Wow! What a lot of small poems arrived in my email box from all over New Zealand. Thank you! I could tell you all loved playing with words for this challenge.
Remember … poetry is all about P L A Y
and there are no set R U L E S!
It was so hard picking a few to post because I loved them all. So inventive, so musical, so imaginative, so thoughtful, so image-strong, so mysterious, so moody, so chewy, so GOOD to read.
I have tried to pick a bundle of poems that are all different!
I will send a book to Olevia and Lily Jean at Richmond Road School and Bhumi at Marshall Laing Primary School. Remember this is a challenge to spark your writing not a competition – and I just share a few books each time because I love sharing books.
You might like to look back at my Gecko post and hunt for the two secret challenges. I have two Gecko books to give away (thank you Gecko Press!). I WON’T BE READING YOUR POEMS UNTIL MAY, so if I were you, I’d wait to send them and read them again. Listen to your poem after a week or so and see what needs changing.
Tomorrow I will post the April/May challenge.
S o m e s m a l l p o e m s:
Emily, age 12, Year 8, Selwyn House School
Slowly growing and uncurling,
An artwork in itself
Finn, Ilam Primary School Year 6 Age 10
Has as many
Holes as a minefield
And red strings
Hanging from the corners
Like balloon strings.
William Age: 9 years Year 5, St Andrews College, Christchurch
like a tree.
Lily-Jean age 10 Samoan unit at Richmond Rd School
As hot as burning ash.
As wild as an erupting volcano.
The smell is like burning rubber.
Silvano Samoan unit at Richmond Rd School
Rusted into darkness
Slowly fading, flaking off piece by piece
Jenna Year 7, St Andrew’s College
One day I
was staring at
a river, then
the Sun shone
into my eyes.
Tilly, age 8, Selwyn House School, Christchurch
If on the tundra
You need a bandana
Like on the savannah?
If a tundra
Is a savannah
Gemma L Age 11 Year 7, Adventure School
Jada Samoan unit at Richmond Rd School
The moon looks at his river reflection. He frowns.
By Ruby Age: 8 years, Selwyn House School, Christchurch
Under the sea
I watch a hoki
polish a paua shell
until it shines like stained glass.
Joshua 12yrs Medbury School, Christchurch
My Cat Moose
A ragdoll named Moose,
asleep on the couch.
Outside it’s a bright sunny day,
rolling this way then that,
a mixture of white and
Sofia N, Year 6, Age 10, Westmere School
The Jumping Door
A door jumped up the hill
It ripped over a rock
That sent it
Into the air.
Brian H, 6 years, Ilam School
trees. Waves roll
Rita P, Year 6, Age 10, LS7 Westmere School
Emily Cox, Selwyn House School, Age: 12 Year: 8
The arrival of night
Wave of night
Light so slight
Stars’ bright rays
Not to stay
Day comes again
Night’s at its end
Frank Age: 10 Ilam School
Shoe lace race.
Hugo M, Year 6, Age 10, Westmere School
The golden, pink sunrise,
creeps up behind the mountain,
making the snow, gleam pink.
Kate Gourley Age: 11 Year: 8, Selwyn House School
Snow, skiing, scary.
Stan U, Year 6, age 10, Westmere School
Honor age 9, Selwyn House School
Jasmine, Age 10, Gladstone School
Daniel Age 8, Year 4, Adventure School
By Bhumi, age 9, Year 5, Marshall Laing Primary School
over a bump
through the air
Paris T, 12, year 8, Carmel College.
Gold falling leaves.
Indiko K, Year 6, Age 10, Westmere School
Minty green leaves,
Flutter in the wind,
Falling onto the grass.
Sina, age 9, Fendalton Open Air
Fluffy and soft
By Aimee B Age 9, Year 5, Stanmore Bay School
They trot and plot
in vigorous ways
they run and eat
all through the day.
By Maddison W Age 9, Year 5, Stanmore Bay School
twisting and dancing
in some ways they’re prancing.
By Ella K, Age 9, Year 5, Stanmore Bay School
flying over the
Then it was gone.
By Xanthee A Age 9, Year 5, Stanmore Bay School
The lace shoes shine bright where they stand
The emerald buttons beautiful as gold
Hopefully they’ll be found.
By Emily, age 8, St Andrews School
Dancing light beams
Eerie silence disguising the night…
By Michaella, Carmel College
Through the mud,
Through the mud,
From the streams.
Phyllis Age:12 Year:8 Carmel College
Children shone with joy
Along with the night
The campfire would forever
Be in their hearts
Alex W Age: 12 Year Level: Year 8, Carmel College
May sadness be less
and happiness be more,
but nothing but your dreams
sail through your door.
Olevia age 9 Samoan Unit Richmond Road School