Itchy Feet

My mum has got this problem,
That the doc can’t seem to treat.
It’s a tickly scratchy problem,
It’s a problem with her feet.

She tells me that they’re itchy,
And the itch won’t seem to go;
I’ve tried to help by scratching
Both her soles and all her toes.

The scratching doesn’t seem to help,
I don’t know what to do.
Dad says the answer may be found
In Prague or Kathmandu…



This poem is written in response to the prompt write a poem inspired by a figure of speech that could be confusing to a child – I’m not sure if the term ‘itchy feet’ is used internationally? In the UK we use it to mean you are tired of your current location.


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16 Responses to Itchy Feet

  1. colonialist says:

    Great fun!
    A familiar term here, too, indicating a temporary or permanent desire to travel. My wife suffers from the condition.


  2. words4jp says:

    this is a very, very clever piece of writing.


  3. jfb57 says:

    What great piece of fun!! Love it!


    • PookyH says:

      Thank you Julia! I have this sort of conversation with Lyra and Ellie often. Nothing like a pair of four year olds to make you appreciate how odd the words and phrases you so often use are.


  4. pandoratears says:

    And Paris ? I’m crying 😀


  5. Charlie Alford says:

    One of my favourites. It must have been exported to Australia as it’s common here too. I often get ‘itchy feet’ too 🙂


  6. Clever! I think the saying is used here but I am permanently confused as to which language I’m speaking – English or American. Himself suffers with itchy feet. Also cabin fever. Not quite the same thing, just a desire to get out of the house (or whatever we are living in at the time).


  7. Very clever poem Pooky! Xx


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