Children write from the Earthquake: ‘Earthquaked Animals’ and ‘Mother Nature’s Wrath’

The other day I invited children experiencing quake shudders in New Zealand to write some poems. I have posted the invitation below in case you are in the mood to write. I will be sending out some comfort book packs.

 

Gemma and Daniel sent this letter and their poems in this morning:

 

Hi Paula

Here are Daniel’s and my earthquake poems.  It has certainly been an exciting time with shakes and floods and tornadoes.  But now we are feeling a bit over it and exhausted!

Thank you for giving us the chance to write about it.  Daniel has been writing lots about the earthquake because it really helps him.

From Gemma (and Daniel)

 

 

Earthquaked Animals

 

Stranded cows surf on a new island

Sheep gone forever

A colony of seals looks for a new home

Dazed dogs lost and confused

Hens keep their eggs to themselves

Birds refuse to sing

 

And at my house

A little cat is glued to my side

Pointed ears up

Eyes glowing like headlamps

 

By Daniel L, age 8, Adventure School, Whitby

 

 

 

Mother Nature’s Wrath

 

Mother Nature

Enraged by how we treat our earth

Shakes us like a milkshake

Trying to make us understand

Then she cries

Her tears flood the broken earth

She sighs in desperation

Her breath tears trees from their roots

Her fury not finished

Until we have been put firmly in our place

 

By Gemma L, age  10, Adventure School, Whitby

 

 

 

Writing from the Earthquake

You might write about the sounds, what moved, what it reminded you of. You might write about something good that happened like I did (see below). You might try writing a really really small poem or a longer poem with lots of details.

You might want to write about something else to take your mind off things like shudders and storms.

send to paulajoygreen@gmail.com Include name age year school. I will have The Letterbox Cat for some children and a comfort packs  of books for others (books are comforting too!). I will post some on NOW ON and during the following weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You might write about the sounds, what moved, what it reminded you of. You might write about something good that happened like I did (see below). You might try writing a really really small poem or a longer poem with lots of details.

 

You might want to write about something else to take your mind off things like shudders and storms.

You just might not be in the mood. That’s ok!

 

send to paulajoygreen@gmail.com Include name age year school. I will have The Letterbox Cat for some children and a comfort packs  of books for others (books are comforting too!). I will post some on Friday 18th November and during the following weeks.

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