An Explorer

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An explorer lives in my garden.
She bravely voyages into the unknown,
discovering new territories
and charting unfamiliar terrains.
Until she gets scared
then she hides in her shell.

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44 thoughts on “An Explorer

  1. Hi Kristen
    that poem was surprising to me because when was in year 2 we had a turtle as a class pet and she was not an explorer she mostly just sat around since then I thought they just lazy animals. But that poem changed way I think about turtles.Also did the turtle have a name?

    • Hi Thinara,

      I have four pet turtles, and Emily is the one I wrote this poem about. She likes to explore our backyard. Speedy does too- he can be very fast when he wants to.

      Kristin

  2. I thought the poem was about a girl and then a snail until I saw the picture of the turtle. I like how she goes into the unknown and discovers new territories.

    It reminds me of the time I went to the Hastings caves discovering something so big that was millions of years old.

  3. Dear Kristin
    I love your poem. It was so descriptive. My favourite part was when you said “Then she hides in her shell.” I like it because it was at the end and that’s the bit that gave away that it was a turtle. Keep up the good poem.
    Yenuli

  4. Hi Kristin
    My first thought was you were talking about a person but then when I saw the pictures I knew it was a turtle.

  5. I like tortoises and turtles we gat lots of animals from the bush come exploring at our house a couple of weeks ago we had an echidna come visit

  6. I really like how you didn’t mention what the creature was in the poem but I’m guessing it was a turtle that you were talking about. You also used your imagination to turn the garden into an unknown territory. Most people I meet don’t have ant imagination. What I also like about it is the words that you used, like “territory” and “voyages” and “terrain”. Do you have a pet tortoise or turtle? I would like one but I still don’t have one yet.What inspired you to write this poem anyway?

    Thisali

    • Hi Thisail,

      I have four pet turtles. I’m glad you like the words I used when describing one of them (Emily). I thought a lot about choosing more interesting words.

      Kristin

  7. Truly I thought you are taking about snails……but when you say when she get scared hidden in a shell I realize its a about tortoise. Your words and picture made in my mind motivate me to read and find it out. Such a lovely poem. Soo much happ.

  8. Hi Kristin
    I love this poem at first I thought you were writing about a snail.
    I didn’t realise it was a turtle until I seen the picture
    this is one of my favourite poems
    From Kiara

    • Hi Methuli,

      You’re right. It is a turtle! That one is my pet turtle, Emily. She eats the turtle food I buy from the pet shop. It has meat, fish and vegetables in it.

      Kristin

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