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Space Poems

June 12 2005

Ten-year-old Joshua Stevenson has written two poems for us, both about things we have to look up at - a planet and a firework.

Shows a photo of a planet. It's swirled around with greyish greens bands and a tiny white moon is visible at top right. The background is black.

This is a photograph of Jupiter and one of its moons, Io. It was taken in 1979 from 20 million miles away by Voyager 1.

Can you see the planet's Great Red Spot? This is a swirling mass of clouds, like a hurricane, where the winds blow up to 250 miles an hour!

Photo: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA-JPL)

Here's Joshua's space poem...


The planet, biggest of all 9,
floating, its just fine.
Its like a tree in the breeze,
not a colany of bees.
A blue whale in the sea,
nice and gentle, you will see.
Better than the rest,
Jupiter is the best.'

Next comes the firework poem - a bit closer to home than Jupiter.

Speaking of fireworks, 2005 is the 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot.

Later in the year we'll be launching a fab new interactive all about Guy Fawkes and his fellow plotters. We'll keep you posted.

Shows a cartoon picture of a firework.

Here's the poem...


Its a rocket blasting higher,
a giant ball of fire.
Flying up in the sky,
get in the way and you'll die.
Faster than a plane,
get hit and you'll feel pain.
blowing up in flight
to celebrate bonfire night.'

Thanks so much for sending both of your poems in Joshua. They're great.

If you'd like to send something in for Show and Tell, use the Get In Touch page.

Kristen Bailey and Joshua