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Image by Eve Goldsmith

This might not sound serious

Joan Poulson


This might not sound serious

Joan Poulson


This might not sound serious

This might not sound serious

but I don't like my laugh.

It sounds like a hyena
that's got a bad cough

and sometimes I hiccough
then that makes me giggle

so I'm choking and whooping
with spits in the middle.

I've tried every cure
from thinking of death

to holding my nose
to stop-off my breath

but nothing will change it
nothing will work

whatever I've tried
seems to make my laugh worse

my barking gets louder,
the hiccoughing giggles

rise to rhino-staccato,
drop to jellyfish-dribbles.

When the circus is over,
I'm weak and wet through.

It's hard work is laughing
when your laugh's like a zoo.


from Pictures in My Mind (Macdonald Young Books, 1999), © Joan Poulson 1999, used by permission of the author

Recordings

Joan Poulson Reading from her Poems

1Like Grandad

2That's my dog

3Tell Sam

4Like me

5Snail-storm

6Luv

7Double trouble

8My gran

9Christmas glow

10Sun energy

11Millions

12Waiting for water

13Yellow

14Blue

15Rainbow mad

16Rugby club

17Dragonships

18Night

19Our farm, January

20My world

21Green witch

22Touch the sun

23Dragonflies

24Beeswax

25Winter birthday

26Poem for the whales

27glad me: a prayer

28poem for January

29Bonfire night

30Magnify

31Diggery-daggery

32Crick, crack, crocodile!

33Three purple elephants

34Clatter of town

35Ladybird plant

36Got the hump

37Alone

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?

51Mystery

52so small?

53Wilderness

54Calendar of humans

55Prehistoric ant

56Graffiti

57Unicorn

58Song about a drummer

Books & cds by Joan Poulson