

Rookie (30th January 1973 / Kent, England)

A Lesson On Poetry From My Five Year Old


I sat in bed one morning
With a note pad on my knee
When in wondered my Charlie
And he snuggled up to me

He said, 'You writing poems?
We are learning that at school
I know a lot about them'
I said, 'Really mate, how cool'

He stared at me intently
As he stretched out on the bed
His legs crossed at the ankle
And a hand propped up his head

After I had sorted through
And read back what I'd penned
He slid off of the bed
And peered up at me from the end

He stayed there quite transfixed
It kinda put me off my flow
I looked over my glasses
But he wasn't gonna go!


'Mum' he said ' has it got all
the things a poem ought
It should include good rhyme and rhythm
That's what I've been taught

Does it have some repetition
And patterns that are clear
What theme have you gone for? '
I smiled from ear to ear.

My Charlie, you've remembered well
It's Impressive, what you know
What else have you been taught then?
His face with pride did glow!

He ummed and arghed a little bit
To recall all he could
'Oh yeah, you need some 'wow words' too
They'll make it really good! '

I nodded with an 'oh I see,
Well thanks for all your tips'
He came and leant his head on mine
And kissed me on the lips

He left me to my writing
How adorable he'd been
And I put my first idea aside
And wrote one about him!

Submitted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Edited: Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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True story folks (putting poetic licence back in wallet!)

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  • Rookie - 72 Points Yash Shinde (4/3/2014 11:04:00 PM)

    .kids are really the most beautiful creation of god................this poem shows your love for them.......lovely.I invite you to read my poem-To bosom thee. I'll rise.........plzz do comment your views.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 199 Points Kavya . (2/7/2013 4:07:00 AM)

    oh such a nice sweet poem about an innocent child, , , , Kids are Gods most beautiful invention that bring joy and smiles in our lives... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 11 Points Chandra Thiagarajan (2/5/2013 9:26:00 AM)

    The poem is creditable being a true story. At times we are made to learn from our little children.The way you have handled him shows your great attitude towards children! VERY CAPTIVATING! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,657 Points Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (1/17/2013 2:51:00 PM)

    I just couldn't stop smiling while reading this from start to finish. What a great narrative poem which displays sensitivity and a seeming game from the fingertips of the writer. Really enjoyed reading. I would love to read more of your poems if I get time. Take care and keep on posting. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 33 Points Sandy Player (1/2/2013 10:32:00 AM)

    Funny-writing without being completely childish. He knows more about poetry than i do! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,032 Points Kanav Justa (12/11/2012 10:30:00 AM)

    i am sure he will write as good as you one day....i need some wow words too... say thanks to charlie for the lesson.. from side (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Ruby Honeytip (11/24/2012 7:01:00 AM)

    Awwwwwww......Stevie! I know exactly what you mean! My 6 year old was telling me about procedural text not long ago: -) I love the way you write! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Alla Simone (11/19/2012 2:10:00 PM)

    Adorable! Your inspiration was adorable and lively and that came through in your final copy. Thanks for sharing. There's a tenderness expressed here too in the bonding over a common interest with your small child. Good parenting, taking time to listen to your child's honest expressions. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,808 Points Bri Edwards (11/13/2012 3:18:00 PM)

    enjoyed it though there are/may be some misspellllllllings. and i like how she wrote the last four lines without forcing a rhyme closer than been/him. and is the kid that mature or is the poet just very clever! ! ! bri edwards
    thanks for sharing Stevie (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 24 Points Jahan Zeb (11/13/2012 9:54:00 AM)

    Fantastic Stevie your first poetry teacher is very impressive. Be in his class regularly. This is a good poem with good rhythm and flow.
    A darling poem. Innocent one. (Report) Reply

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