Poems to share

Just the messenger

Ask your Mother
if she has seen my phone.

Tell your Father
I have not seen it.

Ask your Mother
to ring my phone.

Tell your Father
I’m on my phone.

Tell your Mother
I need my phone.

Tell your Father
he needs to look.

Tell your Mother
I have looked.

Tell your Father
look again.

Tell your Mother
to please get off the phone.

Tell your Father
I will in a minute.

Tell your Mother
my train is leaving.

Tell your Father
my battery is dead.

 

Copyright Joseph Coelho 2016. Reproduced by kind permission of the author.

Joseph Coelho

Joe says that he wrote this poem because "I was inspired by the idea of mobile phones being increasingly used as tools that stop us from communicating. "

Joe is a perfomance poet and playwright, who has written and performed for all the most exciting theatres and production companies, including Soho Theatre, Polka Theatre, Theatre Royal York, Oily Cart, The Spark Children's Festival, Islington Community Theatre, and Pied Piper Theatre Company. He is currently touring Fairytales Gone Bad - two poetic adaptations of fairytales in association with Half Moon Theatre.

His poems have been published in several Macmillan anthologies including Green Glass Beads edited by Jacqueline Wilson. He's been a guest poet on CBeebies Rhyme Rocket where he was beamed up from The Rhyme Rock to perform his Bug Poem.

His debut children's collection "Werewolf Club Rules" is published by Frances Lincoln and was the winner of the 2015 CLPE CLiPPA Poetry Award.