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The Magic Box - Kit Wright


by Kit Wright



I will put in the box

the swish of a silk sari on a summer night,
fire from the nostrils of a Chinese dragon,
the tip of a tongue touching a tooth.


I will put in the box

a snowman with a rumbling belly
a sip of the bluest water from Lake Lucerene,
a leaping spark from an electric fish.


I will put into the box

three violet wishes spoken in Gujarati,
the last joke of an ancient uncle,
and the first smile of a baby.


I will put into the box

a fifth season and a black sun,
a cowboy on a broomstick
and a witch on a white horse.


My box is fashioned from ice and gold and steel,
with stars on the lid and secrets in the corners.
Its hinges are the toe joints of dinosaurs.


I shall surf in my box
on the great high-rolling breakers of the wild Atlantic,
then wash ashore on a yellow beach
the colour of the sun.

You have two tasks today based on 'The Magic Box' by Kit Wright.


Task One:


Read the poem 'The Magic Box'. Think about what the magic box has inside it and what the magic box looks like. Close your eyes and listen to the reading of the poem using the Youtube link. Were you able to imagine all of the things in the poem? Were there any parts of the poem that you don't understand?  See if you can find out what these mean.


Task Two:


Using the description in the poem, carefully draw Kit's magic box. Around it see if you can illustrate and label everything that he puts in his box. How many pictures did you draw? The final verse of the poem has Kit telling the reader what he would do in his box. Can you draw and label what he would do? 


Once you have completed this task, take a photograph and upload it to Seesaw if you can. Did you manage to draw everything in the poem? Did you friends find any that you missed?