Wes Magee

(1939 / Greenock, Scotland)

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Wes Magee is a poet and children's author who was born in Greenock, Scotland in July, 1939. He has published 6 collections of poetry for adults, and more than 90 books for children including poetry, fiction, plays, picture books, and anthologies. He now lives in the hamlet of Thorgill, on the North Yorkshire Moors. more »

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The Chimney Boy's Story

'Inside the chimney, high I climb.
It's dark inside the sooty stack.
I lose all sense of passing time.
Inside the chimney,
high I climb.

'Inside the chimney, high I climb.
Far, far above .... a patch of blue
where one white cloud drifts into view.
I stop to rest, but that's a crime.
Inside the chimney,
high I climb.

'Inside the chimney, high I climb.
My bare feet slip on crumbling bricks.
I clear rooks' nests - dead leaves and sticks.
The master yells, 'Get working, brat!'
I'm starved. Sometimes I eat a stewed rat.
Soots's in my hair. ...

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