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In The Colonie (an extract: 38)

Michael Rosen


In The Colonie (an extract: 38)

Michael Rosen


Poem introduction

I ran away from home. I said, I'm going on the Aldermaston March to ban the bomb. They said that this was out of the question, the boy's mad. Crazy. My mother said, Where will you stay? You'd have nothing to eat, you don't know anyone, what would you eat? You're not going. Harold, say something, he's too young, look at him, he's packing. You can't go without a spare pair of trousers, how can he carry a bag like that for twenty miles a day? Stop him, Harold. What would you do in the evening? You need to eat, you get ill if you don't eat. Take a tin of beans. You can always eat beans. Harold, stop him. There's the chicken. Take the chicken. If you're taking a tin of beans, take two. He's thirteen, Harold. Go next year, wait till next year, they won't have banned the bomb by then, believe me. There'll be another march. Go on that one. You must keep eating fresh fruit. And you like dates. He's always liked dates, hasn't he, Harold? Just squeeze them in down the side of the bag. Couldn't he wait till the last day, when we'll be there? We can all go to Trafalgar Square together. Harold, have you got the chicken? Just because it's Easter, doesn't mean it's warm. It can snow at Easter. Wear the string vest. Who's organised the coaches? Do we know these people, Harold? One orange! Take five. And raisins. He's thirteen. It's ridiculous. He can't go. Keep the chicken wrapped. Phone us if you need more food. Goodbye.

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from In The Colonie (Penguin, 2005), copyright © Michael Rosen 2005, used by permission of the author

Recordings

Michael Rosen Reading from his Poems

1Introduction to Michael Rosen's Book of Nonsense 2Rosie Rosie 3Really? 4Help 5Footling Around

63 Limericks

7The News

8Bleep 9Get Up 10Polypropylene 11Bips 12More, More, More 13Tag-Along 14Who Am I?

15Yesterday

16Postscript to Michael Rosen's Book of Nonsense 17Introduction to Even More Nonsense 18Something that Smells 19Walking Home 20Plonky Wonky Doodah

21My Friend Elsie

22The Great Big Hole

23You Think You Know 24The Smeenge

25Riding Down to Boxland

26Inky Stinky 27My Drink 28Windscreen Wipers 29Our Party 30Treasure 31Introduction to In The Colonie 32Extract from In The Colonie 33Extract from In The Colonie

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