The hat-instead-of-a-cat poem
If I wore a cat instead of a fluffy hat
I would sneeze and sniffle
but if I had a hat in the cat basket
it wouldn’t ask me for biscuits
with a terrifying catOwail
and a frightful tabbyhOwl
before the pink light of dawn.
Dear young poetry fans
This is the last poetry challenge for 2018.
I might do secret popUP challenges over summer with giveaway books and a quick turn around.
But to end the year I want to celebrate the MAGNIFICENT writing of Margaret Mahy – her books and her poems, her characters and her delicious imagination.
I was inspired to do this when St Francis School sent in poems based on Margaret’s A Summery Saturday Morning poem.
The GREAT RUMBUSTaROLLaCOASTINGHUMbaKITEaFLYINaBUZZaPOETRYSHINING
Margaret Mahy POEM challenge:
Write a poem that steps off from a Magaret Mahy
one of her titles
or word she invented
or tricky situation she came up with
or first line of a poem
Your poem can be or do ANYTHING!
Get imaginations BUzzING
Use your EARS and listen out for MUSIC
You might do a very short poem!
PLAY with everything – especially how many words on a line
try RHYME play and hiding rhyme like salt and PEPPER
PLAY with how it LOOKS on the page/screen
you can illustrate your poem if you want
HOT TIP: DON”T SEND ME THE POEM THE DAY YOU WRITE IT
KEEP IT FOR A DAY OR SO AND REREAD IT FIRST
Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: FRIDAY 30th November
Please include: your name, age, year and name of school
So I don’t miss it: Put MAHY poem in subject line
I will post SOME on: Monday December 3rd