How was I to know?

How was I to know?

So here I am, Polly Pat's Cat,
stretched out in the sun.
I'm in terrible trouble,
didn't realise what I'd done.

So here I am
in the park
by the lake
How was I to know it was such a Special Cake?

When I licked away the icing,
ate the marzipan and creammmm
How was I to know they'd made it for the Queen?

They didn't tell me
she was visiting our street
didn't tell me
she was giving us a treat -
coming to our house for her tea.
What if she'd brought those dogs?
They didn't ask me

And when they saw what was left
of the Queen's Special Cake
the look on their face
told me
I'd better make
my exit
and I gotawayfastasalightningflash

So here I am
in the park
by the lake

stretched out in the sun
all the fishermen gone
And see what they've left for me!
Queen cakes? You must be joking!
There's loadsa fresh fish-cakes for my tea.


unpublished poem, © Joan Poulson 2010, used by permission of the author

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1Like Grandad

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2That's my dog

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3Tell Sam

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4Like me

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5Snail-storm

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6Luv

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7Double trouble

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8My gran

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9Christmas glow

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10Sun energy

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11Millions

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12Waiting for water

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13Yellow

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14Blue

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15Rainbow mad

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16Rugby club

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17Dragonships

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18Night

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19Our farm, January

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20My world

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21Green witch

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22Touch the sun

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23Dragonflies

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24Beeswax

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25Winter birthday

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26Poem for the whales

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27glad me: a prayer

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28poem for January

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29Bonfire night

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30Magnify

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31Diggery-daggery

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32Crick, crack, crocodile!

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33Three purple elephants

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34Clatter of town

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35Ladybird plant

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36Got the hump

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37Alone

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38school break

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39Pictures in my mind

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40This might not sound serious

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41A wave like a whale

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42Last dive of the day

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43My wings

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44Polly Pat's cat

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45King of all the dustbins

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46With a smile

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47Master of disguises

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48Not a snow cat

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49Secret life

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50How was I to know?

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51Mystery

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52so small?

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53Wilderness

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54Calendar of humans

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55Prehistoric ant

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56Graffiti

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57Unicorn

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58Song about a drummer

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