Where do you get your ideas from?

I get my ideas from other children, working in schools, observation, my own childhood, wordplay, other writers. Colin McNaughton wrote a lovely poem about a robot who dies and obviously it's "Rust in peace" at the end so we were thinking about our own ending and our own poem about a gerbil who comes to an untimely end, squashed between the covers of a trouser press which ends "Poor old pet with a permanent crease/Gerbil Gerry pressed in peace."

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