Funny Little People

by Rosie Bramwell

Funny little people, doing funny little things, like

Funny little people, filing gently into a stadium

Funny little people standing up, folding their seats to let strangers waddle to their own

Funny little people queuing politely, not pushing or shoving or rushing to enter

Funny little people waving their arms in unison, following the lead of others around them

Funny little people rising to create a Mexican wave across the three levels of the stadium

Funny little people cheering the other levels on when it wasn’t their turn

Funny little people clapping for the strangers pulled on stage

Funny little people chatting to neighbours they had never previously met

Funny little people laughing and cheering when someone danced for one of the cameras

Funny little people dancing together like friends reuniting

Funny little people crying in welcome to four artists they had probably never met

Funny little people singing as if the people next to them couldn’t hear them

Funny little people crying for a stranger who sang for their late friend

Funny little people waving at each other from a distance

Funny little people flashing the lights on their phones to signal to friends

Funny little people taking photos together

Funny little people helping each other find the station

Funny little people guiding each other onto the right platforms

Funny little people making space for one another on the carriages

Funny little people making conversation on where they came from, and where they’re going

Funny little people sharing which songs were their favourite

Funny little people all wishing for their beds

Funny little people, doing funny little human things

Funny little people, who remind me that the world is not always a bad place

©Rosie Bramwell, 2023

This poem was longlisted as part of the Kinship: Poems Exploring Belonging project. Click here to find out more about the project, and other poems on the longlist here.


Concepts of belonging and community have constantly evolving definitions, and have been at the centre of fierce debate in recent years. The first twenty-three years of the new millennium have seen a rise in rhetoric aimed at those without the voice to argue back, and waves of toxic abuse have proliferated – and genocide. How relevant, then, to unite and raise our voices, to celebrate the rich tapestry of humanity, and to explore the labels we use to identify and express ourselves.

Kinship is a poetry anthology that seeks to provide a platform for marginalised voices, and to celebrate the great diversity and rich variation in the identities of people from around the world and from a huge cross-section of walks of life.

Click here for the anthology of shortlisted poems.