The Chimney Boy's Story

The Chimney Boy's Story

"Inside the chimney, high I climb.
It's dark inside the sooty stack.
I bang my head, I graze my back,
I lose all sense of passing time.
Inside the chimney,
high I climb.

"Inside the chimney, high I climb.
Far, far above.... a patch of blue
where one white cloud drifts into view.
I stop to rest, but that's a crime.
Inside the chimney,
high I climb.

"Inside the chimney, high I climb.
My bare feet slip on crumbling bricks.
I clear rooks' nests - dead leaves and sticks.
The master yells, 'Get working, brat!'
I'm starved. Sometimes I eat stewed rat.
Soot's in my hair. I'm tasting grime.
Inside the chimney,
high I climb."


from The Boneyard Rap and Other Poems (Hodder Wayland, 2001), copyright © Wes Magee 2001, used by permission of the author

Recordings

Wes Magee

Wes Magee Reading from his Poems

1Tracey's Tree

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2At the End of a School Day

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3My Dog's First Poem

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4The Strangest School Secretary

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5The Ghosts of 'The Grange'

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6Down There On The Corner

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7Faraway Places

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8In the Castle of Gloom

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9Sun

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10Noisy and Quiet Places

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11I Like Emma

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12The Chimney Boy's Story

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13A Week of Winter Weather

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14Calling, Calling

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15The Witch's Brew

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16What Is The Sun?

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17Down By The School Gate

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18Up on the Downs

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19A British Garden

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20The House on the Hill

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21Big Aunt Flo'

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22Until Gran Died

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23Who?

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24The Meadow in Midsummer

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25City Sounds Heard After Dark

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26The Headmonster

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27The Boneyard Rap

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28Miss Jones, Football Teacher

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29The Girl in the Graveyard

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30The Day After

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31Our Miss Gill And Mr Scott

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32A Charm for Sweet Dreams

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33The Cat With No Name

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34The Spoons Music Man

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35In The Misty, Murky Graveyard

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36Pauline the Poltergeist

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37Up in the Attic... and Down in the Cellar

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38Tiger Night

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39Guard Wolf in Siberia

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40The Travelin' Britain Rap

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41The Mystery Space Beasts

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42The School Year

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43Questions on Christmas Eve

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44It's Christmas Time!

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45An Accident

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46Teacher Teacher

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47Sunday Morning

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48The Signal

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49A Short Cut... After Dark

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50The Twenty Steps to the Cellar

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51Voices

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