Poem of the Day


On Your Marks


I’ve turned into jelly.

I don’t have the strength.

My stomach is stuck in my throat.

Why did I say I could swim a whole length?

I don’t even know how to float.

My goggles are loose,

should have tightened the strap.

What if they happen to leak?

And what if my bathers just suddenly snap?

I’ll be laughed at the rest of the week.

What if I don’t make the end of the race?

What if I give up all hope?

I’ll never be able to lift up my face

if I have to hold onto the rope.

My stomach is churning,

I’m still feeling bad,

I’m freezing… and there goes the gun!

I’m kicking,

I’m splashing,

I’m swimming like mad.

Will I make it?

I have!

And I’ve won!


Jenny Erlanger

First published in “Giggles and Niggles” (Haddington Press, 2007)

  • Submitted in response to Poetry Prompt #13

Jenny said: I was always a very nervous competitor in school swimming sports and dreaded the sound of the starting pistol.



Poetry Prompt #31

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poetry prompt #31Happy Monday everyone! I hope you’re feeling creative. This week’s challenge is to write a non-rhyming poem to enter into the 13th Katherine Julia Bates Memorial Writing Competition.

For Australian writers only, this competition offers $150 first prize, $100 second prize and $50 third prize plus certificates for winners and short-listed entries. Poems must be suitable for a child up to the age of 12 years. Maximum length is 30 lines and the theme is open. All entries are to have a separate title page with full contact details including email address for results. There is no entry fee. One entry per person.

Entries must be received on or before 31 August, 2016. Results will be announced on the Australian Children’s Poetry blog site and in Buzz Words (http://www.buzzwordsmagazine.com) on 1 October.

Email entries to me at traffa-m@bigpond.net.au

Go to it!

Happy writing,