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Spotlight - with the Cousins: a short fun poem for kids

Updated on December 31, 2014

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.


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    • Marion Drury profile imageAUTHOR

      Marion Drury 

      3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thankyou so much for your comments and encouragement. Much appreciated.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a funny and very enjoyable poem. Thanks for the entertainment!

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I ove this fun poem Marion and I'm sure the kids do too. Damn Uncle Colin :) The rhyme reminds me of "The Night Before Christmas" but the story is along the lines of one of my poetry hubs "The House on the Hill". Well done, voted up.


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