My dad’s amazing for he can:
make mountains out of molehills,
teach Granny to suck eggs,
make Mum’s blood boil
and then drive her up the wall.
My dad’s amazing for he also:
walks around with his head in the clouds,
has my sister eating out of his hand,
says he’s got eyes in the back of his head
and can read me like a book.
the most amazing thing of all is:
when he’s caught someone red-handed,
first he jumps down their throat
and then he bites their head off!
We found this poem in ‘The Works 2 – Poems on every subject and for every occasion’, published by MacMillan with poems chosen by Brian Moses and Pie Corbett. The poem can be used as a model for poetry writing after groups of students have brainstormed more idioms. The ‘dad’ character can also be changed.