Beach Treasure


We all went for a walk,
just Nan, Pop and me,
and found lots of treasure washed up by the sea.

My Nan found a rock crab
alone on the sand.
It tickled and wriggled around in my hand.

I found a new treasure
beneath the sea grass;
a smooth-as-silk wave-polished piece of green glass.

But Pop said his treasure’s
the best you would see:
he looked near the jetty and there he found me!

© Kristin Martin 2016

This poem also appears on the website Australian Children’s Poetry as a Poem of the Day.

92 thoughts on “Beach Treasure

  1. hello im filming a video again smiling and laughing like usuall in the comments i will maybe because im not a good editor link in the discreption

  2. Hi Kristin,
    I love collecting sea shells they are soooo pretty I sometimes find them on the shore but I think the most pretty ones are in the sea I like to dive down and get them !!! Caleb ( my brother ) likes to help me look for the most pretty ones and he does a great job at it !!! The breach is such a nice place to be !!!! Love you poems!!!
    Clara ❤️

    • Hi Clara,

      I love your comments on my poems, and I love your brother Caleb’s too. Thanks for writing me such encouraging messages!

      I am going to the beach with my family this evening because it is so hot here today. I wonder if I’ll find any shells?


    • Hi Caleb,

      That is very kind of you to collect shells for your sister. I try to only collect the very nicest, most special shells, because otherwise I’d have too many.


  3. It was a good rhyme . What gave you the idea? Why the beach? I love going to the beach and finding little treasures. I always find different seashells. I love finding seashells.

  4. Hi Kristin
    I love this poem I could read it again and again. I remember when I was little I would only go to the beach to find seashells

  5. Hi Kristin
    I love how you said that your Pop’s treasure was the best treasure he could have ever found because it was his family!! This is an amazing poem and I could just read it over and over!! Awesome poem! How did you come up with the idea for this poem??

    • Hi Tharusha,

      Thank you! I can’t remember what made me think of the poem. Maybe it was because I sometimes say my children are treasures. I like writing poems with grandparents and grandchildren in them.


  6. Hi Kristin
    I liked how everyone found treasure but the best treasure was you. I really like finding treasure at the beach like shells or little items washed up the sea.
    Thanks for the great poem

  7. Hi Kirsten
    There is a lot of cool stuff you can find at the beach.This poem remind me a time I went to the beach with my two friends.We found a crab!

    • Hi Thinara,

      I like finding crabs at the beach too! Did you pick up the crab? The little ones tickle. The big ones don’t – they hurt when they snap at you.


  8. There are lots of treasure to be found on the beach, I was at my uncle’s, my mum, brother and I went for walk alone the beach which is more peddles. We found a leafty sea dragon on the rocks. The beach can be so peace and relaxing.

    • Hi Brian,

      Thanks for your comment. I agree, the beach can be very peaceful.

      What did you do with the leafy sea dragon you found? I’ve never seen a real one.



  9. This poem reminds me of when I’m at my uncle’s who lives near the beach, my brother and I were playing around, my brother pick this blue thing up and he gave it to me. The next thing my hand was really really hurting and I was really upset. I had to go to hospital, we found out it was a blue bottle jellyfish. I know now don’t pick things up that look pretty.

    • Hi Xavier,

      I’m so sorry to hear about that. It sounds painful. That is a good warning to give people- be careful what you pick up on the beach.


    • Thank Tiaana!

      You can share it with your friends after the holidays! I hope you enjoy your time off school and have lots of fun with your family.


  10. At semaphore beach kite festival I found treasure which was a candy. It was dropped from a zip blind tied to a kite. It was fun!

  11. I picked this poem because I like going to the beach! I love the way this poem has rhyming words. Do you have a favourite beach?

    • Hi Sophie,

      I like walking to the beach near my house. Do you have a favourite beach?

      I also like to make up rhymes. Can you write a rhyme about your favourite beach?


  12. Love the poem. Do you ever have to research certain facts to help you write your poem? If you do, that shows a lot of dedication!

    • Hi Lyana,

      My research for my poems happens just by doing things I love, or by talking to people. If I find something interesting, I try to write about it in an interesting way so other people will want to read about it.


  13. Hi Kristin

    I love to visit the beach and I love to look for treasure so this poem is heartfelt to me.

  14. Hi kristin
    pop’s treasure was the best. Treasure I found at the York Peninsula beach during my recent trip were seashells.



  15. Cool poem Kristin
    Yesterday I went to a beach I found lots of treasure but I didn’t take all of it because I need to leave some shells and treasure for the sea creatures.
    By the way whennim older I want to be an author too. Or are you a poet?
    From Lysha

    • Hi Lysha,

      Thanks for your lovely comment.

      I am a poet and a writer- I write poems and short stories. I guess you could say I am an author too, as I’ve had some published. My children’s poetry book will be out next year!

      Good luck with your writing!


  16. Hi Kristin
    I like how you have a lot of description and you said all of these things were a treasure to you. It paints a picture in my head.


    • Hi Kristin
      I really love this poem. It rhymes so beautifully and creatively. You had so much description and it just made me want to read more and more. Have you ever thought about writing one of those books when all of the text is rhyming? There is a book like that called “Bully on the Bus”.


      • Hi Tharusha,

        I have read “Bully on the Bus”, and I have met the author, Kat Apel (or Kathryn). There is a link to her website on my poetry links page.

        Bully on the Bus on a great book. I like how it is written in verse, but they don’t actually rhyme. Poems don’t have to rhyme!


  17. Hi Kristen,
    This poem was really nice to read! I was excited to hear all of their treasures, especially when I heard pops treasure!

    From Ella!!

  18. I loved how in the ending, pop said that he found the best treasure and it was you, it was very cute. I’ve also gone on walks on the beach.

  19. Hi Kristin
    I really like your poem it reminded me when me and my family went to the beach with my cousins. I really think you should get an A+ because it was so descriptive and it made me feel how much things you find on the beach that people treasure.

    • Hi Yenuli,

      Thank you for your lovely comment. I’m glad my poem reminded you of the time you went to the beach with your cousins. It sounds like a lovely memory.


  20. Once on Australia Day the water was so low I could walk to the end of it. I also love when there’s a sunset over the water.

  21. What a joy you are! Joyful as all your poems! Love you, dear heart!!!! Your Mum would be so very proud!!!!

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