A Good Read

Children are good. And reading is good, too.
So bringing them together makes good sense.
We’re all for innocence, not ignorance !
Literacy has served me well — and you :
What better time than now to share our skill
With these kids ? Have you books that you once read
To yours who learned to read from them ? Instead
Of binning them donate them here : they will
High-tail it through your kindness to our crèche
Where they will help kids get a decent start,
Literate but with mind and spirit fresh
And able in the Big World to take part
As new Mandelas maybe ; anyway
As happy adults who can work and play.

Robert Ilson,
Poet Laureate