I love rocks, and they show up a lot in my poetry!
Here’s my drafting process.
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I have rocks everywhere, some pretty, some are favorites! I like the idea of this ‘magic rock” bringing strength, Laura!
I love, love, love seeing your composing process! The chart fascinates me. And now I’m wonder about your process for other forms, like your equation poems and your riddle poems. Do you do the same thing for them? Or is it something completely different?
Thanks, Carole. This is something new I’m trying sometimes. Tanita Davis shared it with me. (I don’t remember where she learned it.) You take a basic topic and come up with 6 words that occur to you and make a chart. Then you look at each of those 6 words and come up with 6 more words about each one (not trying to connect it back to that first word–just doing word association). I didn’t use much from it in this super short poem, but in a couple of other instances, it’s been really cool/useful for making unexpected and fresh connections and approaching a topic in a different way. I haven’t tried it yet with equation poems or riddle-ku, but I sure could. Just a way of pondering on a topic…
Laura, I love the emotion and heart in this poem! I resonate with this poem because I collected rocks as a child and continued collecting into adulthood. One of my children collected rocks, also. I can see children identifying and loving this poem! I love your process. Thank you for sharing everything.