I’m very pleased to report that a poem of mine for children, Paddock Life, has won third prize(poetry category) in well-known children’s poet Jackie Hosking’s annual Poetry and Stories in Verse Competition, the results of which have just been announced!
Congratulations to all the prize-winners and highly commendeds, and many thanks to Jackie for running the comp and always supporting poetry for children!
Below is my poem. Hope you enjoy.
by Sophie Masson
She has all the morning alive in her throat,
Silvering the air with a fresh stream of notes,
She’s dressed for a show in her black and her white,
And her song will remain even when she takes flight.
The spiders spin their silk all over the place
Patiently weaving fine patterns of lace,
Turning grass clumps to cities and fences to art,
As they work and they wait and they prowl and they dart.
Over the fence, look! There he goes,
That famous acrobat striking a pose!
Up on two legs, then down on four,
And with the tail, he adds one more.
Blue tongue lizard
From his home in a log the blue tongue clumps out
Like a mini dinosaur he stomps and stalks about,
His tongue flicking in
His tongue flicking out.
Knee deep in grass, in the bright golden day,
The cattle are making their very slow way
Down to the dam where they’ll drink and they’ll chew
And they’ll stare and they’ll dream the whole day through.