List poems are such fun to write and are the perfect opportunity to play with words.
List poems can have set patterns but you can play with the pattern. List poems often sound really good when you read them out loud because they can have great rhythm. Some list poems come alive with delicious rhyme. List poems often surprise you but some list poems can make you laugh or remember things that put a smile on your face.
I had such fun reading all your list poems it was hard picking my favourites. You all did an amazing job. So bravo to you! It was such a popular challenge I think we will do it again later in the year.
Sam S from Ohaupo School has already been a winner on Poetry Box but his list poem, ‘Life is Trouble’ ticked all the right boxes for me. Poems come alive with great detail and Sam was an expert at finding great examples of things going wrong. I loved the way the poem changes track at the end and surprises you (not that poems always have to do this!). The poem sounds really good too. Great job Sam. I will send you a copy of my book Flamingo Bendalingo thanks to Auckland University Press.
Life is trouble
When I do something wrong
When I flip off my bike
When my guinea pig died
When my sister is bossy
When I flew off the flying fox
When I get stuck in a fight
When I bang my toe on the door
When I get a whooper cold
When I got my warts freezed off
When I see something funny
By Sam S 8yr Year 4 Ohaupo School
Skye hasn’t written your usual list poem with a set pattern but as a list of things happening at a race it works magnificently! I love the pace, the tension, the sound, the rhythm, the words chosen. Great job Skye!
The gun goes
The splash comes
on the line
I skipped back
Skye. Aged 8, Year 4, Redcliffs School.
Ewen sent in three list poems but this was my favourite. The poem really makes the clothes come alive — from the ones she loved to the ones that weren’t so good to wear! This poem also has great detail and has a great ending! Great job Ewen.
Clothes of inheritance
The grubby size six Popeye shirt
that I had two of.
The mickey mouse t-shirt and shorts
that I used to wear as pyjamas.
The blue and orange skate boarding top
that I couldn’t recall wearing.
The navy blue denim jacket
that made me feel all stiff.
The orange and black pants
that were prickly and hairy.
The browny grey jeans
that were so prodigious.
The dull red shirt
that was as thick as snow.
These inherited clothes are history
but the next lot is a mystery.
Ewen W aged 10, Year 6, Fendalton Open Air Primary School
Patrick has written a thoughtful list poem that brings together opposites so it really makes you think. List poems can be really good at that. He has ended up giving a fuller picture of what music might be. Great job Patrick!
Music is the rising sun,
But also the dark side of the moon,
Music is the beauty of nature,
But also pollution of the planet,
Music is the spirit of life,
But also the coming of death,
Music is the greatest happiness,
But also the strongest sadness.
By Patrick K, aged 10, Room 11, Fendalton Open Air School.
And here are some more poems from Redcliffs School. I think I had as much fun reading these as you had writing them! Great job! I love Hamish’s ‘carpet of sand’ and Olivia’s mouth watering chicken list and I really loved Mitchell’s line “Hey don’t wear those, throw them in the bin” kind of shoes. Bravo Redcliffs School and bravo to your teachers Ann and Dion!
I see …..
carpet of sand
the setting sand.
Hamish Aged 8 Redcliffs School.
He is …
That’s my awesome brother.
Raffy, aged 8 Redcliffs School.
I eat chicken
Kentucky fried chicken
I like chicken.
Olivia C Year 6, Aged 10, Redcliffs School.
I like Beans.
Mark, Year 6, Aged 10 Redcliffs School.
I eat eyeball
I eat fish
I eat everything
That is delish
I eat ice cream
I eat mince
Best of all
Charli, Year 4, Redcliffs School, Aged 8
Emma, Aged 8 Redcliffs School.
I eat cheese
Blue brie cheese
I like cheese.
Olivia C, Aged 9 Redcliffs School.
I like lollies
Spinning tops, Lolly Pops
BOOM, BOOM, BOOM
I like lollies
But not too many!
By Charlie H aged 7, Year 3 Redcliffs School
I like colours
I like colours
By Siena C aged 6, Year 2 Redcliffs School
I Love shoes
High Heeled Shoes
Worn out shoes
“Hey don’t wear those, throw them in the bin”
All kinds of shoes
I love shoes
By Mitchell aged 6, Year 2 Redcliffs School
I like fiction books
By Ethan aged 7 Year 3, Redcliffs School