“The pond by the boat with the water in it,” said Joe (7). It was the one he liked best. He’d filled in (very fully) a Poetry Treasure Map of the garden, and was decided about what he was going to write about now he was back in the Poetry Yurt. The boat did have water in it. (There was rain last night.)
Here is Joe, hard at it.
And here, with his finished Logan Poetry Postcard.
Meantime, Joe’s sister Kate (9) was growing herself a poem from the Seed Poem Tray. Here she is. She wrote in the Visitors Book: ‘I really enjoyed playing with the words to make my poem. I feel very proud’.
Eilidh, who is 16 and about to start an A-level English course, described to me the places in the garden that she’d enjoyed most. We talked quite a lot about ways she could turn her reminiscences into a poem – like whether to write it in the first person.
One of the things she’d said was a natural imperative, and in the end she went with that. It’s a strong poem.