Poem introduction

I do enjoy writing riddle poems. This particular one I usually read without the title, which I will do now, and without the final word, but this time I'll put in the final word.

Bluebottle

Who dips, dives
swoops out of space,
a buzz in his wings
and sky on his face;
now caught in the light,
now gone without trace,
a sliver of glass,
never still in one place?

Who's elusive as pickpocket,
lord of the flies;
who moves like a rocket,
bound for the skies?
Who's catapult, aeroplane,
always full-throttle?
Sky-diver, Jumping Jack,
comet, bluebottle!


from Storm's Eye (Oxford University Press, 1992), copyright © Judith Nicholls 1992, used by permission of the author

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Judith Nicholls

Judith Nicholls Reading from Her Poems

1Who Am I?

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2How the Tortoise got its Shell

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3Bluebottle

4Polar Club

5Orang-Utan

6Wolf

7Mosquito

8The Coming of the Kings

9Stable Song

10Bodywork

11Hair-Raiser

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12Mum's Infallible Method...

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13Fighting Sleep

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14Picnic

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15Late

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16Mr Allport's Jacket

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17Learning to Swim

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18Christy's Rap

19Winter

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20Goodwin Sands

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21Fishing Song

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22Elegy

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23Dragon Days

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24Dragon Night

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25Music Lesson

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26Evolution

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27Wordhunter's Collection

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28Moving In!

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29Sloth

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30Slinker's the Name

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31Forty-one

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32Sea Song

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33S S Titanic

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34The Romans in Britain

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35Midas

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36Cnut

37Sister

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38Rap-a-Bye-Baby

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39New Beginnings...

40Partners

41The Cautionary Tale of Archibald Thaw...

42Harvest Hymn

43Storytime

44Lord Neptune

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