Some of my favourite small poems

Wow! What a lot of small poems arrived in my email box from all over New Zealand.  Thank you! I could tell you all loved playing with words for this challenge.


Remember  … poetry is all about P L A Y

and there are no set  R U L E S!


It was so hard picking a few to post because I loved them all. So inventive, so musical, so imaginative, so thoughtful, so image-strong, so mysterious, so moody, so chewy, so GOOD to read.

I have tried to pick a bundle of poems that are all different!

I will send a book to Olevia and Lily Jean at Richmond Road School and Bhumi at Marshall Laing Primary School. Remember this is a challenge to spark your writing not a competition – and I just share a few books each time because I love sharing books.


You might like to look back at my Gecko post and hunt for the two secret challenges.  I have two Gecko books to give away (thank you Gecko Press!). I WON’T BE READING YOUR POEMS UNTIL MAY, so if I were you, I’d wait to send them and read them again. Listen to your poem after a week or so and see what needs changing.


Tomorrow I will post the April/May challenge.


S o m e      s m a l l      p o e m s:



The Moon
A single
light shines
in the
pitch black,
night sky

Emily, age 12, Year 8, Selwyn House School


Slowly growing and uncurling,
An artwork in itself

Finn, Ilam Primary School Year 6 Age 10


My Snuggly

My snuggly

Has as many

Holes as a minefield

And red strings

Hanging from the corners

Like balloon strings.

William Age: 9 years Year 5, St Andrews College, Christchurch


Family Tree

family is
like a tree.
Our branches
grow in
directions, our
roots remain
as one.

Lily-Jean  age 10 Samoan unit at Richmond Rd School



As hot as burning ash.
As wild as an erupting volcano.
The smell is like burning rubber.

Silvano  Samoan unit at Richmond Rd School



The horseshoe

Rusted into darkness

Slowly fading, flaking off piece by piece

metal dying.

Jenna Year 7, St Andrew’s College




One day I

was staring at

a river, then

the Sun shone

into my eyes.

Tilly, age 8, Selwyn House School, Christchurch



Just Wondering…

I wonder

If on the tundra

You need a bandana

Like on the savannah?


I wonder

If a tundra

Is a savannah

In disguise?

Gemma  L Age 11 Year 7, Adventure School





Jada  Samoan unit at Richmond Rd School




The moon looks at his river reflection. He frowns.

By Ruby Age: 8 years, Selwyn House School, Christchurch



Snorkeling Bay

Under the sea
I watch a hoki
polish a paua shell
until it shines like stained glass.

Joshua 12yrs Medbury School, Christchurch




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My Cat Moose

A ragdoll named Moose,
asleep on the couch.
Outside it’s a bright sunny day,
rolling this way then that,
a mixture of white and

Sofia N, Year 6, Age 10, Westmere School



The Jumping Door

A door jumped up the hill
It ripped over a rock
That sent it
Into the air.

 Brian H, 6 years, Ilam School



breeze. Palm
trees. Waves roll
in and

Rita P, Year 6, Age 10, LS7 Westmere School


The Rain
The rain
pattered loudly
on the
roof all
night. Now
we awake
to the
sun shining

Emily Cox, Selwyn House School, Age: 12 Year: 8



The arrival of night

Wave of night
Light so slight
Stars’ bright rays
Not to stay
Day comes again
Night’s at its end

Frank Age: 10  Ilam School



The Fall

Shoe lace.
Shoe lace race.
Trip, fall,

Hugo M, Year 6, Age 10, Westmere School



Mountain Sunrise

The golden, pink sunrise,
creeps up behind the mountain,
making the snow, gleam pink.

Kate Gourley Age: 11 Year: 8, Selwyn House School




Bone-chilling dark.
Snow, skiing, scary.
Casserole, duvet,

Stan U, Year 6, age 10, Westmere School




As the
shining light
creeps through
the leaves,
I wake.

Honor age 9, Selwyn House School



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Jasmine, Age 10, Gladstone School




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Daniel Age 8, Year 4, Adventure School


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By Bhumi, age 9, Year 5, Marshall Laing Primary School




over a bump
through the air
the pond

Paris T, 12, year 8, Carmel College.




Falling leaves.
Gold falling leaves.
Crispy leaves…

Indiko K, Year 6, Age 10, Westmere School



The Tree

Minty green leaves,
Flutter in the wind,
Falling onto the grass.

Sina, age 9,  Fendalton Open Air



My Pillow
Fluffy and soft
to sleep
drifting off

By Aimee B Age 9, Year 5, Stanmore Bay School



They trot and plot
in vigorous ways
they run and eat
all through the day.

By Maddison W Age 9, Year 5, Stanmore Bay School



twisting and dancing
in some ways they’re prancing.

By Ella K, Age 9, Year 5, Stanmore Bay School



Shooting Star
flying over the
sparkling sea
Then it was gone.

By Xanthee A Age 9, Year 5, Stanmore Bay School


The Shoes

The lace shoes shine bright where they stand

The emerald buttons beautiful as gold

Hopefully they’ll be found.

By Emily, age 8, St Andrews School


Tip toe

Howling wind
Dancing light beams
Trembling hands
Eerie silence disguising the night…

By Michaella, Carmel College




Sprinting, splashing,
Through the mud,

Slipping, landing,
Through the mud,

Rustling, crunchy,
Crispy leaves,

Drinking water,
From the streams.

Phyllis Age:12  Year:8 Carmel College


The Campfire

Fire flickered
Children shone with joy
Voices danced
Along with the night
The campfire would forever
Be in their hearts

Alex W Age: 12 Year Level: Year 8, Carmel College



May sadness be less
and happiness be more,
but nothing but your dreams
sail through your door.

Olevia age 9 Samoan Unit Richmond Road School


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