Pupils at Royal Mile Primary School celebrated World Poetry Day 2023 by writing poems inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. The P7 pupils recited their poems outside the Writer’s Museum in Edinburgh on 21 March to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Makar’s Court.
The children’s poems are included below for you to read and enjoy.
Treasure Island1 day 1 night,
Heard a footstep,
Coming from the left,
Slowly (step sound)
The guy came and shot!
The pirate dies and
Becomes a (ghost),
A day after,
They met Benn Gunn,
The guy lives on the island,
For 3 years without food and friends
Ben Gunn goes with them to pretend to
Be Captain Flint.
Long John Silver is scared.
Long John Silver died.
Because of treasure.
Jim go home happy and safe.
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The Death TrapIf I had a treasure chest
Full of diamonds that sparkle
And emeralds that glitter
And sapphires that catch your eye
If I had a treasure chest
Full of rubies it will hurt your eyes
And if I had a jade it would blow your mind
If I had opal the colours would make you smile
If I had a treasure chest
Full of gold bars I could knock you out
Full of topaz; you could drown in the blue
If I had tanzanite it would come and get you in the night
If I had a treasure chest
Full of money I would make it rain
If I had rings I would bring the pain
If I had pearls, you would never see me again.
Flint’s TreasureFootsteps approached Grandma and Jim
A small family, hungry and slim,
Behold, a pirate out of the blues,
Offering to give them money and food
The happily accept, unknown to them,
The adventure awaiting and a new friend.
Not long later another comes,
Jim not knowing where they’re from,
He asks for Flint’s Fist with might,
But the other says not without a fight,
They fumble and flip, stretch and twist,
Jim watched in awe and wonders what Flint’s Fist is.
The second one leaves with no avail,
While the other one is broken and pale,
Grandma calls doctor who hurries in time,
Unlucky for them he already died,
Jim sees a chest the pirate brought in,
And she says to herself that Flint’s Fist.
She opens the chest and looks inside,
An empty box, it’s a disguise.
She pulls the inside out and sees something,
It’s a map where the treasure’s hidden.
They look at the coordinates with much concentration,
And decide a ship is needed to get to their destination.
Grandma disagrees and says no
But doctor swore to protect her, now she can go.
Magistrate finds a ship and a crew,
Sadly, they’re not enough, what shall he do?
Out of nowhere a one-legged man,
Offers to help him with his plan.
Long John finds for him a crew,
Tall, strong, mighty and new
They boarded Hispaniola, their mighty ship,
With the waves as strong as a whip,
Jim and Long John soon become friends,
And taught her to read the stars ahead.
Long John not so friendly,
Planned with his mates for mutiny.
Jim heard his devious plan,
Then quietly took and hid the map.
Later on, he found out,
That she knew what it was all about.
They went to the Island and thought she was dead,
To get the treasure, they had to sacrifice heads.
As they were counting heads one, two, three
Jim met Ben Gunn in the sea.
He was the cabin boy of Captain Flint,
Everyone thought he was dead, but here he is.
Jim takes the ship to a safe place,
So when they’re done, they make take their voyage.
Jim went to look for her friends,
But long John convinced her they were dead.
They couldn’t find the treasure and heard a noise,
Thinking it was their Captain Flint’s voice.
The pirates went to look for treasure one more time,
Instead the coins fell on them, they all died.
Jim found her friends and danced happily,
With all the treasure, they sailed back on the sea.
Jim returned home with Ben Gunn and the treasure,
Grandma was so happy to hear about their adventure.
Ready for adventure
Every bit of gold
Lead ghost pirates
Long John SilverRusty old pirate,
Up to no good,
Sailing to the island,
For the treasure,
Lost for years.
But the betrayer,
Man with one leg,
And the other wooden,
Long John Silver.
The man you don’t double cross,
But if you try,
If you dare,
You will die,
And nobody will care.
Hopeless LossBeing a pirate is fun
Finding treasure is easy
I thought before
I saw how risky
All treasure islands
Are a trap!
And all the pirates
Are dirty liars!
My friends had left me
On this deadly island
With no hope.
As the time had passed
I became more desperate
All hungry, thirsty, depressed and dirty
No hope for me, no happy end.
My throat is burning
My stomach in pain
I lost track of time
As much as all my sanity
I don’t remember why I’m here
I don’t remember who I am
I don’t remember what’s remember
I don’t remember what is pain
The MurderAs they sailed across the sea
The waves crashed against each other, like the clouds up in the blue sky.
Once you look on board
You can see the two pirates on board
They shook hands and hugged each other
They were going to find the treasure.
Little did he know, Captain Flint had a different idea,
He was going to murder Silver, The heartless Flint was ready to strike
He awaited, for Silver shall have a cold death by the side of treasure
They arrived on the island, they went into the cave
There the treasure laid,
Silver looked at it
But Silver didn’t know
Captain Flint pulled his sword and right through
Silver’s chest it went
His corpse fresh on the floor they laid
As Flint pulled his sword out he knew it was over.
