So many poems inspired by other poems. I loved reading them all so a huge thanks for sending them in. I couldn’t post them every onebut that doesn’t mean I didn’t love them all. Congratulations if I picked your poem this time, but if not, do send in more next time. It makes me do a jig you love writing poetry so much.
Daniel was inspired by AA Milne just as I was when I was little. I used to love reciting AA Milne poems when I was young and now I am old I still do! Ah! And I too love James K Baxter’s poems for children (Sam picked one!). And of course Margaret Mahy is a constant source of inspiration for me.
Thanks to the very wonderful Helen Parsons I have a copy of Baxter Basics to give to one lucky poet. I have picked Ruby from Lyttelton School. ‘Shake’ is stunning poem. I love each line. The images, the sounds and the flow. Congratulations.
Now I am Ten!
(A poem based on Now We Are Six by AA Milne)
When I was one, I had lots of fun
When I was two, there was lots to do
When I was three, I rode a jet ski
When I was four, I was poor for sure
When I was five, I danced the jive
When I was six, I ate weetbix
When I was seven, my brother was eleven
When I was eight, I was always late
When I was nine, I was right on time
Now I am ten, and I’m having fun again!
Daniel Age 6, Year 2, Adventure School
PS Greg O’Connell wrote the swimming underwater poem and Ruby and Ngaio go to Lyttelton School.
The wind is writing
what it knows
in lines along the water.
the sun is glaring
the trees are shaking
the cold temperatures
the land is still
calm in the midst
of the world’s chaos.
Ewen W aged 12, Year 8, Cobham Intermediate School, Christchurch
My poem was inspired by the last paragraph (which I made the first) of Laura Ranger’s ‘The Sea.’
Up in heaven
Up in heaven,
Angels frolic and play.
With dresses of pearly white spiderwebs.
And cream feathered wings.
Golden halos sit on their hair.
They carry golden harps,
And play melodies all day long.
But in a forgotten corner.
There’s an angel who’s lost her wings,
Dented her halo,
And broken her harp.
She sits in her corner,
The others have forgotten about her.
Maybe you could help her.
Find her wings,
Straighten her halo,
And fix her harp.
Then you can join her.
Up in heaven.
Inspired by the line ‘There’s an angel who’s lost her wings’ from the poem ‘There’s a Unicorn in the Garden’ by Peter Bland.
Isis 12 years old, Year 7. Selwyn House School
Olive wrote the Margaret Mahy poem.
Sam, Alex, Ventia, Bella and Olive go to Lyttelton School. This class sent in a bunch of terrific poems. I loved them all so it was hard picking just a few to post. Congratulations on all the great poetry work class. Great language, great ideas, great imagination!