Have you ever tried making up a riddle? Here’s a riddle you may know: ‘
I go round the world but stay in the corner. What am I?’
Answer: a postage stamp.
That idea of doing one thing ‘but’ seeming to do something that is an opposite, is called a ‘paradox’. Remember that!
Now, imagine you are that postage stamp and ask yourself some questions and answer them:
What can I see?
What can I hear?
What do I like most?
What do I hate?
What am I jealous of?
What do I wish for?
What do I dream about?
After you’ve answered these questions, on one line after another, you can put in the ‘paradox’.
That riddle is now a kind of poem.
Now, forget the postage stamp, and do it with any other object you know: a clock, a chair, a beach, a railway station, a bus, a football…and so on.
This time you’ll have to make up the paradox.
Now read it out to your family or your class and see if they can ‘get’ it!