Beware of the Trolls – Poems from Simply Modern Life by Claire Baldry

Today I am very pleased to share a poem with you entitled Beware of the Trolls from the new book Simply Modern Life by author Claire Baldry.

With the exception of children’s books, I haven’t read any poetry since school and I must say it was such a refreshing change. This book is full of humourous, and sometimes tragic, rhymes about everyday life including school, medicine and technology. Some are even to be sung along to the tunes of songs of old.  A definite nod towards how things have changed with a satirical slant.  I really enjoyed this book and thought it would make a lovely gift for friends and family of a certain age. And it wasn’t just the poems that appealed, this book is quirkily illustrated by Amber Gee.

troll ogre sitting on rocks at a computer screen keyboard

Beware of the Trolls

They like to jab a needle in a touchy place,
An online provocation right against your face,
They seek your darkest corners and invade your souls,
They are nasty, wormlike phantoms, called the internet trolls

They post a ghastly picture, then they disappear,
Swamp your page with troubles and invade your fear,
They tunnel under virtual ground, sneaky facebook moles,
They are shadows in your backyard, called the internet trolls

They gather several emails so can change their name,
This lets them work in secret, they can hide their shame,
You’ll hardly ever spot them, as they chase their goals,
They are damaged friendless beings, called the internet trolls

So children, in your nightmares, filled with thoughts you dread,
Be grateful for the monsters underneath your bed,
They will teach you self- protection and will keep you whole,
For the time you meet a demon, called the internet troll.

Simply Modern Life is available from 28th August 2018.

troll sitting at computer screen on book cover
About the Author: Former Headteacher and English Advisor, Claire Baldry, lives on the East Sussex coast with her husband, Chris. Claire has already published four booklets of amusing poetry, an autobiographical novella, and her debut novel about love in later life entitled ‘Different Genes’.  Claire is the creator of the popular website ‘Books for Older Readers’. This promotes books with themes which tend to appeal to readers in mid-life and beyond.

Claire has a very regular schedule of engagements as a speaker and light-hearted performance poet. Her latest poetry booklet ‘Simply Modern Life’ is a collection of her most recent poetry.

lady sitting at desk with books and picture
Thanks to Claire for sending me this excerpt to share with you all.



@ClaiBal @matadorbooks

17 thoughts on “Beware of the Trolls – Poems from Simply Modern Life by Claire Baldry

  1. I knew I recognised the name – I reviewed “Different Genes” on my blog some time ago and was moved as adopted myself. Did not know about the poems – made me wonder if there are stories for children that promote Internet savvy from an early age #Blogtober19

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