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We Need to Teach the Children the Old Words

A poem

Photo by Katie Jowett on Unsplash

“Words are world-makers”

— Robert MacFarlane

We need to teach the children the old words,
words like brabble and grubble,
twitter-light and clinkerbell;
words which dance and trip and slip
and drip like honey off the tongue



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Caroline Mellor

Caroline Mellor


Mother, writer and tea drinker living in the Sussex Weald. Poetry, prose and personal essays.