Small Dawn Song

Small Dawn Song

This is just to say Thank You

to the tick
of the downstairs clock
like a blind man’s stick
tap-tip on through the dark

to the lone
silly blackbird who sang
before dawn when no one
should have been listening

to the wheeze
and chink of the milk float
like an old nightwatchman clinking keys
and clearing his throat

Six o’clock and all’s well
Six o’clock and all’s well

The night’s been going on
so long
so long

This is just to say Thank You.

from <i>The All-Nite Cafe</i> (Faber, 1993), © Philip Gross 1993, used by permission of the author


Philip Gross Children's Poems

Philip Gross Reading from his Poems for Children

1Trespassers Will

2The Twenty Sixers

3Peter Poulter

4Jack's Black Day

5Mrs Stoker



8Song of the Empty Dovecote

9At the All-Nite Café

10Dirge for Unwin




14History Lesson

15Daughters of the Sea

16Tales from the Dark Continent

17Small Dawn Song

18Between Streetlights

19Knucklebone Yard


21Plate Glass

22Witch Elder

23A Funny Turn

24Teatime, 1960

25 House of Air


27The Side Way Back

28White Ones

29Dreams of an Inland Lighthouse-Keeper

30Nanny Neverly

31Master Mobius Presents

32Fire Says

33Stone Says

34The Living Room

35Rain in the Rhondda

36Big Muddy Blues

37Room Inside

Books by Philip Gross Children's Poems