Hi, my name is Alys Jackson and I'm a poet and writer

based in Adelaide, South Australia.

My work has been published in magazines,

anthologies and online.

Baby Won’t Stop Crying!

My baby brother’s crying. What if he just won’t stop?
My mother’s running all around, clutching at a mop.
“Get up on the sofa!” Tears fill up the room.
Father’s soaking up the flood, with a towel and broom.

Then baby’s gliding past, upon a silver tray.
“Quick your little brother, before he floats away!”
We wade into the kitchen and open up the door,
are swept into the garden, as tears begin to pour.

Soon the garden disappears; we climb into a tree.
My father’s on his mobile, he’s dialling help for me.
A police boat rounds the corner, passes by our slide,
in it sits three gentlemen. “The Prime Minister’s inside!”

“Now, look here little baby, these tears have got to end!”
My brother just cries louder; their boat swept round the bend.
Mother wrings her hands while father rings the Queen.
She’s winched down from a copter -She has a jellybean!

“Now look here little baby, I have a treat for you.”
My brother pauses, takes a breath, considers what to do.
A jellybean, sweet shiny red, sits in the royal hand.

My baby brother smiles and there’s applause throughout the land.

Now, each year, come jellybeans, flown across the sea.
“With fond regards, I send this gift.” Signed Her Majesty!

34 thoughts on “Baby Won’t Stop Crying!

  1. I really liked this poem it reminds me of my cousin Hawke. He cries all time, but not enough for us to float away. thanks Maddison

    • Hi Maddison, thank you for your comments. I’m glad that you haven’t floated away on Hawke’s tears 🙂 Yet!! Alys

  2. HI!!! I don’t really cry that much and nether does my brother. But I have a few questions to ask.
    What was the baby’s name?
    Which country did they live in?
    How long did it take for the baby to fill up the house?
    How does the queen deliver jellybeans without fish eating them?
    Thanks!!!Sincerely Jameson. P.S if you haven’t already check your short story for me..

    • Hi Jameson, Hmm some really great questions!! If I think about it the baby should be called Debbie (my sister) because she cried a lot! The country definitely has to be Australia, and the house had to fill up really quickly for them to get trapped – minutes maybe! I’m afraid you’ll have to ask the Queen for the answer to the last question 🙂 Great questions. Thanks Alys

  3. Hi Alys, i liked that poem because it was silly. I have a baby brother and im lucky because he doesn’t really cry that much!
    From Leah 🙂

    • Hi Heather. I agree. This poem is indeed very, very silly. By the way, you are lucky to have a baby brother who doesn’t cry much!! Bye Alys

  4. Hi Alys,
    I liked this poem because it rhymes really well. I also like it because this is exactly like my sister at night, she cries until someone actually gets up and gets her, its annoying!

    Thanks for the poem
    Ella 🙂

    • Hi Ella, I’m very happy that you enjoyed this poem, but I’m sorry to hear that your sister cries at night. I’m sure she’ll stop when she gets older 🙂 Bye Alys

  5. Hi my name is Ella and I read this wonderful poem. I would give it 10/10 stars for creativity and for being funny. Thanks for writing this wow! poem it really lit up my day.

  6. The part of the poem I thought was funny was when the baby made a flood. when I read the poem I was laughing. A different ending is the baby went to bed and fell asleep.

    • Hi James, thank you for your comments, and I’m happy that the poem made you laugh. By the way, I really like your alternative ending. 🙂 Bye Alys

  7. This was a really silly poem. The flood was the best part because it was super silly.
    I like jellybeans like the baby.

    • Hi Jack. A very silly poem – I agree. And I also love jellybeans. Thank you for your comments. Bye Alys

    • Hi Emma, Yes, the photo was real but NOT a flood of tears! Thank goodness. I have written soo many poems and stories that I can’t answer how many. Lots!! Bye Alys. Great questions.

  8. This poem is so 😆 and I like it so much.And the pitcher is so funny. But The Best thing is the rhyming.😜😏

    • Hi Hayden, thank you for your comments. Rhyming is such fun, isn’t it? I’m happy you like the picture, too. Bye Alys

    • Hi again Camila, thank you for your comment and for letting me know that made you feel happy. 🙂 Bye Alys

  9. I liked how it was about babies in fact I even have a little brother. He is very cute he only cries when he’s unhappy,he’s done a poo,doesn’t want something ,he’s hurt himself or he’s just annoyed or something like that. His name is Max he’s happy most of the time and I agree with you some babies do cry a lot and thought it was funny because you said that the baby made a flood by crying it would have to do a lot of crying for that to happen.

    • Hi Ella, thank you for your comments and for telling me all about your brother Max. I’m glad that he’s happy most of the time. It would be sad if he cried as much as the baby in my poem!! I wouldn’t want him to flood your house. That would be a disaster :). Bye Alys

    • Hi Dakotah, thank you for your comment. I’m afraid babies do cry a lot. That’s why I decided to write the poem 🙂 Bye Alys

  10. So what were you doing when you where inspired to right this poem??
    Can you remember what year you wrote the story in??
    Love Paige😎😍😉👍👍🌝

    • Hi Paige, Very good questions. I think I must have written it when my children were young and crying a lot 🙂 I’m not sure what year it was but at least 6 years ago. Bye, Alys

  11. That is very cool inspiration 👍👍👍
    Well i am going to bed now so good night🌖🌖🌖

    • Thanks Brandy. I’m happy you thought the poem was funny, and I hope your little sister doesn’t flood your house with tears 🙂 Bye Alys

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