Spotlight - with the Cousins: a short fun poem for kids
I wrote this poem one summer holiday after my brother and sister and their kids had visited us. All the cousins had headed up around dusk to play a game of 'Spotlight' in the park. A summer thunderstorm hit and sent them scurrying home to shelter...or so they thought.
The light grew dim, the sky grew dark
and so we gathered in the bush near the park
All the cousins were there and ready to play
a long game of spotlight to round off the day
They each had a torch and were raring to go
But who's minding Nicky? ... each one said 'No!'
Then Oscar said, 'Cool, I'll take Nicky with me.
I can piggyback Nick and still outrun you three'
So Buzz went in first and counted to ten
As the others took off through the bushes, but then...
From behind a huge tree shone a big scary face
And they stopped, and they screamed, as it started to chase
So they raced for the house, Josh and Stef got there first
Then Buzz, Oscar and Nicky all came in with a burst
The last to run home, of course, you can see
were Cooper and chelsea who'd climbed up a tree
'It's out there, it chased us, it's ugly and mean
It's got fangs and a mask and we're sure it was green!'
Then came a loud roar and everyone screamed
and for a long time, no one moved, so it seemed
Then came lightening and thunder, and out went the light
when in through the door burst the scariest sight...
A ghoul with a stocking pulled over it's head
with a sheet and a torch that made it look red
We all screamed - Nanna fainted, as the lights came back on
then it turned and it darted through the door - and was gone
Mum was laughing and rolling about on the floor
As that sneaky Uncle Colin reappeared through the door
And I know what you're thinking, and I'm sure that it's true
Uncle Colin denies it ... but hey! WE ALL KNEW!
Well that's the end of my story, so now I am through
Just take care, and watch out, for things that go ... BOO!
M.J. Drury (c) 2010. All rights reserved.