Mothers – The Family’s Heartbeat

When a woman becomes a mother, she immediately fits into the role,
Loving you and taking care of you right from the word go.
They make sure you’re ok, and are always there to cheer you up,
From when you’re trying to take you’re first steps right until you’ve grown up.

Even when you’re in the mother’s womb, she cares for you like you’re already there,
Feeding you and keeping you warm, showering you with love and care.
Pushing you out of their womb they never give up on you,
Making sure to keep on going so that they and you can both get through!

When you’re a fresh little baby, they feed you with their milk,
Cuddling you and singing to you while changing your diaper and wrapping you in fine silk.
Holding your hand while taking your first steps, you’ll know they’ll be there,
Carrying you to your first day in school, making sure you’re tidy with a nice neat plait in your hair!

They comfort you in your darkest days, when you go through that hormonal, crazy stage,
Being able to relate with you and understand how you feel no matter what your age.
And even though you might not agree on all the same things,
We know they want the best for us, and, in the end, love and joy is what they will always bring!

By Foyin Sogbetun
Year 10, The Rochester Grammar School


Holidays – A Time Of Joy And Bliss

Holidays are a point in time where you finish work or school,
And have some time out to do something fun and cool.
Hanging out with family, friends and other loved ones,
Laughing, bonding and chatting each other while having fun!

One way to spend a holiday is to go overboard, whether alone or with your family,
Going somewhere different and exotic, and wanting new experiences and somewhere sunny.
The adults hope to get rid of some of their previous stress,
And the kids try to do everything they possibly can, making sure they have no regrets!

But some don’t want this, or can’t afford it, so they do something simple instead,
Like going out with friends for meals or just having a relaxing breakfast in bed!
They just want peace and quiet, maybe in their apartment or small house,
Having some time in their comfort for them is what it’s all about!

Another type of holiday is for the newly wed, and this is called the honeymoon,
Where they can enjoy each other’s company, and stay in the same tune.
Or maybe the holiday for parents, when the children finally move away,
Because although they’ll be missed, they’ll be relieved that there can be quiet for more than a day!

So, as we can see, holidays are different for everyone,
When they embrace the time of no work, and enjoy some lovely sun.
But no matter the season, place or the conditions they may face in the holidays,
When it comes to spending time with family, where there’s a will, there’s a way!

By Foyin Sogbetun
Year 8, The Rochester Grammar School


Heroes – Our Life-Long Role Models

Heroes are the people that we aspire to be,
Whether you want to be a scientist, an author or just sing in glee.
There’s always someone who’s done something great,
No matter if it’s someone famous that you can never meet or simply just your mate!

We always have a famous person that we look up to,
The motivation we use to push us to prepare for what we want to do.
They are popular, and normally have the career of some sort, whatever you want to be,
And it is only their greatness, not the inside, and their personality that you can see.

But then you can have a small hero, and this really isn’t bad,
It could be your grandparents, or even your mum or dad.
They are loving and caring, and you know them inside out,
You know that they are a true inspiration without a doubt!

Everyone has a different hero, and some even have more than one,
And they are mainly for the things they have done.
You love what you have seen about them and what they do,
But you will always be inspired by the people who are closest and dearest to you…

By Foyin Sogbetun
Year 8, The Rochester Grammar School

School – The First Stages of the World

School is the place where we have our education and learn new things,
And often where our first strong friend relationships begin.
This teaches us the things we need to know so that we are smart,
And how to get a job in this world and play our own part.

We start in nursery, where we play and laugh all day,
When we only know those first few words, and have barely anything to say.
We colour our pictures outside the line and paint things with our hands,
And we go outside and play on the swing and slide, or play in the sand!

Afterwards we move onto primary school, which isn’t much of a step,
But this is the part where the foundation of the education starts to develop.
This is where we make our first friends and we start to work hard and do our best,
When we begin the long phase of exams and preparation tests.

The middle of our major school life starts in secondary school,
When you try to fit in and learn how to do and say what is cool.
You have a bunch of tests that decide your future in university and a bit of your life,
Although it’s not the sort of journey that is stress free with no trace of strife.

Lastly you find you have finished sixth form, and have your entire future plan sorted,
Hoping to get into the university you’ve been dreaming of, the one you’ve wanted.
You start at university and that’s when the real work begins,
And when the world opens up and reveals itself and you start to see everything.

But the real school is the experience of what you go through in your life, and what you do,
Just like what they say, “Experience is the best teacher”, and at this stage, you begin to see this is true…

By Foyin Sogbetun
Year 8, The Rochester Grammar School

Fathers – A daughter’s first love, a son’s first hero

A father is the male in the family, that takes control over everything;
Helping with decisions of the house, mother the Queen, him the King
This figure is a role model that children seem to follow and copy,
Although they seem mean on the outside, they are always good on the inside, as sweet as toffee!

They are not always biological, but you know they always care,
They are ready to help you, to hold you, and always be there.
They’re strict, but soft as well, especially when we are growing up,
They make sure we behave, but sometimes treat us like we are grownups!

When we get older, around the teenage stage,
We start to drift from them when we get older in age,
Girls might find it harder to talk to them about private things, that’s what mums are for,
But boys don’t run out of things to talk about with their dads, it’s never a bore!

Dads are always the kindest, giving us secret treats,
Talking to us and telling us funny jokes as we walk with them down the streets.
We have a mummy’s boy, but also a daddy’s girl,
And, to be honest, that position for both the girl and the dad is always more swell.

