Growing

Today
you may be small.
But one day
you’ll be tall,
like me,
maybe taller.
You won’t
fit into your bed.
Your hat
won’t fit on your head.
Your feet will fill up the floor.
You’ll have to bend down
to come through the door.
You’ll be able to reach
on the highest shelf,
(and I can’t do that now,
myself).
Out in the country
the tallest trees
will scratch your ankles
and tickle your knees.
Up in the clouds,
yes, way up there,
the eagles will nest
in your craggy hair.
But they’d better soon find
a safer place
because soon your head
will be up in space.

So I hope you won’t be too proud
to bend down
and say hello
to your old home-town.
And I hope it won’t drive you
utterly mad
to visit your tiny
Mum and Dad.


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