John Rice is a poet, storyteller and performer who tours England visiting schools as a writer in residence

The Cry-Babies that Live in the Sun



When the Satsuma sun rises on a soft summer morning

the Cry-Babies are tearful:

“Phew, phew! Too hot, too hot! I want the sun to set!” they howl.


When the sallow sun sets on a wild winter evening

the Cry-Babies are snivelling:

“Brrr, brrr! Too cold, too cold! I want the sun to rise!” they bawl.


Silly little Cry-Babies! Don’t know what they want.

Darkness, lightness…coldness, warmness…happiness, sadness.

“Yes! Yes! That’s what we want! All them! All them!”

Cry-Babies…huh!



John Rice


The author encourages parents, teachers and librarians to read the poems to children and young people. However, the poems are copyright John Rice 2014 and cannot be reproduced without the express permission of the author.

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