Our dads are the only men in our lives that can never let us down,
Even though they can make us angry, or make us frown,
He’s a daughter’s first love, and a son’s first hero,
And they will always impact our lives way more than they will ever know…

By Foyin Sogbetun
Year 8, The Rochester Grammar School

Dreams – Our Wildest Thoughts

A dream is a series of thoughts that come together while we sleep,
Although they often occur when our sleep is quite deep.
We don’t always remember them, really only the nightmares,
But those are the ones we don’t want to remember, as they give us the scares!

We have those peaceful dreams, the ones that make us happy,
Whether we are smiling with our family or skipping in a land of candy!
They are often not remembered very vividly, which is really quite sad,
But we normally have a good one the next night, which isn’t so bad!

But we also have nightmares, the dreams we can’t escape so easily,
About clowns under our bed, or strange creatures laughing eerily.
They make us sweaty, stressed and scared, even in our sleep,
Often waking us up in a flash, making us cry and weep.

But these dreams pass, and new ones will come again,
And positive vibes from them we hope to gain,
Those dreaded nightmares will always find a way into our mind,
But we can always find a way to figure them out, and leave them behind!

By Foyin Sogbetun
Year 8, The Rochester Grammar School

Time – A Season in Which Everything Happens

Time is the progress of existence that tells us of the past, present and future;
Although we often wish it would give us more time, and tell us a point in time that is sooner.
It tells us the hours in a day, and how many seconds are in a minute;
Although how long we get in those crucial seconds will end, having a certain limit…

There is a time for everything, just as the saying goes,
Whether it is a time to love someone, or a time to loathe.
There is a time to have a feeling for everyone you meet or see,
Whether you feel happy or sad, trapped or free…

There will always be the time to have the freedom of speech, and also the right to silence.
And there is also a time for peace, and a time to start a war or a fight.
A time to keep your possessions, and also a time to lose;
A time to be smart and responsible and a time to have fun and amuse.

Time doesn’t wait for you, no matter what you say,
No matter how much you plead, no matter how much you pray
Or if it is a time to laugh or a time to cry,
A time will eventually come in which we will be born, and also die…

By Foyin Sogbetun
Year 8, The Rochester Grammar School

Money – A Necessity Of Life

Money is an item that can buy us things that help u live our lives;
Whether it is food, clothes or a ring for the brand new wife.
It can be gained one second, and lost so easily the next;
Whether it is the cash that is in your bank, or that priceless cheque.

Money can be exchanged so you can change it and spend it around the world;
And we find out the good and bad things about money as problems begin to unfurl.
It helps us provides for our families and ourselves;
And pay for jobs to be done like getting a car washed or giving your house a few amends.

Although money can help us, it can also cause stress and greed;
Whether you get too much and are careless or you are in debt and in desperate need.
You can get buried in bills with careless spending or not having enough money;
Meaning you couldn’t be very responsible, or just very unlucky!

Money is a necessity of life that we all need, no matter who we are;
Whether it is to spend it on a mortgage or simply spending at a snack bar.
Money can be a solution or a problem, depending on your life situation,
Although it is nice to spend a bit of extra money for your summer vacation!

By Foyin Sogbetun
Year 8, The Rochester Grammar

Toys – Our Fictional Friends

Toys are objects that we played with as children;
Whether we were playing with Barbies or making a Lego building.
We would talk to them, take care of them, and always had fun;
But we were always excited to move on to that new Nerf gun!

As babies we have those pretend phones or that plastic talking robot;
Although they could often end up getting destroyed or completely covered in snot!
They comforted us when we couldn’t talk or understand life quite yet,
Although when we get a new one, it is the old one we can never forget!

Girls have their dolls, and would style their hair and change their dresses,
And get our new pretend iPad in which we used to send our parents a message!
As a girl you get your first cooking set, and make your own ‘cupcakes’,
Although there would always be some kind of funny, minor mistake!

Boys have their water guns, shooting water bullets all day long,
Or have a court table and play Tennis and Ping-Pong.
They play with Lego Chima and do role plays with the men,
And although you’ve played it lots of times, you always want to do it again and again!

Adults even have their own toys, an Xbox or a PlayStation;
Loving the video games and the everlasting sensation.
Playing on the Wii, and having fun playing imaginary sports,
Although we all know it is much healthier to play on actual sports’ courts!

By Foyin Sogbetun
Year 8, The Rochester Grammar School

Colours – Hues That make Up Our World

We have colours everywhere around us, everywhere we look;
Whether from the colours of the rainbow, or pictures in a book.
All colours have a different meaning, symbolizing different things;
Whether it is red, orange, pink, black, yellow, white, blue, purple or green!

Red symbolizes anger, a deep rush of blood or fire;
Orange showing signs of creativity, or the feeling of being inspired.
Yellow shows us positivity, or the brightness of the sun;
And green showing us a sign of growth and fertility, like a flower growing from a bud.

Blue symbolizes the sky and the sea, or the sadness that we may feel,
Pink showing love and tenderness, the fact that love is that true seal.
Purple symbolizes the colour of royalty, a rich, luxurious shade.
It is all of these colours of the rainbow in which a meaning is conveyed.

But then you have those strange colours, ones we still adore,
But the actual meaning or its symbolization of it still leaves us so unsure.
Colours like brown, turquoise, indigo, peach, camouflage or grey;
Yet the lack of knowing its true value doesn’t stop us from liking them or putting them on display,

All the colours in the world vary from happy to sad, dark to light;
But we know that no matter the shade, they all seem to be alright.
We love them all and can’t pick the one we like the most,
Although we know which ones are nice together and which ones are gross!

By Foyin Sogbetun
Year 8, The Rochester Grammar School