Robert Priest

POETRY BOOKS FOR KIDS

Sample Poems for Children

THE SECRET INVASION OF BANANAS

As I was out in the country

I saw a terrible sight.

A space ship full of Bananas

came down in a field one night.

They all wore either silver hats

or tuxedos and bandannas

I saw them and I knew for sure -

They're Bananas, They're Bananas

Now I see them out in the city

With big grins on their faces

They've all been painted up pretty

but the yellow shows through in places.

They smile at you all day but then

at night they chomp like piranhas

They look just like they are women and men

But they're Bananas. They're Bananas

Now bananas are running our armies

Bananas are running our schools

Bananas are running the police force

Yes they're taking us over like fools

Bananas are here for just one thing -

Power eternally

Aaaah bananas are here for that just one thing

Soon they'll all be Bananas but Me

Soon they'll all be Bananas but me!

THE WATER TRADERS' DREAM

All the water traders

who trade in outer space

talk of a distant planet-

a magical, mystical place

that has seas and seas full of water,

sweet water beyond all worth.

They say that planet is green in the sun

and the name of that planet is Earth.

And the people there drink the water,

they dive and swim in it too.

It falls from the sky in water storms

and it comes in the morning as dew.

That sweet, sweet water is everywhere-

Sweet water! Sweet water of Earth!

And traders say that the people there

have no idea what it's worth.

So, the traders have their earth dreams.

They dream of one silver cup

brought across space from the earthlings

for millions to drink it up.

'Sweet water! Sweet water Sweet water of Earth!

The people there trade it for gold!

They've no idea what water's worth-

just look how much they've sold!'

They dream the dream of a water storm-

surely it would drive you mad

to have a wind-full of water flung in your face,

to sail in it like Sinbad!

Yes, they say there are whole oceans there

where waves break on the shore,

where winds leave water singing

and the sunlight makes it roar!

They say that those who live there

just don't know its true worth.

They say that planet is green in the sun

and the people there call it Earth.

FLY

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but a fly keeps you awake zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

ZZZZZZZZ!

in true dive bomb style

the fly is a lullaby machine

gone crazy

gone wingy

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gone aggravating

but a fly is amazing

just ask it -

What sound does a saw make in wood?

the fly will answer

ZZZZZZ! ZZZZZZZ! ZZZZZZZZ!

o you literate fly

please read aloud the sound

of just the last letter of the alphabet

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

says the fly

the wise fly

the fly of few words

the fly with

the thousand-eyed eye

and just that one irritating

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but the amazzzzzzzzzzzing fly

whom we all love becuzzzzzzzzzz

its name izzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

what it

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all poems c by Robert Priest

not to be reproduced without permission

But please enjoy reading them here!

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AWARDS

The Milton Acorn Memorial People's Poetry Award, 1989
Special Choice Award, Children's Book Centre, 1993
Socan Airplay Award, 1994
Chalmer's Award, Theatre for Young Audiences, 1998

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