“Spring Whether” by Kristin Martin


Spring Whether

The weather in Springtime is very uncertain.

It can’t decide whether it’s hot or it’s cold.

It doesn’t know whether to pour or to sprinkle

or whether to simply keep raindrops on hold.


The weather in Springtime is quite indecisive,

and that’s why you’ll find in a week, or a day,

it’ll rain and be sunny and cold and too hot.

We never know whether we’ll go out to play!


This poem was first published in The Caterpillar, Issue 20, Spring 2018. (As this is an Irish publication, their Spring edition was published in March.)

The poem also appears on my website, http://kristinmartin.net



“A Spring Thing” by JR Poulter with Teacher Notes

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Teacher Notes and Activities  by J.R.Poulter


The Seasons have been the inspiration for many poets over the years.

The earliest that I know of, is the beautiful passage of poetry  in the Book of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3, verses 1 to 8, that begins –

“To everything there is a season,”

This passage, in its turn, inspired the song “Turn! Turn! Turn!”  sung by The Seekers in 1964, The Byrds in 1965, Mary Hopkin in 1968 and, most recently, by Bruce Springsteen in 2008. The song, which is poetry set to music, was written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s.

Activity: Find at least two other modern songs that speak about the seasons.


Spring and Summer generally evoke joyous poems that celebrate the coming of new life.

Autumn and Winter generally evoke feelings of loss, sorrow, longing…

Activity: Find a poem  for each season that reflects the more traditional feelings associated with that season.

Activity: Write a short poem, a quatrain or a haiku, that reflects the opposite of the traditional view of each season. For example, spring might be sneezin’ season, summer might be ‘all hot’n bother,’ autumn could be a celebration of its fiery colours, winter could be all about enjoying winter sports.


Spring Thing” talks about the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring.

How do you know this?

Activity:  List at least two phrases or lines that suggest Winter and another two phrases or lines that suggest Spring.


Activity: Find examples of the following poetic devices in the poem, “Spring Thing.”

Transferred epithet
Lines with internal rhyme


“Fields of Spring” by Dianne Bates


Fields of Spring


A wilderness of tea-trees

In our paddock playground

One free day in the midst of childhood

A day filled with everything


We are wild things,

Charging, ducking, hiding,

Flies swamping our sweaty faces


A dove, startled, flies up and

Petals fall like a sprinkle of rain

As we play

Cowboys and Indians

With imaginary guns

Bang! Bang! You’re dead!


Falling to the ground face-up

Wisps of clouds slide above

As if breathing in and out.


© Dianne Bates


“A spring in your step” by James Aitchison


A spring in your step


Boing boing,

Spring’s in the air!

Boing boing,

Spring’s ev’rywhere!



Blossoms spring out,

Boing boing!

Bulbs are in bloom,

Boing boing!

Winter has gone,

boing boing —

It’s spring, it’s spring,

boing BOING!


“Mr Snufflesworse’s sniffles” by James Aitchison

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Mr Snufflesworse’s sniffles

Mr Snufflesworse

is in a bad way.

He caught a cold

the other day.

Despite taking pills,

it won’t go away!


When he blows his nose

the bed rocks and shakes.

Boogers come out

as long as snakes,

and when he sneezes,

the whole street awakes.


His sinuses are

chock-a-block with muck —

there’s enough snot

to fill a truck.

And here comes more phlegm —

Yuck yuck yuck yuck YUCK!


“Buried Treasure” by Monty Edwards


If you ever have the pleasure

To uncover buried treasure,

Then I hope that you will keep my needs in mind.

Since I’m just a poor old poet

And I don’t care if you know it,

Just as long as you are generous and kind.


Though my poems can be funny

They don’t earn me lots of money,

So I’ll thank you for whatever you can spare.

Or instead just take a look

At “The Mystery Box”, my book,

For it may be you will find some treasure there.