Bethells Beach Te Henga
Four house lights sparking in the valley dark.
Who will walk up their long rural driveways to stand
in silence for ANZAC Day?
In bubble time I wake up in the night
and I imagine the whole world is awake
wondering what night it is
but it is just me and I am figuring out
a story about a cat who lives on the moon
and I wondering how to make cheese
and how to make pasta parcels
or pasta butterflies
and how to plant seeds in the cold
and how to feel sad and glad
and how to thank all the kind people
and how to ignore all the mean people
and how to hug everyone who has lost a loved one
and how to thank Jacinda for listening
and how to write a poem
that is both sad and glad.
Today we move to Level 2 and next week schools will be opening on a wider scale so Poetry Box will also move to a new level.
Today I am offering a final bubble challenge.
Tomorrow I will posting some favourite mahi from you from the past week.
On Monday I will post a new Poetry Box schedule.
A FINAL BUBBLE CHALLENGE
People are going to write about BUBBLE TIME and LOCKDOWN for a long time. We are always part of history because history is about ordinary lives as much it is about the lives and actions of important people like Prime Ministers and scientists and explorers.
Reports will be written. Questions will be asked. Art will be made. Music created. Stories and poems written. We have been part of a significant world event.
Today I invite you to write or create something as a RECORD of your BUBBLE time.
You could write a poem or a suite of poems.
Think about where you were. Imagine you are describing the time to someone in the future.
What were the best things you did?
What were the worst things?
Write a poem about one particular thing or loads of things.
What were the worst thing?
Did you do anything you don’t usually do?
You could do a series of drawings or paintings.
You could make up a song and record yourself singing it
You could make a little video.
You could write a letter to the future or to someone who wasn’t in you bubble/
You could show someone in the future what it was like for you to be in your bubble.
What did you find hard?
What did you find fun?
What did you miss?
What did you gain from your experience?
I will post mahi from this challenge on Friday 22nd May.
I will have some books to give away.
send to email@example.com
please include your name age and name of school
don’t forget to put NAME OF challenge in subject line so I don’t miss it
don’t put your surname on drawings or paintings or collages (Poetry Box policy)
This is the last week for Bubble time – see what happens next week!
You can still try these Poetry Box activities. Click on links below:
Watch my picture poems and try some.
Watch my moon poems and try some yourself.
Watch my ocean video and try my two-poem sea challenge!
Read Richard Langston’s lighthouse and tree poems and write as though you are something /someone else.
Listen to Paula read her cats poems and offer cat and things-that-wake-you-in-night activities
Listen to Elena de Roo’s BIRD poems and try my Bird challenge
Tell about a book you have loved in bubble time.
Richard Langston reads his red poem with colour activities
Sacha Cotter and Josh Morgan’s magnificent videos and The Bomb activities
write or draw something for your favourite library or bookshop
Listen to Ashley (8) read: try my dinosaur, pets and swip swap challenges
Have fun with SOUNDS, muck around with WORDS
Listen to Amelia (8) read 3 poems from The Treasury and try my activities
Listen to Philippa Werry read her poem and try her simile challenge
Make a memory album or page
Try my lost-wonder challenges and listen Sarah Ell’s new book Lost Wonders!
Loads of MAKING ideas inside and outside
Do something rainy or snowy! Watch me read my rain and cold poems from The Letterbox Cat
Listen to Melinda Szymanik read her alien mother story and try your own
Send me pictures, photos or poems of curious things you see on your walks
Listen to Maisie and I read fish poems and invite you to do fishy things
Listen to my unpublished very very very strange tail story and do some illustrations for it or invent your own strange tail!
Try writing a postcard poem from where you’d like to be!
Mixed up animals and hear Paula read ‘Anifables’ poem
Sally Sutton’s magic hat challenge
Celebrate your hero and listen to Barbara Else read
Tell me about your favourite bookshop or library
Try my Pass the Poem challenge with friends and family by phone or email
Write draw video comic strip letters poems stories about being in your bubble
My cloudy challenges and hear my cloud poem
My thank our supermarket workers challenge
Listen to me read Aunt Concertina and offer a cool challenge
Listen to me read my poem ‘Lick Lick Riff’ dog poem and offer a doggy cat tiger bat any animal challenge
Check out David Hill’s wonderful photo challenge
Listen to Swapna Haddow read her book and try a rabbit challenge
Try Johanna Aitchison’s hunt the teddy challenges
Ruth Paul reads her muddy poem and I offer muddy challenges