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That's What the Tui Said

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

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12/3/22, 12:37 AM

Gretel Alberta

11/19/22, 9:15 AM

This is a masterpiece.... Well done


10/12/22, 2:00 AM

An amazing piece on climate change. Congratulations!


10/12/22, 1:58 AM

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I love this! Could read this over and over again.


10/12/22, 1:56 AM

Such a beautiful piece Lyat. Congratulations!


10/12/22, 1:54 AM

From your piece, you're an inspiration and a driven person who wants to make the world better. I hope you get to achieve all these and I hope you receive all the support.


10/12/22, 1:48 AM

Brilliant and educative in all aspects!


10/12/22, 1:43 AM

Everything about this piece has perfectly collided with the perfect words. Teen years are special and form a concrete part of a person's life. Glad I read this now. It's a beautiful piece.


9/29/22, 4:40 PM

Lovely piece!

Tom Lofft

9/24/22, 2:13 PM

Was this inspired by flights over Iceland?


9/24/22, 10:04 AM

Amazing. I love it.


9/23/22, 7:34 AM

This is just so good!!!! "The air has been poisoned' I love how you describe things! Congrats :))