“Not Fair” by Kate O’Neil

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Not Fair.

 

Winter’s clearly over

Everywhere are signs of spring.

See, the grass is greener.

Now see every living thing

 

(Except, of course, for me.)

Enjoy the fragrant springtime breeze.

(Zooming bees don’t suffer

Every morning’s springtime sneeze)

 

Buds in spring are bursting.

Enhancing gardens everywhere.

Early blooming jasmine

Sends its perfume on the air.

 

Blossoms make a carpet

Underfoot as petals fall.

Zephyrs fill with perfume.

Zyrtec doesn’t work at all.

“SPOON LEAVES DISH” by Kate O’ Neil

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SPOON LEAVES DISH

I liked him at the time –
thought he was quite dishy
when we ran away.
But no,
I couldn’t stay
with someone so wishy-
washy. His get-up-and-go
got up and went.
And so did I. Ran away again.

This time teamed up with
a right mug.
Too strait-laced for me.
I was bouncing off the walls.

Being a bit of a stirrer
I told him I’d fallen
for a cauldron –
dark, handsome, mysterious….
and I was off again.

But the truth was,
I needed a break.
I missed hanging out
with my friends
and headed
back to the drawer
for a group hug.

“A Green Queen” by Kate O’Neil

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A GREEN QUEEN?

Should one consider ‘going green’

if one’s lot is being Queen,

and majesty’s one’s thing?

 

Should one think of steps to take

to change one’s ways for the planet’s sake?

or would one choose to cling

 

to royal extravagance, glamour and show

as part of one’s deal, so mere Joe Blow

must be the one to care?

 

Should Royals have to do their bit?

Pull their weight? Show true grit?

Wouldn’t that be fair?

 

Kate O’Neil

Happy World Poetry Day / Harmony Day / “Poetry Blast” by Kate O Neil with Notes

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Poem with Teacher Notes

 

POETRY BLAST

Some words fly like arrows

to their target.

Some veer, tell it slant.

Spin-bowled,

some ricochet unpredictably.

But we know it is poetry

when we see how they all

hit home.

 

©   Kate O’Neil

Notes by Jeanie Axton

Students could cut out arrows, airplanes, rockets and balls. On each they could attach describing words and phrases. They could then write poems based on the object and words. Encourage lots of ways to mix up the words and editing. The aim being at the end of the exercise to hit home with the words in the poem.

For example use picture prompts with describing words to get the students thinking

“BEWARE THE IDEAS OF MARCH” by Kate O’Neil

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BEWARE THE IDEAS OF MARCH

 

The Ideas of March

are meant to be mad,

so get with the times;

be suitably clad.

 

The hatters are busy –

no time to be lazy –

and what they are doing

is totally crazy.

 

So go the full motley –

(March is your chance)

Kick up your heels

in a wacky dance.

 

Let down your hair

or go in for shaving.

My crazy idea is to

go out stark raving.

 

I told all my friends.

They served me a warning:

‘Stay home. Don’t go out.

This isn’t your morning.

 

If you do your thing

and defy our advice

the knives will be out.

You’d better think twice.’

“STARMAN ENVY” by Kate O’Neil

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STARMAN ENVY

 

(for Elon Musk)

 

When Starman blasted into space

he didn’t turn a hair.

He didn’t bother with goodbyes.

His tummy had no butterflies.

He had no sparkle in his eyes.

He didn’t seem to care.

 

This guy really blows my mind;

he’s totally bizarre.

He’s driving through the galaxy

as if that’s where he ought to be;

as if it’s really ordinary

to be there in a car.

 

That car alone would be enough

to make me start to drool.

Yet here he is among the stars,

maybe even seeing Mars!

His lack of interest really jars;

the man must be a fool.

 

How I wish they’d chosen me.

Why spend all that money

to realise an awesome dream

with such a failing in the scheme.

I think it’s crazy in the extreme

to waste it on a dummy.

 

©  Kate O’Neil