Earthquake Poem-Devon, 11, Clearview Primary

Buildings falling, people crushed
It’s not uncommon now
People screaming on the streets
Just wondering how
The quake could cause such destruction
Sewage on the street
People looting everywhere
Causing such deceit
I know a lady who lost her legs
She was working on the press
Lots of missing people
Causing families stress
Time, location, size
Is what made this the worst
Water rushing everywhere
From a major pipe that burst
But in comparison I am lucky
Because I still have my limbs
But once there is an earthquake
Nobody wins.

11 Responses to “Earthquake Poem-Devon, 11, Clearview Primary”

  1. Lori Tussey says:

    Devon, thank you for writing and sharing your poem. I am sorry about the earthquake, but I am glad you are okay. I just wanted you to know that someone in America is thinking of you and your family and friends and wishing you well.

  2. that was an outstanding story about the chch quake wow wow wow wow wow great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Ella says:

    Wow, you are quite right Devon, nobody wins.

    I am delighted you have seen how well off you are too, I hope those of us in the rest of the country and those not affected by the earthquake realise too how well off we are.

    You obviously have a talent in writing and I hope you will be able to make more use of it in the years to come. These gifts need to be nurtured and recognised by others, just maybe ….this may be a way to win something out of the earthquake.

    Thinking of you lots and hope the healing comes soon.
    From Ella in Auckland.

  4. Deborah says:

    Hello Devon,

    I think your poem is very successful because your thoughts have touched people. Tonight I feel like a winner to have found and read your poem, whilst my children are doing their studies.
    There are some jewels that have been unearthed in Christchurch – it is the people – thank you very much for sharing your feelings Devon, and son’t be afraid to write some more :)

    Deborah, Australia

  5. Jessica says:

    Devon, You are an amazing boy thank you for writting such a fabulous poem which will touch the hearts of many. I admit I got a bit teary reading it :)

    Thinking of you through this trying time,

  6. Kitty and Griffin says:

    What a very moving poem, Devon. You clearly have a huge talent in writing. I hope you and your family are getting a little back to normal and wish you all the very best for the future.

  7. Cathie says:

    Hi Devon – Cathie from Blenheim here, I’m very proud of you – very well written.

  8. Lynnette King says:

    Dear Devon

    I envy your use of words you made this peom come alive. I believe someday you will write a novel or a book of peoms. It is my pleasure to be your Nana and watch you grow and enjoy your school at Clearview. I am so proud of you.

    Love Nana King

  9. Good Luck,

    From Xavier & Louis

  10. Simon says:


    Nice poem. Well done. As you said, this affects everyone. There are just no winners.

  11. Hi Devon – Anaru and Jayden from auckland here, we are very proud of you ,very well written :D

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