Your words are just like animals
Who’re locked inside a cage.
They want to come out, run around -
Get rid of all that rage.
Your teacher says: 'Be quiet now,'
And parents say that too.
But words aren’t happy locked inside
Like creatures at a zoo.
Your mind is telling them to run,
To play, to scream and shout.
There’s lots of fun that they could have
If you would let them out.
They settle down and go to sleep
And then what happens next?
Your teacher asks a question!
And your words are quite perplexed.
For now they’re sleeping quietly
And don’t know what to say.
Your teacher wants an answer
And you are in dismay.
For human beings, the problem is
That words won’t stay away.
We try to lock them in our heads
But they prefer to play.
This poem was published in 2010, one of almost 400 poems which were chosen by teachers and children. Were you one of these people? I hope you enjoy it. Josie