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Poems to Perform

By Josie Whitehead

Written especially for my grandson, Daniel, when he was 4 years of age.  He asked me for a 'train poem' and jumped for joy when I wrote this for him.  He comes from a 'railway' family for my father (his great granddad) was a railway signalman, so you'll get lots of steam train poems for certain because as as child I spent many hours watching the steam trains pass the signal box or, know they were coming, waving from the station bridge.


By Josie Whitehead

Clickety Clack

Music and Song - Martin Torbet

Clickety Clack - voice recording

Josie's Voice Recording 

A train leaves the station, clickety clack,

With wheels that clatter along the track.

      Its billowing smoke discolours the sky

      And hedges tremble as it clatters by.


Over the points with a clickety clack -

A mighty monster, strong and black.

     The fireman bends to shovel the coal

     As with clickety clack the coaches roll.


It’s gathering speed now, clickety clack.

The horses run and the ducklings quack.

      The cows in the fields gawk with surprise,

      Amazed at this beast of incredible size.


Past houses, villages, fields and trees,

Its powerful body travels with ease.

     It transports its passengers, clickety clack;

     Then rumbles and grumbles all the way back.

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Note:  Gawk - stare stupidly and with surprise.

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