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POEMS
Created: 1st October, 2021

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Charlie never cries,

 

not even

when he came down the slide

too fast in Year 5

and broke his wrist.

Miss couldn’t believe it;

he even smiled and waved

to our class across the playground

when Mr Smith drove him off

to hospital.

 

Charlie never cries,

 

not even

when his gran died –

he was back in school

the next day

said he was fine,

he’d survive –

but you could see it

in the shadows

of his eyes.

 

Charlie never cries,

 

but when it was time

for the reading paper

we’d

revised

revised

revised

for;

Charlie sighed

flicked through the pages

for ages

put his pen down.

Miss appeared at his side

saying, try your best, Charlie

it’s just a test, Charlie

and he looked over at me

and I swear I could see

right inside his mind

and it was dark

and he was hiding

shoulders shaking

and he knew

he couldn’t do

what they wanted

him to do

however hard he tried.

 

And I’ll never forget

the day of the test,

 

the day

Charlie

cried.

 

© Matt Goodfellow, from Bright Bursts of Colour, Bloomsbury Education, 2020

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