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Sophia’s underwater realm

Sophia told me she didn’t use similes but she used metaphors. See if you can spot them. This is a poem as rich as the deep sea. The length of the lines suits the poem.

The Underwater Realm


A watery Kingdom,

An underwater world

Hidden from view, lost in a forest of slimy tentacles

Stingrays stand guard in their black and white uniforms, defending a vault of sand dollars

Clownfish perform while a school of fish are learning about boats

Catfish chase their tails and seahorses gallop in circles

But all is hidden from view, blocked by a wall of waving arms, reaching for the sky

Nothing can be seen by the outside world but a few scattered fish, lost in the paths of the sea

All is veiled by a slimy barrier of seaweed


I am from Saint Kentigern Girls School, I am 11 years old and am in Year 7.


Phew! Getting close

Good afternoon poetry fans

I am hard at working shaping the anthology which is such a delight and seem to have a week of exciting things ahead of me. I kept the first half of the year pretty quiet so I could go on the big hunt for poems but now July is nearly here I have lots of things marked on my calendar.

This week I am going to be talking with Kathryn Ryan on National Radio (Thursday 11.20 am) about children’s poetry which is really exciting. It will be the first time I have ever talked about this topic in a live interview.

In about two weeks I am doing a New Zealand Book Council event at Blockhouse Bay Primary School. It starts with Books ‘n Brekkie which means children and parents can come and share books and breakfast with me before school starts. Then I am staying on for lots of activities throughout the day. Two young librarians will interview me on stage at a special school assembly which I think is a terrific idea. They have come up with some very good questions. I will let you know how the day goes.

I also have a full day visit at Titirangi Primary School next week and am judging the poetry competition at St Kentigerns.

I will do my utmost to have the First Fabulous Poetry Competition results posted by the end of this term (so keep your eyes out!).

Meanwhile I am off on a mini holiday with my girls and Michael to Queenstown, Arrowtown and Fox Glacier. So next week I may be off-line for three days. I am really looking forward to family time in a spectacular place and if I can manage it will keep a little poetry diary for you if I find internet connections.

Meanwhile I challenge you to go on the hunt for fabulous similes that will give poems a little pop!

Send me your favourite similes: paulajoygreen@gmail.com

Include your name, age, year and name of school.