As part of our annual celebrations for National Poetry Day, your class teacher will be sharing the poem in your year group which children are encouraged to learn - off by heart - for the poetry recital next Thursday. I talked to the children about this in assembly yesterday.
Here are the poems to learn:
Sonnet with particles of gold
Today scientists discovered the origins of gold:
the sound of egg noodles crisping up in the wok,
the garden carpeted in kōwhai petals,
the way my phone corrects raumati (summer) to rainstorm.
The day after my grandmother died was white-gold in colour.
A star explodes and wings are found among the debris
along with pieces of a character I never memorised—
our only name for her, 婆, a woman 女 beneath a wave 波.
“Drift,” she mouths softly in English, “what is drift?”
My mother translates into her language, not one of mine.
I try to make myself remember by writing 婆 over and over
on squares of paper covering the walls so I am surrounded
by the women and the water radicals they hold close.
The tips of waves touch me in my sleep.
(Nina Mingya Powles)
Which Wild One?
Which creature would you be?
Today I’d choose a whale. We all need
to roam and there’s no greater space
than an ocean – a galaxy of salt water
right here on earth. And who wouldn’t
want to be that great hulk of life? To see
in sound, to talk in song, to cruise the blue
or lose yourself in endless days of play:
lurching skywards, flopping backwards,
ever huffing lung-loads of warm air
back into the world. Tell me:
which other beast is as wise
as the moon, has the heart of a star -
or a belly full of memories
from way back when?
More Pointless Questions
which glass do you
A bowl of glass
or a pond that ripples
when the winds pass?
which do you prefer?
A house of wires
or a branch
that’s a stage
for feathered choirs?
which do you prefer?
A vase once used
to contain dry flowers
or a patch of ground
blooming with briars?
Putting such questions
to a goldfish
or a bird
or a rose
is pointless I suppose.
Once there was an elephant,
Who tried to use the telephant.
No! No! I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone.
(Dear me! I am not certain quite
That even now I’ve got it right.)
Howe’er it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telephunk.
The more he tried to get it free,
The louder buzzed the telephee.
(I fear I’d better drop the song
Of elephop and telephong!)
Here is a ring
On a silver dish.
Put it on your finger
and make a wish.
Here is a genie
Who waits in a flask.
If you want a favour
whisper and ask.
Here is a carpet
that knows how to fly.
Up into the sky!
A Little Seed
A little seed for me to sow
A little soil to make it grow
A little hole, a little pat,
A little wish, and that is that,
A little sun, a little shower.
A little while –
And then, a flower!
The second part of the day is writing a poem for the Seaburn Dene Primary School Amazing Poem Award.
This year, the theme is My Reasons to Be Cheerful...
The poem could be rhyme, free verse, limerick, haiku, list poem - the possibilities are endless. On one subject or lots of things.
Entries can be handwritten, printed, painted but the deadline is: Thursday, October 7th - submitted to their class teacher.
The winning entry will be published in the Sunderland Echo.
I am looking forward to all our children's creative efforts!