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You are creative – find a poem you love

Last week I wrote about my ‘you are creative’ journal.  The first page I turned to had me writing down one of my favourite quotes and this week I’m finding a poem I love.  Of course there are lots of wonderful poems out there, If by Rudyard Kipling would be one of them.

The children had several story books by Shirley Hughes following the delightful adventures of Alfie and his little sister Annie Rose. One particular book, the Big Alfie Out of Doors Storybook, included a poem called – Fallen Giant; it’s about a tree and how fallen trees make great places to play on but also that once they are down that’s it, they are down for good. I found it powerful – we gotta respect our trees. Here’s the poem, hope you like it.

A big tree
lying down
is like a giant
with torn-out roots
instead of feet.
It’s like a ship
sailing far out to sea,
or a house with many rooms.
It has places to hide
and swing on
and climb along.
A big tree
lying down
is a good place to play.
But you can never make it stand up again.
Not ever.

by Shirley Hughes

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Fallen Giant – Shirley Hughes

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