Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome, everyone! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.) Before I share today’s poem, I’m inviting you to check out my Halloween riddle-ku that I shared on Wednesday. I also shared an invitation for people who have a young student or family member who might be willing to be in a book video (with parents’ permission). So please hop back to check that out if you think that’s you. I’m excited because the excellent Margaret Simon has already sent me a video! Yay! I’ll need at least 5–6 responses to make it work, so fingers crossed.
I spent the first half of this week in Florida, on a stressful and difficult family trip. Ugh. Aging and family dynamics are not for the wimpy, I tell ya. And I got terribly sick with an icky upper respiratory infection. Didn’t sleep well for several nights and had to cancel a storytime, which made me sad! But the not sleeping…ugh. So even though I wrote this poem several weeks ago, it’s an apropos poem to share this week!
This month, the Poetry Sisters tried out dansas. I’m copying Tanita’s explanation of a dansa here: Its opening quintrain (5 lines) is followed by quatrains (4 lines), with a quintrain rhyme scheme of AbbaA and the quatrain bbaA. You’ll note that A repeats because the opening line of the first stanza is the final line of every stanza, including the first.
I was on the flight down to Florida when the Poetry Sisters did their live write last week, so I had no chance to talk about this form with my peeps. But as I wrote it, since I did a short (of course) version, it felt a lot like writing a triolet. Although I didn’t have long to explore the form, I had fun writing my draft.
First, I looked at my Poem Ideas document and picked this from earlier in the month:
10/7/22: Poem idea: ideas like fish swimming around in my head. I want them to be like the whales that pause and sleep hanging upside down in the vast ocean, still and drifting on waves of sleep. But instead they are like sharks, endlessly navigating my brain.
Then I did some rhyme brainstorming:
Sharks are swimming in my head
And then I wrote! Here’s draft 2:
Also, no sympathy needed. I actually rarely have insomnia. It’s just that when I do, I am totally ticked off about it! Hehe.
Here’s what the rest of the crew did. Can’t wait to see what everyone (maybe you, too!) came up with.
Click here to see all our previous Poetry Princesses collaborations.
Also, you’re invited to our challenge in the month of November! Here’s the scoop: we’re creating recipe poems! Your choice of form, length, meter, or topic, but each poem will be an assemblage of elements, using recipe text/cooking instructions to create …something. From a recipe for disaster, to your favorite aperitif, you have a month to craft your creation and serve it forth on November 25th in a post and/or on social media with the tag #PoetryPals.And don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup, hosted this week by the wonderful Jone, who’s always sharing fabulous photos and poems!
Finally, Jone has the Poetry Friday Roundup here. I wish all students were lucky enough to benefit from the kind of poetry passion that Jone and other Poetry Friday teachers and former teachers share…