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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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