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Sound Words Spoken
Nick Balmforth


Clocks tick-tock,
Bells ding-dong,
Drums go rat-a-tat;
Cymbals clang,
Banjos twang,
Raindrops pit-a-pat.

Parrots screech,
Ducks quack-quack,
Cats meow and purr;
Crows caw-caw,
Nags eeyore,
Dogs respond with grrrr.

Crickets chirp,
Bees buzz,
Doves and pigeons coo;
Wolves howl,
Bears growl,
Cuckoos call “cuckoo”.

Cattle moo,
Bulls snort,
Mice all squeal and squeak;
Lambs bleat,
Birds tweet-tweet,
Mating vixens shriek.

Humans burp,
And sometimes belch,
Atishoo when we sneeze;
We giggle
And we gargle
And whistle when we wheeze.

Flip flop the sandals
In the sand,
Vroom-vroom car engines roar;
For all who love
The sound of words
You couldn’t ask for more!

© by Nick Balmforth.
Used with the author’s permission.

Nick Balmforth is a retired safety inspector of children's indoor play centres. His primary published work has been in the field of safety standardization for the British and European indoor play industry and he was awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his work in 2012. Nick is also a successful voice-over artist and, in addition to poetry, enjoys jazz. He lives in Staffordshire, England.





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Creative and delightful
Posted 07/06/2022 09:34 PM
Wilda Morris:
What a fun poem!
Posted 07/06/2022 01:32 PM
Poetry of everyday life! Wonderful piece . . . congratulations and well done, Nick!!
Posted 07/06/2022 11:19 AM
Lori Levy:
Great sound words. I agree with Sharon--I like the human stanza! Wasn't expecting that one.
Posted 07/06/2022 10:55 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
Very funny and clever. My three year old grandson loved this. My favorite stanza: Humans burp, And sometimes belch, Atishoo when we sneeze; We giggle And we gargle And whistle when we wheeze.
Posted 07/06/2022 10:18 AM
Posted 07/06/2022 08:46 AM
Darrell Arnold:
Nice job, Nick. Enjoyable all the way through. I can't keep from smilin'.
Posted 07/06/2022 08:28 AM
Joan Luther:
This would be fun to read aloud to a crowd!
Posted 07/06/2022 07:22 AM
That is a terrific poem. Whoo-Whoo! Its true!
Posted 07/06/2022 07:04 AM

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