See here for my other favourite epic women poems from around NZ. Awe -inspiring poetry!
Dear Ms Tayla Williams and Year 3 and 4 students
Thank you so much for sending in poems for my epic woman poem challenge. It looks like you had fun doing these because I had fun reading them.
I have decided to post them all! This has never happened before on my blog. I usually pick some from each school but you made it too hard for me. So I am doing a special Waitakere School post with your poems.
I loved the way you used your ears to listen to how a poem sounds.
I loved the way you hunted for fresh and fascinating similes that made me bounce off my chair and want to write my own poem.
I loved the way you showed an epic woman can be someone right next to us – our mums and our nanas and our aunts.
I loved the way you played with how many words go on a line because that changes the music of a poem. Sometimes you can try doing it in one poem so you keep mixing it up as you write like a musician.
Congratulations on your magnificent poetry. I have a copy of Laura Ranger’s book Laura’s Poems (it was published when she was a girl) for your school library so you can all get inspired by it. It is now out-of-print!
I also loved your recording of your group epic women poem. You can here it here.
Your poems gave me a warm glow!
I also have a copy of Barbara Else’s Go Girl book for Brianna. This is not a competition but I do like to share books around when I set challenges.
t h e p o e m s
We wrote about our epic mums using similes to describe them (inspired by Laura Ranger’s ‘Mum’)
Her hair is like dripping dark chocolate.
Her hugs are as warm as a winter blanket.
Her personality is as sweet as sugar.
Her glasses are as black as the midnight sky.
Her love for me is as strong as a polar bear.
I love her infinity times around the world and back.
Her hair is as dark as chocolate.
Her cuddles are as warm as hot chocolate.
Her eyes are as blue as the shiny ocean reef.
Her love for me is as beautiful and powerful as her heart beat.
Her kisses are as sweet as colourful candy canes.
Her skin is as soft as a fluffy blanket.
My mum’s smile is like a sparkly diamond.
My mum’s red lips are as red as a rose.
She’s as smart as a dolphin.
She loves me as much as she loves nature.
Her hair is like black whittaker’s chocolate.
Her eyes are like a green forest.
Her nose is silky.
Her glasses are as spotty as a leopard.
Her hands are as soft as a dog.
I love my mum around the galaxy 400 million times and back.
She is as flexible as a rubber band.
Her hair is as soft as a white, fluffy, sparkly bunny.
She loves to read like a reading superhero.
She loves to wear lots of jewellery.
Her eyes are like sparkly hazelnuts.
I love my mum
55 million times around the world.
- Zoe H
Her eyes are like sparkling blue diamonds.
Her hair is like burning ashes in a crackling fire.
Her hands are firm like stiff cow fur.
She sleeps in like a sleepy stubborn sloth.
She’s warm like a fluffy blanket.
Her baking is as good as a french baker.
I love my mum and she loves me back one million times.
My mum, her hair is as gold as pirate’s golden treasure.
My mum’s glasses are as clear as a diamond waterfall.
My mum’s eyes are a blue pool of running river.
My mum is as nice as a cuddly, fluffy cat.
My mum’s perfume smells as gorgeous as colourful candyfloss.
My mum’s hair is as red as blood like veins.
My mum’s glasses are as clear as a waterfall.
My mum’s eyes are brown like the sand.
My mum’s cuddles are as warm as a bear.
My mum is as beautiful as a butterfly.
My mum’s love is as strong as a tsunami.
I love my mum a trillion times around the world.
I love my mum so so much.
My mum is as familiar as my dog Axil.
My mum’s hair is as white as the clouds.
My mum’s lips are as red as poppies and are soft like a soft cat.
My mum’s hugs are as strong as a bear surprise.
My mum’s love is as strong as a tsunami.
I love my mum infinity times around the sun.
Her hair is as wild as a frisky swedish vallhund.
Her eyes are like shining blue diamonds.
She is as ferocious as a wild lion.
She signs as well as Michael Jackson.
I love my mum infinity times around the world.
My mum’s hair is black like the night in the darkest hour.
My mum’s smile is like candy.
My mum is tall like a tree, tall and strong.
My mum’s love for me is like world war two.
My mum is smart like a scientist.
My mum’s hair is as dark as a chocolate fish.
Her eyes are twinkly like a diamond in the sky.
Her cuddles are like a soft teddy bear.
Her hands are as soft as cat fur.
My mum’s eyes are like gold ferns sparkling
And she dances like roses blowing in the wind.
She is as clever as an owl sitting in an old rusty tree.
She loves horses as much as i love toys.
Her hair is like golden silk.
My mum is as strong as a racing bear and as wise as an owl.
