I’ve a mystery friend that you’ll never see.
He’s an invisible boy who’s often with me.
I see him right now - he’s there in my sight.
This strange little person might give you a fright.
When I asked him his name he said: 'Mickledy-Me'.
It’s a very strange name as you’ll surely agree.
With his lovely red hair and funny green face,
He’s probably come here from far out in space.
Though my parents can’t see him, I certainly can.
He creeps on the table and eats all the jam.
He dives in the sugar bowl and makes me laugh
And then hides the soap when I’m taking a bath.
He gets on my bed when I’m trying to sleep
And when nobody’s looking he’ll shout out ‘peep peep’.
My parents look puzzled when they hear a sound
For it’s strange to hear noises when no one’s around.
I’ve tried to explain him to Mum and to Dad,
But they, I am sure, think I’m going quite mad.
My school friends believe me, there isn’t a doubt,
But there’s trouble and happiness when he is about.
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Mickledy-Me was the first poem I wrote for the children in my local primary school when I was a voluntary visitor once a week for 4 years. Little did I know they would lead me into writing over 1,350 poems more or that I would reach out to children in 188 countries just a few years later. Almost 400 poems were published in 5 books in 2010 and the children asked me if Mickledy-Me was in the books. It was their favourite character. Oxford University Press, also have published some of my poems.
I feel so privileged to have met Peter Hudspith who, in my opinion, is able to illustrate my poems so beautifully. Thank you so much Peter. I'm sure the children love this little fellow as much as I do. Josie