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Room 4 at St Joseph’s School in Kaikoura have been writing earthquake poems: shaking smashing breaking

I love reading these cinquain poems because the words stand out sharp against the broken land.

I feel sad reading these poems as these children take me right to the heart and threat of the shaking land.

Thank you for sharing.

I am happy to share poems from any schools in the earthquake zone.

 

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Children write from the Earthquake: ‘Enormes Shaks!’

The other day I invited children experiencing quake shudders in New Zealand to write some poems. I have posted the invitation below in case you are in the mood to write. I will be sending out some comfort book packs.

 

Franka wrote this almost-acrostic poem the morning after the earthquake. She goes to Newtown School in Wellington and is six. Her mum wrote the version under it.

 
Enormes Shaks!

Enormes Shaks!
Ratl the wendos
Todles are shaking
Hot fies berning out
Chilgrin in bed awak
Anamls are fritid
Kitty croching low
Shated glas ol ova walitin
Intresting stores on the nwse
No! It’s to shaky.
Lowahat is in danga.
O how scry
Repd blbings ant sath!

by Franka Moleta, 14 November 2016

Enormous Shakes!
Rattle the windows
Toddlers are shaking
Hot fires burning out
Children in bed awake
Animals are frightened
Kitty crouching low
Shattered glass all over Wellington
Interesting stories on the news
No! It’s too shaky
Lower Hutt is in danger.
Oh, how scary
Ripped buildings aren’t safe.

 

 

 

 

Writing from the Earthquake

You might write about the sounds, what moved, what it reminded you of. You might write about something good that happened like I did (see below). You might try writing a really really small poem or a longer poem with lots of details.

You might want to write about something else to take your mind off things like shudders and storms.

send to paulajoygreen@gmail.com Include name age year school. I will have The Letterbox Cat for some children and a comfort packs  of books for others (books are comforting too!). I will post some on NOW ON and during the following weeks.

Children write from the Earthquake: ‘Earthquaked Animals’ and ‘Mother Nature’s Wrath’

The other day I invited children experiencing quake shudders in New Zealand to write some poems. I have posted the invitation below in case you are in the mood to write. I will be sending out some comfort book packs.

 

Gemma and Daniel sent this letter and their poems in this morning:

 

Hi Paula

Here are Daniel’s and my earthquake poems.  It has certainly been an exciting time with shakes and floods and tornadoes.  But now we are feeling a bit over it and exhausted!

Thank you for giving us the chance to write about it.  Daniel has been writing lots about the earthquake because it really helps him.

From Gemma (and Daniel)

 

 

Earthquaked Animals

 

Stranded cows surf on a new island

Sheep gone forever

A colony of seals looks for a new home

Dazed dogs lost and confused

Hens keep their eggs to themselves

Birds refuse to sing

 

And at my house

A little cat is glued to my side

Pointed ears up

Eyes glowing like headlamps

 

By Daniel L, age 8, Adventure School, Whitby

 

 

 

Mother Nature’s Wrath

 

Mother Nature

Enraged by how we treat our earth

Shakes us like a milkshake

Trying to make us understand

Then she cries

Her tears flood the broken earth

She sighs in desperation

Her breath tears trees from their roots

Her fury not finished

Until we have been put firmly in our place

 

By Gemma L, age  10, Adventure School, Whitby

 

 

 

Writing from the Earthquake

You might write about the sounds, what moved, what it reminded you of. You might write about something good that happened like I did (see below). You might try writing a really really small poem or a longer poem with lots of details.

You might want to write about something else to take your mind off things like shudders and storms.

send to paulajoygreen@gmail.com Include name age year school. I will have The Letterbox Cat for some children and a comfort packs  of books for others (books are comforting too!). I will post some on NOW ON and during the following weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You might write about the sounds, what moved, what it reminded you of. You might write about something good that happened like I did (see below). You might try writing a really really small poem or a longer poem with lots of details.

 

You might want to write about something else to take your mind off things like shudders and storms.

You just might not be in the mood. That’s ok!

 

send to paulajoygreen@gmail.com Include name age year school. I will have The Letterbox Cat for some children and a comfort packs  of books for others (books are comforting too!). I will post some on Friday 18th November and during the following weeks.