Created: 28th August, 2015

My gran visits England

My Gran was a Caribbean lady
As Caribbean as could be
She came across to visit us
In Shoreham by the sea.

She'd hardly put her suitcase down
when she began a digging spree
Out in the back garden
To see what she could see

And she found:
That the ground was as groundy
That the frogs were as froggy
That the earthworms were as worthy

That the weeds were as weedy
That the seeds were as seedy
That the bees were as busy
as those back home

And she paused from her digging
And she wondered
And she looked at her spade
And she pondered

Then she stood by a rose
As a slug passed by her toes
And she called to my Dad
as she struck pose after pose,

'Boy, come and take my photo – the place cold,
But wherever there's God's earth, I'm at home.'

From Under the Moon and Over the Sea. 

Why not try...
  • finding out more about the poem which inspired Grace Nichols to write this poem: 'There was a naughty boy' by John Keats.
  • reading other poems on this site about grandparents by searching for the theme 'family and friends'.


Grace Nichols - My Gran Visits England