‘A leaf is just a beginning’ poem (after Mary McCallum)

dappled-annie  dappled-annie

I challenged you to write a poem using the first sentence of Mary McCallum’s delicious novel Dappled Annie and the Tigrish … as the first line of a poem.

Ewen has written a poem that is surprising. I love the way a leaf is like the start of things (a new page, a new life, a new tree, a new beginning). I especially like the last verse of this poem. I love the idea of this secret … it is like we always carry beginnings with us. Great job Ewen. Thanks to the kind Mary you will receive a signed copy of her book.

A leaf is just

the beginning

of your life,

showing you confusion

peace and strife.


Directing you left

or directing you right,

showing you the way

to the brightest light.


The leaf is kept

deep inside,

in the heart

where it can hide.


Ewen aged 11, Year 7, Cobham Intermediate School, Christchurch


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