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Lockdown Poems

The very talented artist and illustrator Stephanie Jayne contacted a few of the authors that she has illustrated books for and challenged us all to write a short poem or story that she would then illustrate to keep all our creativity flowing during this period of lockdown. 

We all rose to the challenge and the results are pure brilliant.

The rhymes written by Nicky Gilbody and Sarah Morrell are fabulous and teamed with Stephanie’s wonderful illustrations they provide some humour and positivity in a time when we all need it most. 

Poem written by Nicky Gilbody – 

There are pigeons on my fence, in sunshine making hay,

They canoodle more than rabbits, randy buggers come what may,

They’re at it almost all day long, I wish they’d go away,

Just imagine if we joined them – what would the neighbours say?

Illustration by Stephanie Jayne

Poem written by Sarah Morrell

I wake up every morning with my poor head in a spin

Because again I have no clue which weekday I am in.

My legs- they ache- my stomach hurts and then there are my arms,

As Wicksey has me hopping high- I can’t resist his charms.

Then I try to teach my kids just how to read and write,

Which lasts for thirty seconds as they start to moan and fight.

Cue the crafts to ease the mood which always calms them down,

As YouTube shows us how to make a royal paper crown.

We paint and draw we glue and stick and keep ourselves amused

And end up with a sticky crown that’s too small to be used.

By lunchtime I feel tired and worn but thank my lucky stars

That they haven’t found the glitter yet or worse still the guitars.

An afternoon of baking and the garden to stay fit

Is the only way to keep our minds off all this awful s**t.

As night draws in we read our books and snuggle in together

When I wish that I could pause the clock and stay right here forever.

Illustration by Stephanie Jayne

Poem written by Cheryl Lee-White aka The Simple Mum

When times are tough, 

and you feel you have had enough,

it’s important that we all stick together, 

to ride out this stormy weather. 

You may be isolated inside your home, 

that doesn’t mean you need to be alone, 

send a picture, an email or call a friend, 

with virtual love there really is no end. 

Dig deep and find your inner rainbow. 

Then let that love and positivity flow. 

Spread those positive vibes far and wide, 

sending out happiness to others while staying inside.

Illustration by Stephanie Jayne

This was a great challenge and activity to help keep us all creating and busy so a big thank you to Stephanie Jayne for organising it. We have all got to know each other through our wonderful publisher Blue Falcon Publishing. If you want to see more about the authors and illustrators then take a look at their children’s books below –

Children’s books by Sarah Morrell

Children’s books by Nicky Gilbody’s

Children’s book written and illustrated by Stephanie Jayne

Children’s books written by Cheryl Lee-White

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Why not also read my other posts –

Poem for an amazing mum

Pete the Cheeky Parakeet! My journey to getting my first book published

Why I wrote The Book of Silly Rhymes and how it can help reluctant readers

Interview with children’s book publisher Justin Davis of Blue Falcon Publishing

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