June Poetry Box Challenge: Snake and Lizard poems


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To celebrate the arrival of a new Snake and Lizard book by Joy Cowley and Gavin Bishop I challenged you to write Snake and Lizard poems. Gecko Press very kindly gave me a copy to give to one young poet.  Thank you!

I loved reading these! I really loved the slumbering mood in Phoebe‘s poem! How sometimes there is not much going on but they still the best of friends.


I really loved the wavy lines in Sina‘s poem and her bright similes that leapt into my eye! This poem sizzles when you read it out loud.


I really liked the little stories in Noor‘s two poems. The way friends might argue and like different things but still be best friends. Noor showed so beautifully how simple can work well in a poem.

Daniel‘s poem took me places because I thought it was going to have sad ending .. but  .. well … read it yourself! So yes  this poem had a bit of tension! I loved it!


Iona‘s poem had a simile that really struck  me – it is to do with cake ingredients. Read it and see how deliciously rich it is!

And Sophie’s poem made me laugh out loud because her imagination leaped and leapt as the snake hisssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssed! Genius! Love the playful use of s sounds.

As you can imagine it was too hard to pick which poet to send the book, so I put the names in a hat and picked:  Phoebe


Joy Cowley sent this lovely letter to let you know how much she enjoyed your poems:


Dear poets,

These poems are are full of energy and feeling expressed in delicious words. I wanted to devour them like liquorice all sorts. Thank you for sharing them with me.

love, Joy Cowley




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Phoebe, Year 3, Lyttelton Primary School, 8 years old


Snake and lizard,

Lizard eyes as yellow as wrapping paper,
Through a hidden temple,

Snake eyes as green as lime,
From behind a wavy tower,

Their eyes lock,
A scaly lizard shape scurries,
Over the thick icy snow,

Pathways open,
Fences unlock,

The two worlds of snake and lizards have become one.


Sina A,  age 9, Fendalton Open Air School



Poem 1 Best friends
“No we’re not, no we’re not, no we’re not!”
“Yes we are, yes we are, yes we are!”
‘Let’s break the wall down.”
“No, No, No, No!”
“Let’s have some cake.”

Poem 2
Snake wants to be a centipede
Lizard wants to be a fire dragon
But to stay friends
Stay themselves
forever friends

Written by Noor, almost 6, Raumati School


What Do Friends Do

Snake slithered

So did lizard

Doing things that friends do.


Snake ate

Lizard’s mate

Is that what friends do?


In the end

They were still friends

That is what friends do.


Daniel, age 8, Year 4, Adventure School


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Iona, Year 4, Lyttelton Primary School, 8 years old

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Sophie,  Year 4, Lyttelton Primary School, 8 years old

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