Of Ponds, and What Reflects Off Fish Scales

The pond with the boat with the water in it

The pond with the boat with the water in it

“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.)

Joe working on his Logan Poetry Postcard

Joe working on his Logan Poetry Postcard

 

 

Here is Joe, hard at it.

Joe and his Poetry Postcard

 

 

 

And here, with his finished Logan Poetry Postcard.

 

 

Kate and the poem she grew from the Seed Poem Tray

Kate and the poem she grew from the Seed Poem Tray

 

 

 

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.

Eilidh and her poem

Eilidh and her poem

One of the things she’d said was a natural imperative, and in the end she went with that.  It’s a strong poem.

The eucalyptus tree’s white bark,
different from the other trees.
That cool one from the Andes
with filo pastry bark.

You’re interested in the woodland,
liked the viewpoint
with the canopy.  You don’t
know what you left there.

 Visit the lily pond at midnight.
There’ll be moonlight on the water,
reflections off the fish scales.
Something glimmers at the bottom.
Lean in.

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