Your ANZAC Day poems moved me, astonished me


I asked you to write an ANZAC Day poem and I was utterly delighted with how you took up this challenge. Some of you clearly did some research. Some of you thought about the shape of your poem on the page. Some of you found some terrific detail to make your poems come alive. All your poems moved me and astonished me so thank you. This makes all the work of my blog worth it.

I couldn’t post all the poems but I loved reading them all. So remember the first and best joy is always the joy of writing (that’s how it works for me anyway!)

I will post the link to these poems again on ANZAC Day.

Thanks to Scholastic I have a copy of the beloved classic, The Bantam and the Solider by Jennifer Beck and Robyn Belton to give away.You can see the review of the book here.

It was so hard to choose so I am going to cheat and give the copy to brother and sister, Gemma and Daniel, as I so loved their poems. I loved the way their poems came from their hearts but also used real detail. This took the poems to another level. I loved the way Gemma had a pattern that kept changing and Daniel included the taste of the biscuits. I liked the way the poems had feeling but they didn’t just use feeling words all the time.

Bravo all the young poets who sent in poems! You made my day.



I love Anzac biscuits

Because they are crumbly and tasty


But they remind me

That soldiers didn’t get many treats


I love Dawn Service

Because it’s an adventure


But it reminds me

That soldiers are important


It is good to remember

But it is sad to remember.

Daniel L, aged 5, Year 1, Adventure School, Wellington


We Will Remember

I wear these medals

I will remember


My Grandad wore these medals

He will remember


His Dad wore these medals

He can’t remember


His Dad earned those medals

He wouldn’t want to remember.

Gemma L, aged 8, Year 4, Adventure School, Wellington


Anzac Day

guns                     planes

trenches       helmets

boots     scared



Vann is in Year 3, Russley School [note from Paula, I love the shape of this poem as it is like the V sign for victory and for peace. It is a simple but very strong poem. Wonderful!]


Anzac Day

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Benjamin aged 8 Year 4 Home schooled [I love the way this poem looks like a medal!]


Anzac Day

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Charlotte aged 5 1/2 Year 1 Home schooled [this poem also looks like a medal!]


Russley School in Christchurch sent in a terrific bunch of Anzac poems. What makes your poems so alive and so moving is the real detail you have picked. What a great job you have done! I can see you have really thought about the day and it looks like you have done some research. I haven’t posted all your poems but I loved them all.

ANZAC Day Mood Poem

ANZAC DAY is red, orange, and black,

It tastes like salty beef and tears.

It smells like muddy latrines.

ANZAC day looks like dust and poppies

and dark muddy trenches.

The sound of guns firing, shooting

and grubby stomping


By Oliva F, age 8 Year Russley School


ANZAC Day Mood Poem

ANZAC day is brown like a muddy trench

It tastes like a tin of bully beef

It smells like smoke rising into the air

The sounds of guns firing is heard

ANZAC day makes me feel lucky

we are not having a war

By Sasha W, age 8yrs



ANZAC Day Mood Poem

ANZAC Day is dark

It tastes like cups of salt

It smells like gas and smoke

ANZAC Day looks grey

The sound of guns

ANZAC Day makes me feel blue

By Karim F, age 8



ANZAC Day is red and black

it tastes like bully beef and mustard and golden syrup

it smells like toadstools and smoke

ANZAC Day looks like explosions and people killing people

it sounds like explosions and guns

ANZAC day makes me tearful

Lucy C, age 7yrs



ANZAC Day is red and brown

It tastes like bully beef and jam

It smells like smoke and gun powder

ANZAC Day looks dark and gloomy

The sound of music

ANZAC Day makes me sad

Hannah M, age 7yrs


And this one also from Russley School:

Anna Boulton Anzac poem



1 thought on “Your ANZAC Day poems moved me, astonished me

  1. Pingback: some children’s poems for ANZAC DAY | Poetry Box

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