by Roald Dahl
“The most important thing we’ve learned,
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
Them near your television set —
Or better still, just don’t install
The idiotic thing at all.
In almost every house we’ve been,
We’ve watched them gaping at the screen.
They loll and slop and lounge about,
And stare until their eyes pop out.
(Last week in someone’s place we saw
A dozen eyeballs on the floor.)
They sit and stare and stare and sit
Until they’re hypnotised by it,
Until they’re absolutely drunk
With all that shocking ghastly junk…”
You can read the complete poem here.
Join us for ‘Read, watch, play’ today between 9am – 11am and 2pm – 4pm.
Will you be watching films or television, or will you be watching the clock to make time for your favourite thing to read, watch or play? Have you been watching your to-read pile grow throughout the year? Maybe you will be heading outside to try some bird watching, or some stargazing. August is the peak time to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower, particularly in the northern hemisphere. Perhaps you’d rather spend some time learning more about the history of watches and other time-keeping devices, or you might like toread a story about keeping time. Share with us in our next Read Watch Play.
Tell us your #watchread poem…