KAPITI POETRY COMPETITION
103 children entered the Kapiti Poetry Competition this year. TJ from Room 9 placed first and Chase from Room 9 placed third. Issac from Room 7 got an honourable mention. This is what the judges had to say:
1st – TJ
Ink meaning honor,
respect and a mark of pride.
Enduring the extreme pain,
in your skin to represent your
country and your Ainga.
Being proud of where you’re from,
Suffering the agony for your people,
Knowing every day,hour and second
samoan power is flowing through your veins.
6.8.5 to the death.
This winning poem is imbued with Samoan pride and culture – from the meaning of tattooing, the individual’s relationship with family and country, to a willingness to endure pain. (Jane)
Ink poem was about the pride and pain for one’s country. It was powerfully written with a sense of respect and history. The poet chose their words carefully and creatively. Very well done. Keep writing. (Dani)
3rd – Chase
The ink injected in my body,
The pulse speeding down my arm,
Greek strength flowing through my veins,
Greek mythology in my heart.
The reader can imagine the poet here responding to a study of Greek mythology or to the poet’s own heritage – or maybe both. A poem which reminds us of the importance of Greece’s contribution to Western culture. (Jane)
Greek strength was short but striking and told with a passionate voice. It felt very wise and was a wonderful entry to read. We loved this poem. (Dani)
Honourable mention – Issac
Blue ink shining bright, what a delight
Writing Nona a letter, what could be better
I pick up the paper and it’s thin like wafer
My pen flows like a feather, sending letter off to warmer weather