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Riddle Poem

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Published: July 30, 2022

I am in speak but not in tell,
I am in whisper but not in yell,
I am in peel but not in bell,
And you’ll find me in spin as well as spell.

I am in loyal but not in true,
I am in gold but not in blue,
I am in hold but not in glue,
I am in know but not in knew.

I am in haste but not in soon,
I am in space but not in room,
I am in shine but not in moon,
I am in flower but not in bloom.

My last is in mighty but not yet great,
You’ll find me in Molly but not in Kate,
I’m never in yak and never in you,
But always in rhyme and poem too.


A version of this was first published in "The Universal Vacuum Cleaner and Other Riddle Poems" compiled by John Foster, Illustrated by Tony Ross, Oxford University Press (2005)

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ABOUT THE POET:

Mary Green works as a writer for children and young adults and has published many books across the age range in educational and trade publishing, including study guides, non-fiction, anthologies, fiction, and picture books. Before she became a writer she earned her living as an English teacher, and subsequently ran educational support departments in city schools for children with varying needs. Her children’s poems have been published in numerous anthologies and educational books, and more recently in children’s magazines and online. She has run events in schools, bookshops, libraries, festivals, and at tertiary level, and judged children’s poetry competitions.

Mary has always loved poetry. Poems were read to her at home from an early age by various relatives. These were not only children’s poems. They were often quite challenging ones for a small child, with profound messages not fully understood, but whose rhymes and musicality were always remembered, such as Robert Burns’ ‘To a Mountain Daisy…’ These are the poems that stay with her.

Mary has been shortlisted for the Caterpillar Children’s Poetry Competition, The York Mix Poetry Prize, and her novel, Orlando’s Ghosts, was shortlisted for the Mslexia Prize.

A selection of her books is available on her website.

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