Gennie – Poetry Written by Children

Jonah and the whale









I would like to introduce to each of you Gennie, a 13 year old poet who lives in the USA.  She started writing at a very young age and is actually very good at it.  The pictures of Jonah and the whale were actually drawn by Ginnie and are very good. I love the way she wrote this poem in a way that is easy for readers of all ages to appreciate.


Jonah was a prophet from God,
His job today would seem odd
He rode upon a camel

God’s message to the people
Was not taught under steeples
But by men like him who traveled

One day when God came,
Life would not be the same
For the messenger Jonah

God gave him a fright
Saying” Go to the Ninevites
Tell them to repent”

Jonah’s heart said “No”
And Jonah would not go
He sailed in the opposite direction

Jonah boarded ship,
Fell asleep mid trip
The captain would wake him up

“How can you sleep through this?
How could you seem to be in such bliss?
Go pray to your God for he might save us”

Jonah soon understood the man
For the sea tossed the ship like a can
Still Jonah did not pray

The sailors were wailing
As they were sailing
Death they did not want

They soon tossed lots
To see if they could spot
The one whose fault it was.

From their pagan practice they concluded
That Jonah had done something convoluted
They asked him what should be done.

“Toss me into the sea
And then fine you’ll be.”
Jonah answered quickly.

After trying to do their own thing
They concluded something alarming
They had to do as Jonah said.

For forgiveness they did pray and pray
And on the ship Jonah did not stay
The tempest immediately calmed

Now there was a very large fish
Who had Jonah as his main dish
And into his belly Jonah went.

Then did Jonah repent
Soon God’s angel was sent
To tell him of what was to happen

“Three days must go
And then you’ll show
The Ninevites back to God.”

After three days the fish had
Indigestion that was bad
And threw Jonah up.

Smelly and rotten
But by God not forgotten
Jonah went to Ninevah.

To the people he talked
Soon people flocked
To repent of their many sins.

Jonah became mad
But God was very glad
With these peoples’ actions

Out to the desert Jonah went
Angered the people should repent
The sun soon wearied him through

But God took upon Jonah pity
Just as he had done with the city
But still a lesson was to be learned

Then again God came
To Jonah so he could tame
His wild rebellious heart

After God grew a weed
Jonah felt good indeed
The sun could not reach him

But to his dismay
Something ate its way
Through his precious weed

Then rage in his heart burned,
And to God his anger turned,
How could he have done this!

“I made all the creatures
And all their features
Should I not care about them?”

Now in a question this book ends
And this our hearts to God should rend
To listen to what God asks.

Do not run away from God
For He for sure is not a fraud
His power will always sustain you

Next time when to you God comes
Do not His holy message shun
For you will surely regret it.

Poem and drawing credit:




4 thoughts on “Gennie – Poetry Written by Children

      1. She did…she did what children do the best…she cut through the red tape and got to the point in simple terms.


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