Perhaps you have a teenage room
Somewhere within your home.
You may not find their cricket shirt
But you'll find their mobile phone.
Remove the dirty coffee cups,
Clear up the biscuit crumbs
And there's the missing library card
Stuck to some chewing gum.
The warring cry comes loud and clear:
'You leavy my space alone!!!"
Their bedroom isn't in your world -
Your clean and well-kept home.
Just when you think it can't get worse
And you cannot bear to look,
They start to hunt for missing things -
A bag or homework book.
It's now they put the blame on you
For things which they've mislaid.
It could well be their DVD
Or maths book which has strayed.
One day, if you wait patiently,
It will dawn upon their minds
That a tidy room will help them find
The things they now can't find.
Copyright on all my poems
It's here that you can smile at me. Rather than upset my teenage readers, I deleted this poem completely and then found that teachers and children had liked it so much that they'd asked for it to be put into one of the 5 books which was published with almost 400 poems in it in 2010. In fact I discovered it in "Josie's Poems: Celebrations" and I've had to copy it from this book and put it back onto this website as the books are no longer in print. It goes to show me that my audience are entitled to their views as well as I am entitled to mine, hmmm I hope you like it and it brings you a smile in your day. Josie
PS: Oh dear - my own room needs a lot of attention. I'm off.