Poetry Friday: New Zealand Trains and Trees

I came across this amazing video from the New Zealand Book Council yesterday for the first time, courtesy of Christine Lim’s Illustration blog (part of a great post about inspiring kids to love books, by the way):

Although the narration is actually prose, it made me think of poetry and I started looking for a train poem to compliment it. There are a couple of train poems in the “Rainbow Alliance – travel and landscape” section of Rainbow World: Poems from Many Cultures edited by Bashabi Fraser and Debjani Chatterjee (Hodder Children’s Books, 2003/2004) (you can read my Poetry Friday post from last year about this great anthology here) – but then I found this one at the end of “Tree in the Heart – mystery, myth and magic” and knew it was the perfect match – not only is it from New Zealand too, its exhilaration seems to me to be echoed in the energy of the paper art in the stop-motion video. So enjoy!

Tree in the Heart of the Void

The beginning was void. The first thing to be
formed in the heart of the void was a tree.
This first tree sprang out of a womb of energy,
and, emerging from its millions of buds, there
sprouted the whole of creation.

Traditional Maori
(creation myth from New Zealand)

Today’s Poetry Friday is hosted by Anastasia at Picture Book of the Day – head on over…


3 Responses to “Poetry Friday: New Zealand Trains and Trees”

  1. Myra from GatheringBooks Says:

    It’s sooo lovely. I enjoyed the video clip as well. I like it when prose sounds like poetry in its lyrical quality (not to mention the power of imagery) – we have to explore more children’s books from New Zealand! Thank you for this.

  2. Iphigene Says:

    Wow…you did match the video and the poem perfectly. They do have the same cadence to it. Lovely. I enjoyed it.

  3. Sally Says:

    I saw this video awhile back and showed it to my kids. It’s great that you posted it here, I certainly enjoyed viewing it again.