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Children's Story Poems

By Josie Whitehead

Afternoon Tea
Belinda's Tearooms


By Josie Whitehead

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There’s a tearoom in the country where Belinda’s making tea.
She’s watching out for customers, especially you and me.
But whilst she’s bustling here and there to serve us all today,
     There are others who’ll be joining us, who don’t intend to pay.

Look behind the radiator - can you see that little hole?

Who do you think might live there?  Not a rabbit or a mole!
It’s a little mouse called Tiny, who loves the crumbs from buns.
      When Tiny thinks the coast is clear, then Tiny quickly runs.

The window in the corner sends out messages as well,
For the flies, the wasps and bluebottles all recognize the smell.  
It tells them that Belinda’s making homemade scones for tea
     And every insect tells himself: 'She’s making these for me.'

They also join the party and the wasps head for sweet jam.
The bluebottle sees what he likes and lands upon the ham.
      The fly is somewhat cautious but is tempted to some cake
      But a human hand comes quickly, so he knows it’s a mistake.

There are customers outside as well, beneath the apple trees
And, in warm summer sunshine, they now order cake and teas.
      The garden has a duck pond and the ducks like cake and bread
And with swimming practice over, they know exactly where to head.

The customers all love to see the ducks come for their tea,
So lots of cakes and bread are thrown and all of it is free!
There are birds up in the treetops who love some cake crumbs too.
     One landed on the table, grabbed some cake and off he flew.

There are lots of little eyes alert to what is on my plate.
Many creatures think a tearoom in the country’s really great.
      So other than we humans, paying for the things we eat,
There are customers who never pay and for them it’s a free treat.

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* Chosen by teachers/children of West Yorkshire and published with almost 400 other poems in 2010 by AMS Educational Publishers, Leeds.