Poem of the Week

This week’s Poem of the Week is very kindly brought to us by Michelle Fowler in Banbury. Michelle writes:


“Bearing in mind it is Children In Need next Friday, I’d like to suggest this week’s poem is Timothy Winters by Charles Causley.  Although this poem was written many years ago, there are still children in the same unfortunate situation in this country.  Children in Need gives us a chance to make a difference to their lives and many other children who need our help.”


To find out how you can get involved in the brilliant cause that is Children in Need, click here


To learn more about Charles Causley and listen to him read his work aloud (a real treat!), click here.



Timothy Winters


Timothy Winters comes to school

With eyes as wide as a football-pool,

Ears like bombs and teeth like splinters:

A blitz of a boy is Timothy Winters.


His belly is white, his neck is dark,

And his hair is an exclamation-mark.

His clothes are enough to scare a crow

And through his britches the blue winds blow.


When teacher talks he won’t hear a word

And he shoots down dead the arithmetic-bird,

He licks the pattern off his plate

And he’s not even heard of the Welfare State.


Timothy Winters has bloody feet

And he lives in a house on Suez Street,

He sleeps in a sack on the kitchen floor

And they say there aren’t boys like him anymore.


Old Man Winters likes his beer

And his missus ran off with a bombardier,

Grandma sits in the grate with a gin

And Timothy’s dosed with an aspirin.


The welfare Worker lies awake

But the law’s as tricky as a ten-foot snake,

So Timothy Winters drinks his cup

And slowly goes on growing up.


At Morning Prayers the Master helves

for children less fortunate than ourselves,

And the loudest response in the room is when

Timothy Winters roars “Amen!”


So come one angel, come on ten

Timothy Winters says “Amen

Amen amen amen amen.”

Timothy Winters, Lord. Amen


Charles Causley


With thanks to Michelle Fowler in Banbury.


1 Comment

Filed under Have Your Say, In The News, Poem of the Week

One response to “Poem of the Week

  1. Paul Grant

    A lovely poem and very appropriate for today, 11.11.08.

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