Ancient Egypt

Don’t Look Behind The Sofa

Poetic Beats

Welcome to this week’s edition of Poetic beats with Howard Bond and Davy D, recorded on the 30th of April 2018 on Red Kite Radio.

In this episode Davy D reads his poem, Don’t Look Behind The Sofa. The word Sofa is derived from the Arabic word, suffah, meaning bench. The first sofas were used in 2000BC by the Egyptian Pharaohs and are now a key part of modern day design and living.

Did you know over its lifetime a sofa will host around 782 visitors? If you want to know more amazing facts about the sofa then please listen to the show by pressing the arrow to the left of the sound bar below.

If you have difficulty listening to the programme a text version of the poem is included after the sound bar.




Don’t Look Behind The Sofa


Don’t look behind the sofa,

you never know what’s there.

A set of granny’s mouldy teeth

or an eight-foot grizzly bear?


Maybe one of dad’s cheesy socks,

a toffee you’ve forgotten.

Maybe a shiny one-pound coin

or tissues with lots of snot on (uurgh).


It’s dark behind the sofa

where giants go to grow,

where Zombles and Quadrillaks

have discos and who knows


about gremlins and goblins

who meet there every week,

and fairies and demons

who stop by to take a seat.


There’s another world behind your sofa

that comes to life while you sleep.

If you think you’re brave enough

creep downstairs tonight and peek.


© Davy D 2018