Bauble Blues by James Carter (taken from Read me and Laugh: A Funy Poem For Every Day Of The Year, chosen by Gaby Morgan), Macmillan, 2005. This poem was originally published in Cars, Stars and Electric Guitars by James Carter, 2002.
This is another great collection of verse for children, and though you do not of course have to read the poems on their appointed day, the structure does encourage incorporating poetry into daily life. The verses vary in length and are from poets old and new covering a range of topics. I had a trawl through December and found this one and another which will appear on the blog next week.
As this is a concrete poem I have reproduced it in its entirety alongside the typed version:
oohhh! it’s not much fun as a Christmas decoration –
I only work one month a year and then for the other
eleven months I’m stuffed into a box next to old goody-
two-shoes the fairy – what a life, eh?!
I had never thought of Christmas decorations having sad lives before reading this short poem, now I wonder whether I should simply keep them up all year round. It is also probably just as well that we have a star and not a fairy for the top of our tree.