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Treasury Challenge Favourites: Poems inspired by other poems

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I have written poems inspired by another poem. Sometimes a word or an image or the whole poem itself. This was a perfect challenge to celebrate A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children.

Sometime you can follow the pattern of a poem and sometimes you can play with that pattern and make it even more of you own. Both ways work!

 

W o w !!! I loved all these poems. It was impossible to pick a poet to give a book to. But after thinking hard I have decided to give a copy of the Treasury to Angus from Adventure School and Kereru class at Mahana School. Congratulations everyone I picked to post. If I didn’t pick you this time, do try my last two challenges and all the challenges next year.

 

A sad poem from Ashlee (I love this poem by Chris Tse which is why I talked about it on my other blog. Ashlee’s poem works beautifully as some very sad images grow inside it):

Hi Paula, I have written a poem about SAD. I hope you like it.  My poem was inspired by Chris Tse’s “The saddest song in the world” (from nzpoetryshelf.com)

from Ashlee S, Year: 4, Age: 8, School: Redwood School (Tawa) Wellington

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Ewen’s version of a very famous poem. Lots of poets all around the world have been inspired by William Carlos William’s poem. I love the way a poem so simple can puff out into something so much more. Great job Ewen.

Hi Paula, This is my poem inspired by The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams. This was a really fun idea… Thanks! From Ewen

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By Ewen  aged 12,  Year 7, Cobham Intermediate School, Christchurch

 

Gemma’s poem follows the pattern of Mary Mary Quite Contrary.
Nursery rhymes are a great jumping pad for poems. Gemma’s made me laugh! Peter Millet has had fun doing poems like this in his books.

 

Gemma, Gemma…

Gemma, Gemma – What a dilemma

Why is your room a mess?

With books and toys and other great joys…

Does my head in, I must confess!

 

Mummy, Mummy – You are so funny

My room is perfect for me.

The books and toys are sources of joy

And placed there on purpose, you see!!!

 By Gemma, Age 8, Year 4, Adventure School

 

 

An alphabet poem. What a cool idea. I really want to do an alphabet book of poems. I also love the idea of classes writing a poem together which is what I always do when I visit schools.

A Nonsense Alphabet

A group poem by Kereru (Years 3 to 6), Mahana School

Inspired by Edward Lear

 

A is an apple

Shiny and clean,

Juicy and fresh

Red and green

a!

Yummy round apple!

 

 

B is a broccoli

Round and green

Who didn’t feature

In most kids’ dreams

b!

Evil little broccoli!

 

 

C was a cabbage

Round and green

Sitting in the soil

While watching the screen

c!

Bushy lime cabbage!

 

 

D was a dog

Who caught a pig

In a rocky river with fish

He loved to dig

d!

Hairy digging dog!

 

 

E is an eagle

Soaring through the skies

They feast on dead cows

That are surrounded by flies

e!

What an intelligent eagle!

 

 

F was a fox

Who was really funny

Pouncing on trampolines

and eating a bunny

f!

Hunting jumping fox!

 

 

G was a grackle

Sometimes they glide

Catching and digging worms

Flat on their side

g!

Gliding flying grackle!

 

 

H was a horse

Galloping up and down

Trotting in the arena

All around town

h!

Beautiful bay horse!

 

 

I was an icecream

Melting in the sun

But it was yummy

And it didn’t weigh a tonne

i!

Scrumptious delicious icecream!

 

 

J was a jaguar

Pouncing while hunting birds in the sky

Cute and fuzzy

Eating blueberry pie

j!

Dangerous fierce jaguar!

 

 

K was a kangaroo

That lived with the king

And had a koala

With a bell that dinged

k!

Jumping punching kangaroo!

 

 

L is a lizard

Slithering along

Dropping its tail

Singing a song

l!

Lovely lively lizard!

 

 

M was a monkey

That loved sailing in a boat

Singing with his

Shiny new furry coat

m!

Sparkling playful monkey!

 

 

N was a nose

Sniffing up rust

Smelling like roses

Who could you trust?

n!

Big strong noses!

 

 

O was an octopus

Who had to blink

Swimming around seaweed

And squirting out his ink

o!

Inky, lots of legs octopus!

 

 

P was a puppy

Chewing up his toy

Leaving fur around the house

Playing with a boy called Roy

p!

Fluffy cuddly puppy!

