Poem introduction

Sam and Esther had a hamster called Harry, and when I used to visit them they'd put him in one of those perspex balls which would career around the top of the house banging into walls, waking me up just as I was hoping to drop off to sleep...

Harry the Hamster

Harry the Hamster

Harry the hamster, in his ball,
rolled round the bedroom,
rolled round the hall.
He rolled to the bathroom,
he rolled to the stairs
where a huge teddy bear
took him clean unawares.

He rolled slap-bang into
the honey hall wall,
but that didn’t stop him
for he was so small
and a whole world awaited
Harry in his ball.

On Monday he rolled down the garden,
on Tuesday he rolled down the road,
on Thursday he rolled down a bike path
till he was stopped in his tracks
by a toad.

On Friday he rolled to New Brighton,
on Saturday to warm Singapore,
on Sunday he yawned, climbed back
in his cage, and all day
simply rolled in his straw.

from <i>Now You See Me, Now You …</i> (Rabbit Hole Publications, 2002, 2009), © Chrissie Gittins 2002, used by permission of the author


Chrissie Gittins

Chrissie Gittins Reading from Her Poems


2Sam, Sam, Quite Contrary

3The Tale of Dotty Cuddletum

4The Well-Travelled Tortoise

5Now You See Me, Now You...

6Death in the Poetry Library

7The Noodle-Eater

8Harry the Hamster

9The Powder Monkey

10I Don't Want an Avocado for an Uncle

11When is a boy not a boy?

12River Torridge


14The Night Flight of the Pterodactyl

15The Solar-Powered Fairy

16Tin Lid

17World Secrets


19A Memory of Snow

20The Pencil Stub

21Storing Time

22The Humpback's Wail

23Summer Pudding

24The Best Hiding Place in the World

25My Friend Bob

26Night Sky in the Clun Valley

27The Return of the Wild Man of Orford

28Dawn Meets the Queen

29I Can't Fix Everything

30The Fragrant Pirate

31Iris Upsidaisy

32My Dad's More Embarrassing Than Your Dad

33Wasp on the Tube

34The 'I'm Not Tired' Dance

35Lou's Pyjama Uniform

36What Does Poetry Do?

37Government Health Warning

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