Poem introduction

I was travelling across South London in a Tube and I noticed that a wasp flew into the carriage, and then the doors shut...

Wasp on the Tube

Wasp on the Tube

If I knew how I got here
I wouldn’t have commmmmmmmmme,

those doors banged shut,
that was the end of my funnnnnnnnnnn,

I’m buzzing around
and causing a hummmmmmmmmmmm,

they’re all looking up
and they think I am dummmmmmmmb.

I want to escape,
get back to the sunnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn,

that boy’s going mad
and grabbing his Mummmmmmmmmm,

if we weren’t in a tunnel
I know they’d all runnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn,

at last, King’s Cross,
my tube journey’s donnnnnnnnnnnnnnne.

from <i>The Humpback’s Wail</i> (Rabbit Hole Publications, 2010), © Chrissie Gittins 2010, used by permission of the author


Chrissie Gittins

Chrissie Gittins Reading from Her Poems


2Sam, Sam, Quite Contrary

3The Tale of Dotty Cuddletum

4The Well-Travelled Tortoise

5Now You See Me, Now You...

6Death in the Poetry Library

7The Noodle-Eater

8Harry the Hamster

9The Powder Monkey

10I Don't Want an Avocado for an Uncle

11When is a boy not a boy?

12River Torridge


14The Night Flight of the Pterodactyl

15The Solar-Powered Fairy

16Tin Lid

17World Secrets


19A Memory of Snow

20The Pencil Stub

21Storing Time

22The Humpback's Wail

23Summer Pudding

24The Best Hiding Place in the World

25My Friend Bob

26Night Sky in the Clun Valley

27The Return of the Wild Man of Orford

28Dawn Meets the Queen

29I Can't Fix Everything

30The Fragrant Pirate

31Iris Upsidaisy

32My Dad's More Embarrassing Than Your Dad

33Wasp on the Tube

34The 'I'm Not Tired' Dance

35Lou's Pyjama Uniform

36What Does Poetry Do?

37Government Health Warning

Books by Chrissie Gittins