stop still for a moment and look

This month we are using our EYES as a tool when we write poems.

As a poet I like to stop still in the world and look. I collect things with my poetry net and save them for a poem. DETAIL can make a poem come alive.

You can use lots of detail (like a rich Christmas cake) or just a few details that shine out. Both can WORK!


Find a place to stop still and LOOK for five minutes.

You could LOOK out the window (if you are in Christchurch what a storm you will l see! I will give you all virtual hug if you are cold and without power!)

You could go outside and sit somewhere and LOOK.

Go into your garden and sit on the grass and LOOK at the sky.

You could go into a room in your house and LOOK. Or your classroom.

When you go on an outing (to the zoo, the beach, a park, a mountain, a river,  the city, the library, the shops or anywhere else) STOP still for a few minutes and LOOK.

Then THEN then THEN then THEN then THEN Then THEN then THEN then THEN then THEN

Write down all the BIG things things you can SEE

Write down all the LITTLE things things you can SEE

Hunt for words that tell me what the BIG things LOOK like

Hunt for words that tell me what the LITTLE things LOOK like

Use your EYES to find lots of DETAIL


Now try writing a poem but use only 15 words or so. You will have to choose carefully.

Now try writing another poem and use as many words you like. If I read the poem, I will be able to LOOK at what you see.



You can send these in for the eye-poem challenge.

DEADLINE for your Eye-Poem Challenge: Thursday March 27th

Send to Include your name, year, age and name of school. You can include your teacher’s name and email. PLEASE say it’s for the eye-poem challenge.

I will post my favourites and have a book prize for one poet.  




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