When she hugs me i feel safe inside.
Her eyes are a deep pool of chocolate.
I love my mum a million light years away.
Her hair blows in the wind like fifty billion roses in the wind.
Her black glasses are as bright as the galaxy.
She is as bright as a butterfly.
We wrote about a busy (epic) woman we know, playing with how many words on a line?
Super duper busy Ms Atkinson
With massive piles of paperwork,
Her fierce exhaustion grows on,
Searching super schools for ideas,
Constantly checking calm clever classes,
Hurriedly searching top-bottom for paperwork,
She is extra extremely occupied
Organising teacher meetings everywhere, everyday
She’s calmly always driving everywhere,
Helpfully helping, running the school,
Showing excited, enchanted visitors around.
She’s an awesome Nana.
She keeps bees to
Make honey and she
Uses the honey to
Make money so she
Doesn’t lose all her money.
My busy nanny cooks dinner,
Babysits me and my cousins,
Looks after the amazing pets,
Works at the grand home.
Drives to dancing every tuesday,
Knits clothes that are warm,
Looks after the house crazily,
Blooms flowers and plants trees.
Runs around crazily in supermarkets.
She loves me so much!
My hardworking Nana
Feeds greedy children,
Washes dirty dishes dishes.
Cleans multicoloured clothes,
A keen gardener.
Bakes delicious cakes.
Super sonic granny
Amazing house cleaner
Bakes yummy food
Vacuums the floor
Feeds hungry pets.
Girl archeologists are busy
Busily polishing dazzling gems
Madly sips strong lemonade
Munches cheese & bacon toasties
Amazingly soaks fossilized fossils
Drives honda safari jeeps
Shovels rock hard sandstone
She is awfully famous
Examines old reptile bones.
Awesome amazing aunty
Bakes delicious cakes
Scrubs dirty dishes
Folds clean washing
Walks the dog
Feeds hungry children.
My busy nana bakes cakes calmly
She gardens til dark cutting petals
Travels around the world missing me
Scatters through the sloppy dishes madly
Drives truck to electrical shop.
Dinner’s on the table by 5 o’clock
Emails the people that need help
Builds things for me and my sister
She multitasks every day and night
She goes out for dinner sometimes
And sometimes she even takes me.
Busy nan owns kindergarten
Hunts for white bait
Feeds the generous family.
Babysits the children
Buys the healthy groceries
Makes scrumptious apple crumble
Scrubs the dirty dishes.
Gardens til pitch dark
Sketches pro detailed drawings
Dances like Michael Jackson
She is so busy
She still loves me.
A busy woman i know…
Shares crispy chocolate chip cookies,
Cooks soft, delicious carrot meals,
Makes soft, snuggly, silky beds,
Drives to treat filled toyshop,
Fills bread with delicious fillings,
Irons t-shirts, pants and teatowels.
Believes in god and loves him
Calmly sews jumpers fast,
Angrily fixes shirts,
Loves going to church,
Loves reading the bible.
Likes very old music,
Likes taking my photo,
Her baking is delicious,
She loves kissing me.
She loves baby sitting.
My awesome aunty
From english culture
Really good driver
Super fun aunty
Best uncle boyfriend
Super amazingly strong
Mega shopping master
Humongous big thighs.
Awesome busy nan
Bakes yummy dinner.
Folds clean washing.
Scrubs dirty dishes.
Enjoys food shopping.
Loves travelling places.
Super epic nan
Sells wonderful jewellery
Loves me everyday
Cooks lovely tea
Makes delicious milo
Walks lots streets
Baby sits babies
Watches tv tons.
Feeds squealing chubby pigs,
Walks the active dog,
Builds big chicken pens,
Gardens like a madman,
Cooks the yummiest cakes,
Goes shopping for treats,
Scrubs dirty damaged dishes,
Pet sits the chickens,
Travels the wide world,
Walks long, long walks.
My busy nana
Washes dirty dishes
Folds clean clothes
Makes messy beds
Walks excited dogs.
My nana is busy,
Busy indeed. She will
Make a phone call,
Wink, and come dressed
In pink. She will
Sew and sew. Give
Her a needle and…
She’ll be done like a
Pro. She will bake
A delicious cake, that
You’ll think it’s fake.
And then she will
Dance and prance in
And out of doorways,
Begging me to join her.
Busy hardworking Ms Atkinson
Her exhaustion grows on
Searching for lost paperwork,
Rushing around like buffalos,
Galloping on with work.
Organising meetings 5 mins flat,
Constantly driving everywhere,
(Almost blowing her top)
Constantly checking clever classes,
She must be exhausted!
Wonder if help’s needed?