NATIONAL POETRY DAY
5 October 2023
MY *REFUGE IS MY HOME
(A poem for younger children
for National Poetry Day 2023)
By Josie Whitehead
‘My ‘refuge’ is my home’ I said.
'It’s where I love to be.
I can shut the door on everyone
And a ‘house’ is home to me.'
‘My refuge is down underground,’
Said the rabbit and the mole.
‘It may not seem like home to you,
But we love our little hole.’
‘A nest is where I’ve built my home,’
Said a blackbird to a dove.
‘It’s where my babies start their lives.
It’s a ‘refuge’ filled with love.'
‘A refuge?’ asked a little dog.
‘A safe place for my home?
It’s wherever you, my owner, lives –
And from where I’ll never roam.'
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