Safe Sounds

Safe Sounds
You like safe sounds: 
the dogs lapping at their bowls; 
the pop of a cork on a bottle of plonk 
as your mother cooks; 
the Match of the Day theme tune 
and Doctor Who-oo-oo.

                               Safe sounds: 
your name called, two happy syllables 
from the bottom to the top of the house; 
your daft ring tone; the low gargle 
of hot water in bubbles. Half asleep 
in the drifting boat of your bed, 
you like to hear the big trees 
sound like the sea instead.
Carol Ann Duffy

from New and Collected Poems for Children (Faber & Faber, 2009)

Copyright © Carol Ann Duffy. Reproduced by permission of the author c/o Rogers, Coleridge & White Ltd., 20 Powis Mews, London W11 1JN.
Carol Ann Duffy

The first female, Scottish Poet Laureate in the role's 400 year history, Carol Ann Duffy's combination of tenderness and toughness, humour and lyricism, unconventional attitudes and conventional forms, has won her a very wide audience of readers and listeners. 

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Safe Sounds National Poetry Day 2010 postcard

This poem was reproduced on a postcard for National Poetry Day 2010. Eight poetry postcards are published each year by the Scottish Poetry Library to celebrate National Poetry Day and are distributed throughout Scotland to schools, libraries and other venues. The theme for 2010 was home. You can find out more about National Poetry Day in our National Poetry Day pages, where you'll also find resources to go with the poems.