Winter has been an extremely popular topic for poem writing. What a lot of poems arrived. How wonderful for me but it does mean lots of you missed out on being picked to be posted this time. I was especially delighted that some classes sent in bunch of poems (terrific poems from Hillcrest School and Karitane School). It shows how poetry is bubbling away in classrooms.
The poems that really caught my eye and ear had lines that sounded good, real detail and strong images. These things make your mouth water and your ears sing as you read.
Sometimes simplicity is gold in a poem. I have picked these children to send a LIANZA Book Award notebook to: Summer W, Trinity, William S and Emma C.
But you all deserve notebooks to write poems in!
Plus I was so delighted with the huge number of wonderful poems from Hillcrest School ( I could only post a few) I am sending them a copy of my book The Letterbox Cat and other Poems. Thank you!
Summer in Winter
As sun burns my face
as snow tickles my toes
I wonder what is life really all about.
Summer W Year 4, age 8 Karitane School
The winter art
With green, pink and blue cascading down
Into the ice
Once flowing down
The grey paint
Down a never ending canvas
Until light comes
To the painting
Emma C Age: 10 Selwyn House School
A Winter Hill
Everyday a winter hill is silent
And it is always winter there
I went to a winter hill once
It was as cold as snow
A winter hill loves it’s home
Animals live on winter hills
Polar beers eat plants that grow
The Winter Hills have secrets!
They do not say to the animals
When the grass dies
The winter hills start to fade
While the grass dies
The winter hills tell the animals
The secrets they have kept.
Trinity Aged 7. St Andrews College. Christchurch
My eyes shimmer and reflect in the crumbly frost
Little dwarf icicles, rest upon the damp grass
Substance on my feet travels throughout the room
Intense arctic chill, sending an icy storm through my feet
Like a piece of broken glass sitting in my hand
Dew breaks and crumples on the strips of land
Carys F, Room: 7 Age: 10 Hllcrest Normal School
Frozen yoghurt texture, when without sunlight
Rough feeling on my chilled fingers
On different types of nature’s objects
Sugar grain size, all clumped together
Tiny ice hairs, all in a group
Shimmery and slippery underneath my feet
Charlotte H Room: 7 Age: 10 Hillcrest Normal School
In the morning
Fierce, Freezing feet
unReasonably cold fingers
bOiling the jug for a hot chocolate
Shiny and crunchy plants
Tinted windows filled with ice
Luca H, Room: 7 Age: 10 Hillcrest Normal School
Warn heater that seems to attract my dog
In the car drinking hot drinks
No one wants to go outside
Tingling feeling in my nose from the winter frost
Eating a nice warm sausage after a wet game of rugby
Rainy day great for going to the movies
Finlay Shiels Room: 7 Age: 11 Hillcrest Normal School
The Blizzard Frost
Frost its frigid
It looks like sodium
Random shaped ice
If you eat it you won’t have a pleasant surprise
A relative of snow
Timothy Y Age 11 Room 7 Hillcrest Normal School
Snow falls during night
Whiter than the rose in the lawn
The children’s delight
Enya O Age 12 Year 8 Selwyn House School Christchurch
Winter means snow to me
when it falls on top of the bare branch trees
when it drops so slowly from the gray clouds
and sets softly on the ground
Niamh C Age 11 Selwyn House School Christchurch
Snowflakes are drifting like elegant ballerinas with frost covered trees behind them.
White clouds cover the sky,
the gods are cold.
Children ice-skate across the lake
with their parents…. everyone is happy.
Jenna H Year 4
Time to dress up
In warm gear
And build a big snowman
Or make snow Egyptians.
First it will be snow Egyptians
Then a big snowman.
Now I will make the snowman.
Two minutes later
I finished the snowman.
One minute later
The snowman melts so
I build a new one.
By William S Age: 7 years, St Andrews
I wake up to find
blurring the white grass
Outside it’s grey
dipping lower and lower,
layer upon layer
of clothes wrap
my breath is visible.
Gloves protect my hands,
but my face remains
red and exposed.
The sun resides
behind the clouds,
with slippery slopes
and a place
are a commonality.
Ewen W aged 12, Year 8, Cobham Intermediate School, Christchurch
Snow and frost covers the fields in a sparkly white blanket
The cows cuddle up in an airtight herd
horses rugged up.
Me and my brother run round the carpark
dogs hot on our heels.
Scraping frost off the windows,
enough for some snow balls.
BANG! CRASH! BOOM!
Snowballs fly everywhere
like seagulls dive bombing our heads.
We scamper inside
we look worse than the dogs.
Granny feeds us hot chocolate and toast
then sends us straight to the fire.
Brook H Year 6, age 10 Karitane School
Winter, where are you?
Winter, I do not see you.
I want to see your snow but it’s not here.
Winter, you are like an ice cream – as cold as snow
you are like an ice block – as cold as ice.
Can you find a tree and dress it with snow?
Why don’t you come?
Nikki L Year 4, age 8 Karitane School
I stand in the middle of the court
I hear the sea
or is it the wind?
I see the seagull glide in the wind
I feel the rain
I hear the rain
Bella F Year 5, age 9 Karitane School