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Elvis! Shakespeare! Picasso! Virginia Woolf!

Preview of ‘New and Collected Poems for Children’ to be published by Faber in Autumn 2009

Elvis! Shakespeare! Picasso! Virginia Woolf!

I had knowledge in my youth;
did the experiment, wrote the proof;
waved my hand whenever asked,
hollered an answer, top of the class, truth-
Elvis! Shakespeare! Picasso! Virginia Woolf!

I knew the score in my youth;
Beethoven’s Ninth, Mozart’s Flute;
classical, opera, all that jazz,
sang out the answer, class, aloof-
Elvis! Shakespeare! Picasso! Virginia Woolf!

Time of day, knew it, in my youth;
twenty-four seven from my mooth
came Physics, History, Spanish, Maths,
answers flew around the class, whoosh-
Elvis! Shakespeare! Picasso! Virginia Woolf!

No problemo in my youth;
ca va? Merci. Fermez la bouche.
Sic transit gloria; amo, amas,
I barked the answer, best in class, woof-
Elvis! Shakespeare! Picasso! Virginia Woolf!

So when questioned in my youth
re: blue shoes, shrews, cubes, own gaff,
I was never going to pass,
had the answers, showed my class-
the king, best, genius and herself...
Elvis! Shakespeare! Picasso! Virginia Woolf!