Valerie Bloom

Image by Caroline Forbes

Granny Is

Granny is
fried dumplin' an' run-dung,
coconut drops an' grater cake,
fresh ground coffee smell in the mornin'
when we wake.

Granny is
loadin' up the donkey,
basket full on market day
with fresh snapper the fishermen bring back
from the bay.

Granny is
clothes washin' in the river
scrubbin' dirt out on the stone
haulin' crayfish an' eel from the water
on her own.

Granny is
stories in the moonlight
underneath the guangu tree
and a spider web of magic
all round we.

Granny say,
'Only de best fe de gran'children,
it don' matter what de price,
don't want no one pointin' finger.'

Granny nice.

from Let Me Touch the Sky (Macmillan Children's Books, 2000), copyright © Valerie Bloom 2000, used by permission of the author


Valerie Bloom

Valerie Bloom Reading from her Poems

1Autumn Gilt

2Granny Is


4The River

5Pinda Cake


7I'm Not A Kid

8Let's Go Play Football



11De Bread Van

12Kisko Pop

13Mummy, Are You Blind?


15Two Seasons


17Something Comes

18Scared of the Dark

19Next Door's Cat



22Whose Dem Boots


24Mega Star Rap

25Chicken Dinner

26Tall Tales

27Chicken Poxed

28Haircut Rap

29Baffled Turkey

30Eat Your Veg


32Who Dat Girl?

33The Old House

34My Brother Helps Out

35We Don't Believe

36The Tall Ships

37Don' Ride No Coconut Bough Down Dere

38What Am I?

39My Sister Thinks I'm Hopeless

40Riddle 1

41Riddle 2

42Duppy Jamboree

Books by Valerie Bloom