‘Some butterflies are see-through
with wings like panes of glass’
from Secret World of Butterflies by Courtney Sina Meredith and Giselle Clarkson
(Allen & Unwin 2018)
This month I am using the most beautiful butterfly book as the starting point for your challenge.
If you live in Auckland you might be able to go and see the butterfly exhibition at Auckland Museum. Or you might be able to track down this book that has just arrived in the world all sheeny and new.
Poet Courtney Sina Meredith has come up with the sweet flowing words, Giselle Clarkson has created the vibrant illustrations and the Museum has provided fascinating facts.
It is a treasure of a book that is a delight to read and a delight to look at it.
I love butterflies. Whenever a monarch butterfly turns up in our garden I get goosebumps.
So let’s brighten up the chilly bite of July with butterfly poems.
I will read them all near the end of the month, post some favourites on July 31st and have a book for at least one poet.
Some writing tips
collect a big bunch of butterfly words before you start writing (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs) and a bouquet of similes
try writing a poem using no more than 16 words or so
use your senses to bring the butterfly alive
strong detail can shine
use a fascinating fact as a starting point
tell a little poem butterfly story
use a real experience
make a butterfly poem that looks or moves like a butterfly
read your poem to someone before you send it to me – what will make it even better?
deadline: July 30th
send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
include: your name, age, year, school
essential: put butterfly poem in subject line so I don’t miss it