‘Sweet Dream’ is a tribute to the wonderful character of Charlie Bucket. Roald Dahl created him. However, it’s the depiction of Charlie by Peter Ostrum that this week’s poem focuses on, in the classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971). If you’ve never seen the movie, now is a perfect time. Although it’s not a Christmas movie per say, it certainly has that magical, festive feeling to it!
How Charlie Bucket went from nought to all
involved a lot of fun along the way;
there were the Oompa-Loompas, three feet tall
and so much more on Charlie’s magic day . . .
A river made from chocolate, rich and brown,
the room with fizzy gas that makes you float
and the egg-hatch that Veruca falls down —
whilst Violet undergoes blueberry bloat!
The rules were broken many, many times,
which meant that there were consequences paid;
those wretched children and their selfish crimes
meant real children viewing were afraid
The happy ending always makes you beam
as you see Charlie reach his own sweet dream!
All words by Benjamin Francis Cassidy
Illustration by L. A. Cassidy
If you’re a fan of Roald Dahl’s work, you may well want to watch Roald and Beatrix: The Tale of the Curious Mouse (2020). Our review of that movie is available to read — but it’s best to watch it first, if you’re planning to. This week’s poem is the first to celebrate the much loved works of the author. Be sure to look out for more in the future. Next week, we’ve the first festive special for you, dear readers!