Treasure IslandGo to Treasure Island to find gold.
Big ship Hispaniola cross the oceans.
Danger Island, scary pirates.
Very old, mad and shiny treasure.
Fright, murder for the treasure.
Beautiful diamonds and shiny gold.
Old pirates and little parrot.
Black flags with two white bones.
Long John Silver is scary and greedy.
Danger Island is not scary for Jim.
Treasure IslandSailing on my ship
This island is hiding loot
I found the treasure
I found the Island sailing on the horizon,
Drinking all the rain.
Sailing through the open sea
Having a sword fight.
UntitledLong John Silver found silver and gold
Searching for treasure all day long
Keeping his precious Island safe and eating bait all day long.
Captain Flint sitting at Silver’s shoulder travelling around the sea for treasure,
Treasure for them is a pleasure.
Deserted IslandHearing the ship sail by,
For years and years have past
Now I know I’m destined to be here.
As I start to see hallucinations,
My brain is starting to tear
And I start talking to myself in fear.
Now I spend my days
Daydreaming, just maybe
I’ll escape someday.
Someone please, rescue me
Because now I am we.
Treasure IslandA small island in the middle of the ocean,
Uninhabited if you go there,
It may seem normal when you set foot on the Island,
But the Island is seething with prolonged anger.
A mystical creature larger than most,
Got stuck on this island deeper than most,
As it was stuck it sadly died,
And what’s left of the creature is its ribcage.
This tiny island contains treasure,
It’s worth £1,000,000,
Anyone who threatens the Island will meet the Island’s slow burning rage,
Due to its loyalty to captain flint.
The island has feelings like you and I,
It can be mad, it can be kind,
If you make the island reach breaking point,
It will be ruthless,
If the Island is generous,
It will reward you,
So always try to respect the island otherwise you will never leave it.
Treasure IslandWho will you believe?
The ships are sailing,
The ships are waving,
The sea is freezing,
The ship is creaking.
The treasure is golden,
The treasure is shining,
The pirates are in fear,
The pirates are fighting.
Someone is greedy,
Someone is needy.
Some people are in madness,
Some people are in kindness,
Some people are honest,
Some people are dishonest.
Long John Silver is a pirate,
Long John Silver is a leader.
Grump Love GrogGrump loves grog
But he’s trying to stay away from it
When he’s out for the count
It’s like a Mischief
He remembers a place
Where it always stays in his brain
And that was where the problem came
Grump loves grog
When he has one drop
He just can’t stop
The sweet, brown drink
With a side of hate
He wants to to stop but it is too late
Grump loves grog
It’s his sad place
And his happy place
He always finds himself
Back at the pub
The same old look on his face
DarknessOh pirates murdering for treasure
No kindness but only
Beautiful ocean and sunshine
Pirates laughing and having fun
And cheering around everywhere
Even sharing a joke and a meal.
The night falls,
The pirates took a step,
On the cursed island,
Following the map directions.
The arrival at the treasure
Now darkness began by
Murdering each other
Just for a treasure
All friendship forgotten
Lost in greed.
The ShipThe ship is old
The ship has been used
The ship is big
The ship is named Hispaniola
The ship belongs to Smollett.
The leader of the ship is Captain Smollett.
That’s what they all think, that I am the parrot of Long John Silver, I know how really in charge he is.
The Treasure IslandLong John Silver is a pirate and a leader
Long John Silver is scary and greedy
Long John Silver is strict and 40
Long John Silver has a parrot that is me.
Long John Silver is in the island to find the treasure.
Long John Silver is a villain.
Long John Silver is a murderer.
The One Legged WhistleThe waves crashing against the ship,
Whistle of the wind and the whistle of the one legged man
When the whistle blows,
The blood of the crew is all that flows
The blood of the captain, rich and mighty,
Stains the ship red as the one legged fellow
claims reign over the ship.
But the dreaded whistle
Blows once more
The dead crew is below
The fellow with the one leg
Is now the only one standing.
Origins of Treasure Island – Aye Aye Captain FlintOnce upon a time on the high seven seas
There was the most scariest pirate on the seven seas more scary than Black Beard
And the name of this treasure hunting and fearless Captain is Captain Flint.
The crew of Captain Flint are Black Dog which are always on the lookout.
Bill Bones, Harm Wretler and one of the members of the crew that drink grog.
He’s a threatening pirate and there’s Joan the goat, he’s kinda the brainless member of the crew and there is lucky ring that cleans Captain Flint’s clothes and there is Blind Pew, he’s been shot in the eyes in a fight, and lastly there is Long John Silver, the cook, and his helper Ben Gunn.
One day Captain Flint said to his crew ‘Ahoy me crew, as you all know, I have lots of treasure and I made a map of an island called Treasure Island, we are gonna bury the treasure.’
‘Aye they said.’
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