Category Archives: Poems

SEA SONG

This is my place my very own place

Staring the ocean straight in the face

Every morning I wake to find

The ocean in front and the hill behind

Every morning I wake to see

The ocean carefully watching me

I watch the ocean back again

It stamps and whinnies and tosses its mane

Bright and dangerous bold and free

Only a fool would trust the sea

Mighty waters that call and move

Only a fool could help but love

Standing here I can know the sea

But what in the world does it make of me

Dreaming dancing false and true

I can be bright and dangerous too

Holding the hills and the sea and the sky

A little reflection drowned in my eye

(Written by Margaret Mahy)

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MY DAD’S THUMB

My dad’s thumb

Can stick pins in wood

Without flinching

It can crush family size matchboxes

In one stroke

And lever off  jam-jar lids without piercing

At the pierce here sign

If it wanted

It could be a bath-plug

Or a paint-scraper

A keyhole cover or a tap-tightener

It’s already a great nutcracker

And it it dressed up

It could easily pass

As a broad bean or big toe

In actual fact it’s quite simply

The world’s fastest envelope burster

(Written by Michael Rosen)