The sound collector

A stranger called this morning
Dressed all in black and grey
Put every sound into a bag
And carried them away

The whistling of the kettle
The turning of the lock
The purring of the kitten
The ticking of the clock

The popping of the toaster
The crunching of the flakes
When you spread the marmalade
The scraping noise it makes

The hissing of the frying pan
The ticking of the grill
The bubbling of the bathtub
As it starts to fill

The drumming of the raindrops
On the windowpane
When you do the washing-up
The gurgle of the drain

The crying of the baby
The squeaking of the chair
The swishing of the curtain
The creaking of the stair

A stranger called this morning
He didn't leave his name
Left us only silence
Life will never be the same

From All the Best – The Selected Poems of Roger McGough.

Roger McGough Portrait

Roger McGough Roger McGough


Themes: senses

Poetic Devices: rhyme

Why not try...

Looking at the teaching sequence for Roger's anthology Sensational!
Finding out more about the CLPE Poetry Award which Roger chairs
Finding out more about Roger's Poetry Programme on Radio 4, Poetry Please
Finding out more about CLPE's excellent Inspiring Writing CPD for teachers