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Longer Narrative Poems
for Children

By Josie Whitehead

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By  Josie Whitehead

Truth About Unicorns (The)

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Wizard of Oz
     But not of the Wizard of Fleetly.
The reason you haven’t is simply because
     He suddenly vanished completely.

He felt he was stupid - his spells didn’t work,
    Yet he wanted so much to do well. 
'I need to do something if I’m to succeed,
      And must try just another new spell.'

'I’d like to invent something good,' he declared:
     'An animal, enchanting and new.'
So he studied his books, collected his things
     And into a cauldron he threw:-

First a long silky tail, then the head of a horse,
    And a beast that would never be feared.
And his beautiful beast, with its spiralling horn, 
     Would be one to be be loved and revered.

He stood over the pot and uttered these words:
      'Cadabbra capilly crateered.'

Steam rose from the cauldron and, to his surprise,
      A unicorn quickly appeared.

This mysterious beast was so nervous and shy;
      At the mere thought of humans, it shook.
'I don’t want to live like the other wild beasts
       But just to appear in a book.'

The wizard replied: 'Are you really quite sure?'
      'Oh yes.  This is what I insist!'  
In your quest for unicorns, surely you’ll find
     It’s in books that they only exist.

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Wizards are popular subjects with children, for sure, and for sure children love their poems to be written with perfect rhyme and rhythm/metre - and so do the teachers.   Another 'wizard poem' of mine has been made into an animated film.  Do go and see it and enjoy it:

                                                       The Wizard of Alderley EdgeJosie

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