Why Don’t We Float Away? [why-ku]

Howdy! Today, I’m sharing (late, since I woke up and thought–Ack, did I do a post for this morning?) another pair of why-ku from Why-ku: Poems of Wonder About the World.

Gravity [Why-ku]

My new 30 Painless Classroom Poems book: Why-ku

A Note from the Poet: [Carnival]

Sometimes you just have to let your weird brain take over when you write poems. The image of a balloon as a sky dog came to me first. Bizarre! So I figured a dog in the sky would want to chase something, and what’s up there? Clouds, of course!

A Note from the Poet: [Earth]

I like the double meaning of that last line: We can not say no. When someone invites us to do something, and we say, ?I couldn’t say no,? we usually mean that we would have felt guilty if we said no. So that meaning plays in here, along with the literal meaning that we can not say no to gravity. It’s an undeniable force of nature.

If you’re interested, you can find more info about my 30 Painless Classroom Poems series here. Thanks!

16 Responses

  1. I love the ‘sky dog’ too, Laura, & the further reference to gravity. A long time ago I had students imagine what it would be like if we had only partial gravity, what would happen, good and bad? Then they had to illustrate the thought. You’ve reminded me so it will be something to do next week (on vacation now) with students. Love this!

  2. I love the ‘sky dog’ too, Laura, & the further reference to gravity. A long time ago I had students imagine what it would be like if we had only partial gravity, what would happen, good and bad? Then they had to illustrate the thought. You’ve reminded me so it will be something to do next week (on vacation now) with students. Love this!

  3. I love your permission to let your weird brain take over. A mentor of mine once said that the best writers are the ones with the most permissions. I look forward to exploring more weird why-kus.

    1. I love that, Margaret! I’ve never heard it expressed like that. I’m going to use that in my next Young Writers Conference. “I give you all permission to be as weird as you can be–that makes us strong writers!” Thanks:>)

  4. I love your permission to let your weird brain take over. A mentor of mine once said that the best writers are the ones with the most permissions. I look forward to exploring more weird why-kus.

    1. I love that, Margaret! I’ve never heard it expressed like that. I’m going to use that in my next Young Writers Conference. “I give you all permission to be as weird as you can be–that makes us strong writers!” Thanks:>)

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