Questions from the children included:
Q: 'How do you make a poem?'
A: With plenty of glue, scraps of old paper and glitter.
(Giggling from the kids, who apparently don't believe me!)
Seriously though, I sit down with maybe one word or a possible first line in my head, and try to build a new poem around that little spark.
Q: 'Do your poems rhyme, and if so, how do you think of the rhyme?'
A: Sometimes my poems rhyme in the middle of the line instead of at the end, and sometimes they only half-rhyme.
I come up with the rhymes by going through all the obvious rhymes until I come to the less obvious ones, which I prefer. The less obvious rhymes tend to take poems in a more interesting direction ...
Then I read some of my own poems to the children, including 'Watermelon Seeds' and 'I Want to be an Explorer'. One of the teachers very kindly asked for a copy of 'Watermelon Seeds' for the Bawnmore School website. So I thought I'd reproduce it here as well.
If I eat watermelon seeds
will they grow
into watermelon trees?
Will they grow in my tummy
and make me feel funny?
Will my face turn red
with a watermelon head?
Will I splish and splosh
and swish and swosh
wherever I walk
with my watermelon talk?
I think I'll leave
my watermelon seeds
but I might eat one -
just for FUN!