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Still my beating mind

Hugo's Poem, Winner, 4-7 years

WINNER, 4-7 years


Who created it?

Hugo, age 7



"I am seven years-old. I quite like reading and writing. I try to spend as much time with family as I can."


My creative response

A Stormy Mind 

I’ve tormented those sailors, bad spirits I have sent,

Is that not enough, to force them to repent? 

They’ve been mean to me, but should I forgive them,

And let them steer the wooden ship at its mighty helm. 

A turn or two I’ll walk, to still my beating mind,

That often helps to stop bad thoughts I find.


My mind is whirring, my imagination buzzing,

My memories in a sea,

Those men who are so evil, when I picture them only murderers I see.

But maybe hope for my ruthless relatives is here,

For I do not want to be a wizard, from whom people live in fear. 

A turn or two I’ll take, to still my beating mind,

My past troubles with my brother I shall put behind.



About my creative response

"I did a poem and used a handwriting pen. In the poem I put myself in the place of Prospero."


What does this Shakespeare quote mean to you?

"I feel that when I am sad, anxious or angry, being near a loved one helps."


What do you do to ‘still your beating mind’?

"I read fiction books with my sister to calm myself and in my second year of school I helped all my friends with learning."


Who is your favourite Shakespeare character?

"I like Oberon from A Midsummer Night’s Dream but my favourite character is Prospero. The Tempest is my favourite play."