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Joan Poulson

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unpublished poem, © Joan Poulson 2010, used by permission of the author


Joan Poulson

Joan Poulson Reading from her Poems

1Like Grandad

2That's my dog

3Tell Sam

4Like me



7Double trouble

8My gran

9Christmas glow

10Sun energy


12Waiting for water



15Rainbow mad

16Rugby club



19Our farm, January

20My world

21Green witch

22Touch the sun



25Winter birthday

26Poem for the whales

27glad me: a prayer

28poem for January

29Bonfire night



32Crick, crack, crocodile!

33Three purple elephants

34Clatter of town

35Ladybird plant

36Got the hump


38school break

39Pictures in my mind

40This might not sound serious

41A wave like a whale

42Last dive of the day

43My wings

44Polly Pat's cat

45King of all the dustbins

46With a smile

47Master of disguises

48Not a snow cat

49Secret life

50How was I to know?


52so small?


54Calendar of humans

55Prehistoric ant



58Song about a drummer

Books by Joan Poulson