Grass Skirt

My latest poem published by Australian Children’s Poetry in response to the prompt word association.

Australian Children’s Poetry Website

Grass Skirt

Kilt clan patterns

Mother’s hands twisting string for homemade

video to keep tradition strong

Once made from plants now plastic too

Scratching identity from legs to ankles

Calling out for head dress and for beads

Bare feet beating dance on earth

Sway and swish

Past, present and future steps

Given by my mother to say

You are grown

By   June Perkins

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Prompt #6 Word Association and Easter with Teacher Notes

Australian Children’s Poetry Website

Good Morning,

Thankyou for your contributions in the last week.

Prompt #6 is Word Association poetry and Easter but please send in any other poems as well.

Heads up for those needing a bit more time writing: Our next Prompt after Easter will be Haiku.

Teacher Notes are in today instead of Thursday to give teachers ideas at the start of this week.

Please Email poems to:

Teacher Notes: Jeanie Axton

Easter is another opportunity to create an egg shape poem and write in describing words associated with Easter.

1. Here is a site online with Easter poems and songs you may like to use.

2. Another engaging idea would be to show the students the trailer to the recently released movie “Peter Rabbit”. I think this will be a very popular Easter or April school holidays outing for families.

Don’t forget to mention Beatrix Potter the original…

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Prompt #5 continued Shape Poems

Australian Children’s Poetry Website

Good Morning,

This week we will continue with Shape Poems. The response has been great.

To give you the heads up our next prompt will be word association poems. A really good example is Di Bates recent “Car Sick “ poem. Leading up to Easter it would be Eggsalent if you could send in any Easter Poems as well.

Coming up:

Prompt #6 Word Association and Easter

And please send in any other poems you like.

A few notes:

One of our regular poets was contacted by School Magazine recently showing interest in her work. This is wonderful that publishing poems on the site can lead to other opportunities.

If you have Email addresses of Heads of English departments and other suitable contacts in either state or private education in your state of Australia please send through to me. I’m working on sending the blog details to the South…

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Ted X Morning

Poem.  Visit on my Pearlz Dreaming Blog to watch some of the speeches that made it a Ted X Morning


For Deb, Justine and Renee

Ted X Morning

The light and zing of commercials
between my favourite shows
is not nourishing
but rather requires the mute button green
of the remote to take me into a greener zone
and better still a turning away from entertainment
that leads to momentary escape from the
the sorrow, pain, and the heartbreak

Finding out all my friends
favourite tedX talks
and watching them one by one
becomes the new forest I build
which will still have heart break
but the kind that’s a ladder
over the wall of sorrow in
watching or a doorway into inner understanding
and there’s a garden
where I can foster the self outside
my physical now reality

Poets, Teachers, Parents
build insights that make me laugh
and know I am not alone
but all parents hearts can break
no one is perfect
it is okay to say I…

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Reaching the Mountain of My First Draft

The journey of the novel continues. There is a kind of poetry to it, and a journey.



Using my plan and outline as a map and continuing to read books that inspire me when I become stuck, I am nearly half way through the second chapter of my first draft.

I am looking down the pathway of writing my way to the mountain of my completed first draft.

I am following the plan, but letting the characters help me construct them as I write them.  I look forward to seeing you at the other end of the first draft.

I was delighted to write two and a half chapters today.

At this point I am trying not to censor each sentence and perfect it but rather get the character and my  plot and scenes down cleanly and then I will work on other aspects in my second draft.

With this draft I am determined to get my structural plot, pacing and introduction of characters very clear.


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