Shell at my ear -
come share how I hear
busy old sea in whispers.

Moans rise from ancient depths
in ocean sighs
like crowds of ghost monsters.

Waves lash and fall -
in roars and squalls
with all a mystery ahhh!

from A Nest Full of Stars (Macmillan, 2002), copyright © James Berry 2002, used by permission of the author.


James Berry - Children's Poems

James Berry Reading from his poems for children

1Caribbean Playground Song

2Jamaican Song

3Childhood Tracks

4Seeing Granny

5Rain Friend

6Trick a Duppy

7Everyday Music


9Earthworm and Fish

10A Nest Full of Stars

11Isn't my name magical?

12A Story about Afiya

13When I Dance

14The Barkday Party

15Action Images

16Scribbled Notes...

17The Adding Up of Birthdays

18Somewhere! Somewhere!

19Wild Whistling Woman

20Skeleton Sisters

21The Quarrel


23Singing with Recordings

24Postcard Poem: Solo

25Duppy Dance

26Getting Bigger Rap

27Mek Drum Talk, Man

28People Equal

29What Do We Do with a Variation?

30Okay, Brown Girl, Okay

31Everywhere Faces Everywhere

32Teach the Making of Summer

33Listn Big Brodda Dread, Na!

34Innercity Youth Walks and Talks

35The Boy-Don Rap

36A Toast for Everybody Who is Growin

37Gobble-Gobble Rap

38Light Fabric

39Bye Now

40Goodbye Now