That's What the Tui Said

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by Olivia Goldsmith (New Zealand)

July 2021

Write the World Review

Audio: "That's What the Tui Said," read by Olivia Goldsmith

"Quark querk arck erk"
That’s what the tui* said.
Early in the morning
As the world gets out of bed.

"Whree fwrou fwoomph whoomph"
That’s what the tui said.
Shadows scattered on the ground
The sun now overhead.

"Wehoo tehoo rerere woo"
That’s what the tui said.
Dinner time, the mother called
Come and get your bread.

"Quark querk arck erk"
That’s what the tui said.
Quiet now, it’s getting dark
The world has gone to bed.

*A bird native to New Zealand

Olivia Goldsmith, age 17, lives in New Zealand, and absolutely loves swimming in the sea (when it’s warm enough), climbing trees, and listening to birds. This poem features a tui, a bird with a very wacky character.

#Nature          #Environment

7/30/21, 7:24 PM



7/27/21, 6:01 PM

This is beautiful, I love your use of onomatopoeia

Afreen Shanavas

7/23/21, 12:22 PM

Brilliantly articulated!


7/21/21, 3:37 PM

wow awesome!


7/21/21, 1:23 PM

Pain and nostalgia conveyed beautifully!


7/21/21, 8:35 AM

This is an amazing poem! The mixed feelings we have when we leave our home or city we grew is beautifully portrayed

Paisley Blue

7/21/21, 12:22 AM

Absolutely stunning, the detail and diction is incredible.


6/20/21, 4:25 AM

The story was wonderfully amusing.