Forbidden Poem

This poem is not for children.
Keep out!
There is a big oak door
in front of this poem.
It’s locked.
And on the door is a notice
in big red letters.
It says: Any child who enters here
will never be the same again.
WARNING. KEEP OUT.

But what’s this?
A key in a keyhole.
And what’s more,
nobody’s about.

“Go on. Look,”
says a little voice
inside your head.
“Surely a poem
cannot strike you dead?”

You turn the key.
The door swings wide.
And then you witness
what’s inside.

And from that day
you’ll try in vain.
You’ll never be the same again.


from Plum (Barn Owl Books 1998), © Tony Mitton 1998, used by permission of David Higham Associates Ltd on behalf of the author

Recordings

Tony Mitton Reading from His Poems

1My Hat

2Instructions for Growing Poetry

3Growing

4The Snake and the Apple

5What is Under?

6Magic Carpet

7St Brigid the Baker

8Forbidden Poem

9Shore Music

10The Selkie Bride

11Bubble Songs

12Secret Passage

13The Minstrel and the Maid

14Little Red Typewriter Ditty

15Nightwriter

16Puzzled Pea

17Stone Circles

18Green Man Lane

19Elegant Elephant Delicatessen

20Night Stairs

21Nits

22Flightpath

23Rainforest Song

24Child from the Future

25I Wanna be a Star

26Dreaming the Unicorn

27Freak Cat-Flea

28Old Noah's Animal Dance-Hall

29Willow Pattern

30Plum

31Grown Out Of

32Pip

33Frog Hops

34Worm Words

35Minibeast Movements

36Tiny Diny

37String

38Twang

39Tissue

40Key

41Tiny and Shiny

42Fluff

43Shell

44Coin

45Bubblegum Balloon

46Lollipop Poem

47The Web

48The Pirate

49Arabian Nights

50Rickerty Train Ride

51Write-a-Rap Rap

52Little Red Rap Rap

53Fol de Rol Rap

54Entrance

55Dunwich

56Yarn

57The Taper

58Shell Villanelle

59Kwan Yin

60Days

61Penny Piece

Books by Tony Mitton