 

 

Q was a Queen

She’s such a scene

Picking on slaves

Acting so mean

q!

Frizzy afro Queen!

 

 

R was a rabbit

Bouncing happily around

Eating green grass

From the soft ground

r!

Happy white rabbit!

 

 

S was a starfish

Moving slowly in the sea

With a crab in one tentacle

And a golden key

s!

Slippery soft starfish!

 

 

T was a tiger

That has lots of strips

Living in caves

And having lots of fights

t!

Fluffy big tiger!

 

 

U was a unicorn

Fluffy pink and white

Prancing and dancing

Man – he’s so bright

u!

Fluffy, cuddly unicorn

 

 

V is a valley

Echoing every sound

Lonesome beneath the shadows of the hill

The encroaching forest surrounds

v!

Vacant valley!

 

 

W was a wolf

That had a fluffy coat

Who was hunting for fun

And ate lots of oats

w!

Fuzzy cute wolf!

 

 

X was a xerus

Running and dancing around

Collecting up nuts

From the mossy ground

x!

Bushy burgundy xerus!

 

 

Y was a yo-yo

That went around and around

You can do it anywhere

Even on a mound

y!

Tubby round yo-yo!

 

 

Z is a zonkey

He was so stripy brown

When he went dancing

He always boggied into town

z!

Party rocking zonkey!

 

 

Some children from Ormond School in Gisborne were inspired by my poem, ‘When I am Cold,’ in The Letterbox Cat. I loved the way they have played with my ending and found surprising things to add. Great job. I loved them all but have picked just a few to post.

When I Am cold 

When I am cold

I get rat bumps!

When I am very cold

I get chicken bumps!

When I get very, very cold

I get penguin bumps!

When I get very, very, very cold

I get elephant bumps

When I am very, very, very, very cold

I get moa bumps!

When I am very, very, very, very, very cold

I get into my black and white onesie,

put on fifty socks, a pair of gloves and then snuggle up into bed!

By Georgia

 

When I Am Cold

When I am cold

I get penguin bumps!

When I am very cold

I get chicken bumps!

When I am very, very cold

I get elephant bumps!

When I am very, very, very, cold

I get moa bumps!

When I am very, very, very, very cold

I get an infinity blanket

and sit down and watch T.V!

By Noah

 

When I Am Cold

When I am cold

I get ghost bumps!

When I am very cold

I get pig bumps!

When I am very, very cold

I get lion bumps!

When I am very, very, very, cold

I get snail bumps!

When I am very, very, very, very cold

I sit beside the fire!

By Joshua

 

When I Am Cold

When I am cold

I get skeleton bumps!

When I am very cold

I get zombie bumps!

When I am very, very cold

I get penguin bumps!

When I am very, very, very, cold

I get ghost bumps!

When I am very, very, very, very cold

I get dragon bumps!

When I am very, very, very, very, very cold

I get muddy bumps!

When I am very, very, very, very, very, very cold

I have a drink of hot chocolate!

By Taylor

 

Geena’s spring and cat poems were inspired by poems in The Letterbox Cat. It is very special when you inspire someone. I especially loved the sea cat and the hushing waves. Such good detail in this poem. And some pop-out words. Thank you so much!

Hiya Paula- After you came and visited Arrowtown School, and gave me a copy of your fantastic The Letterbox Cat, all your great poems have given me some great poems of my own, so I wanted to share some of them with you.

This one is inspired by your ‘Hello Spring’ poem. Thanks for the great idea!

 

Sprouts

A small peep of sun is all I need

My small green leaves must get light I plead

One bright spring morning, cool dew rests on my shoots

Oh my Roots!, could it be?

Is it the sun I see?

And sure enough the sun beams back at me.

 By Geena S

 

This poem is inspired by all your lovely cat poems in your book, so I thought I would write one about the lovely sea.

The Sea Cat

The sea is where you’ll find my cat.

You’ll see him jumping over bubbling waves,

like a blackbird flying across the indigo blue sky.

He loves everything about the Sea,

he loves the salty smell,

the hushing sound of the tumbling waves

and the sweet bliss of the smooth wet sand beneath his paws.

He leaps at passing crabs

and pounces at the forever moving sand,

as the water retreats beneath him.

My cat is a free Seagull.

His home is the Ocean

Because the Ocean is where he belongs.

