Ordinary things make extra-ordinary poems …. Have a go!

Lots of poets pick a really ordinary thing (something we all have but don’t notice that much) and write a poem that makes that thing shine in a new light.

H a v e    a    g o!

1. Pick an ordinary object (a thing) like a toaster, an electric jug, a shoe, a chair, a broom, a pencil, coloured pencils, a toothbrush, a cup, your lunch box ……

2. Write down as many words that tells me what it looks like.

3. Write down some good verbs (doing words) that tell me what it does. How many verbs can you find?

4. Collect words for the sounds it makes. You may have to make words up!

5. Can you find some cool similes for this thing.

6. What does thing remind you of? Is there an animal like this in any way?

7 Write a poem about it using no more than 12 words.

8. Write a longer poem. Think about how many words you will put on each line. Listen! You can mix it up.


You can enter your poem in the Eye-Poem Challenge.

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


Send to paulajoygreen@gmail.com. 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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