The idea comes from a poem by John Hegley called ‘The Differences Between Dogs and Deckchairs’
This example was written by a group of girls in one of David’s workshops.
How to Tell a Banana From a Bicycle
You can’t keep a bicycle in a fruit bowl.
Bananas don’t have wheels and a saddle.
You don’t have to learn to ride a banana.
A bicycle isn’t a fruit.
A bicycle won’t turn black if you leave it in a fridge for a week.
Bicycle and banana begin with the same letter and go on with different ones.
No-one has ever won the Tour de France on a banana.
You can’t add a bicycle to a curry.
You can’t fall off a banana.
You cannot slip on a bicycle skin.
Annabel, Vanya and Libby
Here’s how you can get your children to try this idea out and write some wonderfully imaginative poems.
- Get them to choose two items that they are going use to spot the differences between.
- Make sure the items are as unalike and different from one another as they can. So, maybe not a pen and a pencil, but a pen and a double-decker bus or a pencil and a tent might work well.
- Get the children to write quickly. Encourage them to not plan the order of their ideas; just write whatever differences come into their heads. The more obvious the differences, the more humorous the poem will be.
- Tell them they don’t have to keep all the ideas in their final collection, just the ones they feel work well.
- If, however they feel they all work well, then keep them all.
David and Mike from Goodeyedeers