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.

I’m Starving!

Take away all of those long beans
throw away broccoli too.
I’m quite unable to like greens
ditto for anything blue!

Eggplant and Aubergine, no, no!
Roasted nor boiled nor fried.
Veggies of all kinds can, go, go
and any food I haven’t tried!

Nothing that’s fruity or cheesy,
no soup, no pasta, no rice.
Stewing and baking can’t please me,
eggy things really aren’t nice.

Forget about anything meaty,
seafood if it’s from the sea

and better not give me a lolly!
-Sugar’s not healthy you see!

Never present me with curry,
cornbread, rye, barley or wheat,
but Mother I’d like you to hurry
I’m starving and I want to eat!

50 thoughts on “I’m Starving!

  1. I liked this poem as it talks about fussy eaters., just like my sister. Always hungry but never wants to eat what mum cooks, unless its chicken nuggets and chips. Bye Maddison

    • Hi Maddison, I also know some very fussy eaters! In fact, when my cousin went on holiday he packed marmalade sandwiches inside his suitcase so he didn’t need to eat anything else. True! Alys

  2. Well im not that fussy but i dont really like long beans. I wonder what his mum would actually make for him?? He really doesnt like much!
    These poems are fun though.
    Thank you
    Leah 😁

    • Hi Leah, thank you for your comments. I’m glad to hear that you’re not a fussy eater 🙂 and that you liked the poems. Bye Alys

    • Hi Abbey, I’m pleased to hear that you are creative and I’m sure you will be able to write amazing things. Just never give up!! 🙂 Alys

  3. I like this poem because
    it shows how people can be so picky with their food,
    but sometimes you do this if you are in a bad mood
    Sometimes it’s so hard just to choose
    Between all of these different foods

    From Tulara

    • Hi Tulara, I agree that it’s hard to choose food sometimes, and I’m very pleased you liked this poem. I always try to eat food that is healthy but sometimes it is so, so hard! I hope you find it easier. Bye Alys

  4. Hi Alys does the fussy eater in this poem like or eat anything would they just starve? I mean my brother is a fussy eater but not that fussy. 🙂 Kind regards Finn

    • Hi Finn, sorry I took so long to reply. I am not sure what the fussy eater (in my poem) would eat 🙂 And I am so glad your brother isn’t as fussy!!

    • Hi Emma, I think that everyone is a little bit fussy sometimes :). Thank you for your comment. Bye Alys

  5. Hi Alys, that was a great poem does this person never eat or does the person only one type of food? I hope to meet you soon . Camila Paez

    • Hi Camila, I have no idea what this fussy eater would eat. I don’t think there’s much left 🙂 Alys

    • Hi Kassim, it must be hard always being hungry!! But I’m glad you can relate to the poem 🙂 Bye, Alys

    • Hi Hannah, I’m so pleased you enjoyed the poem. I can relate to it too – there are some foods I still refuse to eat 🙂 Bye, Alys

    • Hi Amity, I’m glad you liked the poem and I hope that you find something you enjoy eating!! 🙂 Bye Alys

  6. Hi Alys , When I read that poem it made me feel hungry.
    And I also loved it.

    from Savannah 🦄🐬😎😀😍

    • Hi Savannah, I hope you found something to eat and I’m happy you loved the poem! 🙂 Bye Alys

    • Me too Natalee – I think that’s what made it such fun to write!! Bye Alys PS: sorry this reply is so late – everyone here is sick!!!

  7. Hi, I usually eat what ever my mam give me. But I first choose the once i like most and then gradually goes to things i dont like. But I never waste food. Love your poem.

    • You sound extremely sensible and very grown up!! It’s always good to eat up your food and even those foods we don’t like very much 🙂 I never waste food either. Any leftovers go straight into my garden. Bye Alys

  8. I liked how the first and third lines rhymed and the second and fourth lines rhymed. I am quite a fussy eater but if I’m really hungry I will eat anything and this poem made me very hungry.

    • It’s great that you examined the rhyming structure of this poem Chomilka – there are so many different ways to write poetry. And I hope that you managed to find something to satisfy your hunger 🙂 Great comments!

    • Thank you, Thenumi. Actually I think most people are a little fussy. Food and taste is so very personal, isn’t it? Bye Alys

    • Hi again Fleur. I don’t think you’re alone in hating greens 🙂 Actually though, I really love them. Although I do love lolly pops and coco pops more!! But don’t tell my children…Bye Alys

  9. Hi Alys,
    This poem remind me of when my parents ask me to hurry up and finish my food. It’s annoying, but I like my vegies, I like fruits and specially bananas and strawberries, but I hate avocado. About the end, I would change it to her eating all the greens and vegetables except avocado.

    • Isn’t that the truth, Tirath?! Parents are always telling their children to hurry up and finish their food. I can remember telling both my children…And you don’t like avocado??? Wow. I looooove them. Maybe I can eat all the avocado while you eat all the strawberries? Bye Alys. PS: I love your alternative ending by the way 🙂

  10. Hi Alys,
    I love how your poems rhyme so much and it is true that some people that just don’t like some of the food listed in your poem. It is funny at the end when it says that the child wants to eat because he is hungry but the child has listed all the main things that people need in their diet so really he is making his mums cooking a whole lot harder to find something that he does like!

    From Ella!!

    • It’s good to hear that you like rhyming poems and you hit the nail on the head with your comments. Boy is it hard to cook for children. My two could be soooo fussy! I think that’s why it was such fun to write this poem. Instead of being cross it now makes me laugh. Bye Alys 🙂

  11. Hi Alys
    This poem reminded me of my fussy cousin in Sri-Lanka who doesn’t eat his greens. love all my fruits and veggies.
    My favourite fruit is Mango. My Favourite vegetable is cucumber.

    Regards Yenuli

    • Mango? Yes, I think mangoes are amazing fruits. I grew up in Scotland so I never even tried one until I arrived in Australia. My favourite fruit is raspberry and my favourite vegetable is sweet potato 🙂 Bye Alys

  12. Hi Alys

    I don’t always like to eat foods, sometime it matters on how it is cooked.
    I don’t always like meals because they something I don’t like, for example in soup I hate some vegetables same with pasta but with just cheese I like it.
    The poem makes me hungry.

    • I agree Tharinsa, it is very important how the food is cooked. Sometimes I prefer vegetables raw, for example cabbage. And I really love curries!! I hope the poem didn’t make you TOO hungry? 🙂 Bye Alys

  13. Hey Alys

    I like your vegetable poem it makes me hungry, and my favourite are vegetable is spinach, broccolie, and carrots.

    • They are all great vegetables to like Zaynab; healthy and delicious. I like it that my poem makes you hungry 🙂 Bye Alys

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