By Geena S, Year 8, Arrowtown School

 

Another poem inspired by one of mine. I loved the way Glazie has played with rhyme such as ‘onion’ and ‘minion.’ I loved reading this!

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This is so cool. Like Gemma, Daniel has taken an old favorite and made it his own. Very imaginative. A tip top poem!

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 By Daniel, Year 1, aged 5, Adventure School

 

Another poem inspired by me. I love the way words loop and slip and play in Jack’s poem. It is very good to read aloud. Bravo!

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Room 8 at Adventure School in Whitby sent a terrific bunch of poems to me that were inspired by other poems. I loved them all but I have picked just a few to post. Such imagination and such great vocabulary. The poems all sang in my ear too! It was a real treat to get these poems. Wow!

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The Treasury Interviews: Ashlee interviews Elizabeth Pulford

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Ashlee Shum is 8 years old, and attends Redwood School in Tawa, Wellington.  She lives with her mother, father and younger sister.  Ashlee fills her life with netball, gymnastics, tennis, badminton and swimming.  She loves to learn, loves reading, and also loves playing the piano.

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Elizabeth Pulford was born in Canada and her father was from Ukraine. Her mother brought her, and her two brothers and sister, on a war boat to NZ when her father died. Elizabeth has published all kinds of books: picture books, junior chapter books, novels for young adults and adult novels. She has had poems published in School Journals. You can find these all on her web site.

 

The Interview
How do you get ideas to write poetry, especially with those interesting rhyming words? My ideas for poems come from everywhere.  It can be the sound of the wind or waves of a beach.  It can be the sight of a leaf falling from a tree.  It can be a reflection in water.  Whatever that image is it will set off connecting thoughts which end up as a poem.  Even someone in a bad mood.  Usually a line falls into my head.  Not always the first line, but one that belongs to the poem.  Of course this usually happens when I don’t have a pen and a piece of paper so I have to keep repeating the one line in my head until I can write it down.
Rhyming poems I find hard to write.  I have bits of paper all over the house trying out different rhyming words until I am happy with the sound and rhyme.

What are your favourite kinds of poems you like to write? I like to write with nature, that has an underlying meaning.  If I wrote about about frost on the lawn, it might also mean that I woke up in a frosty mood.
I love the sound of nature and the weather.  Even on the stillest day in the garden there is always some sound.  A bee, a fly, a distant dog barking.

Do you like reading detective or mystery books? I love detective novels.  My favourites are mystery murders and trying to guess who ‘committed the crime.’  At the moment I am reading a lot of these.  It’s fun trying out all different kinds of crime novels to see which I like best.  The ones I don’t like have too much violence, blood and gore…ugh!

Does listening to music give you ideas in writing? Listening to music doesn’t really give me ideas in my writing.  Instead it helps me relax and stops me thinking about things such as what am I going to cook for dinner.  It keeps me focused.  After a while, if I am writing well I don’t even hear the music, but turn it off and I know it is missing!  Strange, eh?

What are your favourite instrument and type of music? I adore classical ballet music.  There is just something about the rhythm that suits me.  I don’t listen to anything with words, because I would end up singing along.

Do you write more during the day time or anytime in particular? I usually write in the mornings which can sometimes flow over to the early afternoon.

Do you travel around the world to find fun writing ideas, or do you get most of your ideas from time in your garden? I’d love to travel more to capture ideas, but most of mine come from when I am working in the garden and walking.  Usually an idea will come out of the blue.  And it is often when I am knee-deep in writing another book.  If the idea is strong enough it will keep at me until I jot down the idea.  The garden and walking are relaxing for me (well not so much when I am mowing the grass) so my mind is open to receiving ideas which is when they pop in and seed themselves.

I have read all of your Lily books!  What is your favourite book that you have written?
I had such a good time writing the Lily books and it’s great to know you have read them.  My favourite book is usually the one that is about to be published.  Next year Scholastic are publishing a trilogy of mine, called The Bloodtree Chronicles.  The first book is Sanspell.  It is a mixture of fantasy, fairytale and realism.  The idea for this just kept nagging at me until I did something about it, and I am glad I did.

Thanks Ashlee for asking such great questions.  I have loved answering them.

Note from Paula: Thanks for a wonderful interview Elizabeth and Aslee. You both put a lot of thought into this. thank you! Elizabeth has a beautiful poem in A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children called ‘Sun Sonata.’

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