By Josie Whitehead
The sun’s bright rays sweep through the sky
And pass a million stars nearby.
With speed of light her fingers reach
Those children playing on the beach.
Some shun her heat at middle-day
And close the curtains from her rays,
And does it not seem sad to shun
The warmth that’s sent down from the sun?
Her warming touch will ripen wheat
And help to grow much that we eat.
The sunshine ripens fruit on trees,
And brings out butterflies and bees.
The sun’s a giant in our sky
Though seeming small to human eye.
A million earths would fit inside -
Though I am glad no-one has tried.
Enjoy the warmth of summer’s sun
For playing out is so much fun,
But guard yourself from hot sunbeams
By not forgetting your sun cream.
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Follow Up: Get the children to research the importance of the sun to the earth:
Food energy; Vitamin D; Happiness; Warmth; Light; Precipitation. There is a good article here: Sunlightenment
What dangers can the sun cause? Our skins; fires; lack of water.
Why do I tell you to guard yourself from hot sunbeams by not forgetting your sun cream?
METRE: This poem is written in iambic tetrameter: i AM i AM i AM i AM
with rhyming: aabb aabb in each verse. Note that you indent three from margin for the last two rhyming lines with this metre.
I hope this helps. Josie