Posted in National Poetry Day 2022

It’s National Poetry Day TODAY!

Image by Jackie Morris

It’s National Poetry Day 2022 which is of course my FAVOURITE day of the year – everything is poetry!

So here is my poem for National Poetry Day 2022 this year, as a shape poem. The otter poem is also available on the National Poetry Day website as words!

Otters were almost extinct in the 50s and have made a bit of a comeback with a concerted effort to clean up rivers and riverbanks, where they live, hunt and breed. They cannot live in dirty rivers – so the recent news of raw sewage being discharged into our waterways is not good news for the otter.

Below is a film my husband made of me reading my otter shape poem.

Perhaps you’d like to write a poem about an animal yourself?

I started by reading all about otters, and their lives – otters were very endangered but recently their numbers have increased due to rivers being cleaned up.

I often draw the animal I am about to write about – it helps me think as I am trying to come up with what I am going to say in my poem.

My next stage was to think of words that could describe things about otters – their eyes and thick, shiny fur, the way they walk, how they swim and catch prey. I watched some videos online. There is nothing like seeing the animal moving to give you ideas!

I suggest writing down all the words and grouping them together in different ways – using alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhyme etc. You don’t have to rhyme, in fact it’s better not to as then you can really think about the words and what sounds well together – but words that sound similar in rhythm or syllables are helpful.

If you do find two words that rhyme, even in an un-rhyming poem, they can be used to create a satisfying end.

Have a lovely National Poetry Day!


Award-Wining Children's Poet, Author, Wildlife and Climate enthusiast, NPD Ambassador, blogger and owner of Lola the retired alert dog and Paddy the alert dog in training. Books include CLiPPA shortlisted Being Me, Poems about Thoughts, Worries and Feelings, Editor of Shaping the World, Author of Be the Change, Apes to Zebras, The Same Inside, Reaching the Stars and Animal Magic. I visit schools, libraries, literary festivals via Zoom and give lessons on writing poetry for children. @Lizpoet

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