“Heroes” by Helen Katz

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The doctors and the nurses

Are constantly on call

To fight against this deadly thing

They’re heroes one and all.


The police and ambos working hard

To keep us safe and well

Are heroes too, they do their job

Despite this living Hell.


The check-out chicks and packers too

Contribute to the cause

By toiling still at this hard time

We offer our applause.


The people staying safe at home

And doing what they must

To keep apart and exercise

Obey and hope and trust.


We watch the heaps of videos

Of jokes and songs of hope

That people make to stay in touch

These heroes help us cope.


Thank God for Zoom and FaceTime

We see our kids and friends

When we’re allowed some virtual hugs

Until the nightmare ends!


This worldwide plight has shown to us

That heroes there abound

Who’ll find a cure and beat this bug

To make us safe and sound.


So, I’m a hero too, you know

By being true to me.

I stay inside and bide my time

Until we all are free.



Prompt #9 A mixed bag

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Thankyou for the “mixed bag” of types of poetry being sent through.
Congratulations to Australia in The Commonwealth Games with 198 medals
Please continue to send any poetry this week to:
In the last week I was sent a poem from a writer in America and thought to put it in today. It’s wonderful that OS writers are following our blog.
Throughout the world, we each sometimes fall
Entrenched in our ways, or simply succomb to powerless
Apathy. Children remind us to stop, reflect, to
Challenge ourselves, approach the world in curiosity.
Help each other to take brave risks.
Examine our privilege and take responsibility for systemic inequalities.
Reassess, react, reimagine, revolution. Repeat.
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And today’s quote:
Don Poynter was among other things the inventor of  Uncle Fester’s Mystery Light Bulb featured on the “Addams Family” show.
As it’s school holidays we won’t have Teacher Notes for a few Thursdays. All Teachers have a nice break and enjoy reading a poem each morning.


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POEM: Kylie Covark

Teacher Notes: Jeanie Axton

This poem is a wonderful opportunity to introduce the language of poetry to your class. When you read the poem to the students get them to point out the words that create feeling. Then to extend the class list possible alternative words in this poem.

Acrostics are a simple way to introduce a unit of work on poetry. I have found students find them easy enough to write. An idea is to start with their name and then each letter is a self descriptor. For example: SAM




The good copy of these poems with a photo or illustration could be made into a class book for students to reread during the year.

Have fun.