Spotlight Poetry – The Midnight Skaters – A Poem by Roger McGough


© Jordan Tsonev, Frosty Night, 2018

The Midnight Skaters by Roger McGough

It is midnight in the ice rink
And all is cool and still.

Darkness seems to hold its breath
Nothing moves, until

Out of the kitchen, one by one,
The cutlery comes creeping,

Quiet as mice to the brink of the ice
While all the world is sleeping.

Then suddenly, a serving-spoon
Switches on the light,

And the silver swoops upon the ice
Screaming with delight.

The knives are high-speed skaters
Round and round they race,

Blades hissing, sissing,
Whizzing at a dizzy pace.

Forks twirl like dancers
Pirouetting on the spot.

Teaspoons (who take no chances)
Hold hands and giggle a lot.

All night long the fun goes on
Until the sun, their friend,

Gives the warning signal
That all good things must end.

So they slink back to the darkness
of the kitchen cutlery-drawer

And steel themselves to wait
Until it’s time to skate once more.

At eight the canteen ladies
Breeze in as good as gold

To lay the tables and wonder
Why the cutlery is so cold.

Poem Attribution © Roger McGough, The Midnight Skaters

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17 thoughts on “Spotlight Poetry – The Midnight Skaters – A Poem by Roger McGough

  1. Hi Goff, wrote a comment and attached my favourite Roger McGough poem, “Comeclose and Sleepnow” Doesn’t seem to have got through. Maybe attachments can’t be made in comments. Do you know this one?

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