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So it's March. Still winter, doggone it. Though I must say, I am enjoying this School Lite schedule -- each week we've had late starts and a Snow Day or Ice Day or No-Snow Day. Like the rest of the country, I am really, really, really longing for sunshine and warm breezes. Bring it!
This week I discovered a post on Oprah Winfrey's website called "How to Write a Poem.
Basically it's a list of 12 prompts, and then a shorter list of instructions about how to turn the raw list into a poem. Kind of like Paint-by-Numbers or Dot-to-Dot -- except with more opportunity for inspired splashes and U-turns.
Sample from my notebook:
1. 5 things you did today, in order:
Answered the phone
put on fuzzy socks
turned up heat
put dog out
poured cereal in
2. name 3 colors real quick
You get the idea! So, I made my list, and below is the poem that emerged. I don't know what it means, if anything... but kind of a fun no-snow-day exercise. Try it and see!
Poem for Oprah
Was it worth it?
You put on your
feed the swans as
pelt the once-cheery
As you sing, so
shall you shriek.
a fish thrashing a salt-slick
deck, hook sinking sinking
You'll feel better in the morning.
out of your hyacinth slicker.
Whatever you do,
- Irene Latham
And now: It's that time again! National Poetry Month (April) will soon be upon us, which means it is time again to sign up for our annual KIDLITOSPHERE PROGRESSIVE POEM, I invite you to choose your day and add your information to this Google Spreadsheet
ETA: ***Thank you, Beautiful Poets! Our 2015 is now FULL!***
Here's how it works:
Poetry Friday Friends and other poetry lovers are invited to join in a community writing experience during National Poetry Month (April).
What is it?
a poem that travels daily from blog to blog, with each host adding a line, beginning April 1. Anyone who wants to join in the fun can sign up on the Google Spreadsheet!
Once we have a schedule, I will be send via email the HTML code to include in your post and/or sidebar so that readers might follow along/look back/look forward. And feel free to snag the above graphic!
Can't wait to see where our poem will take us this year! (To view poems from previous years, click on the Progressive Poem tab above.)
Happy Poetry Friday, everyone!