Funny Poems Secondary Schools


By Josie Whitehead

This is a parody on Gilbert & Sullivan's

song taken from The Pirates of Penzance


A rollicking band of pirates we,

Who, tired of tossing on the sea,

Are trying their hand at a burglaree,

With weapons grim and gory.  etc etc

A dangerous pirate – yes, that’s me -

Who, finally bored with my life at sea,

    Am turning my hand to poetry

    With weapons of pen and paper.


I scour the books and the internet

For others’ work I want to get.

   Look on me now as the ultimate threat

   With weapons of pen and paper.


I’ll boldly take your verse and rhyme,

Then wickedly claim that they are mine.

   I’ll snatch your poems, then redesign -

   With weapons of pen and paper.


Copyright on all my poems



This wonderful illustration was given to me by Peter Hudspith, illustrator and friend.  Go and see his other lovely work on his website.



By Josie Whitehead


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