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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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Celina Johnson

3/15/23, 5:10 PM

I am seeing all of your comments, and BLESS YOU ALL, thank you so much for wishing me well on this journey, your kind words will certainly help me get there! ❤️❤️

Here's my linkedin, just in case:
I hope I can do that lol

3/13/23, 3:01 AM


3/10/23, 6:30 PM

You write beautifully and with so much passion. Wonderful writing Taieba,


2/28/23, 3:57 PM

"I am trying to tell you wish I were a boy
but you mis-trans-late the words and hear
wish I were less of a girl." This is my favourite statement from here! A trans-formative piece :)

Denise Cyrus

2/28/23, 5:26 AM

What a wonderful piece of writing! I cannot wait to see how you will change the world for the better with your words! I am proud of you and am even prouder to call you my friend!

John Strebe

2/27/23, 11:43 PM

Fun to read, causing me to want to make one of these creations and the devour the result. Sophia, thanks for sharing your creativity with us

Lilies and Peonies

2/27/23, 7:00 PM

Wow, you have been through so much. What a terrible time to be living through, so many lives broken, lost, or insecure because of the war. I'm praying for you that God would protect you and your family, and that he would keep you until the war ends.

Ray Pauley

2/27/23, 4:58 PM

Sophia is my granddaughter and I am very, very proud of her and her writings. I am sure we will be seeing a lot more of her written words in the future!

Leighton Highley

2/24/23, 7:41 PM

How do I add a poem? <3


2/21/23, 6:39 AM

Amazing writing here. I love the force this piece gives. You write so creatively.


2/21/23, 6:37 AM

Congratulations on getting published!

Pastel daydream

2/20/23, 10:55 PM

This is IT!

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