poetryaction for Wherever You Go

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For Wherever You Go,?I wondered how I would describe my own perfect path. And I wanted to use rhyme, which this book by Pat Zietlow Miller (beautifully illustrated by Eliza Wheeler) does in such a lovely way. I think it would be fun to have students write (but not necessarily in rhyme!) about the qualities of their own “perfect path.”

Oh, dear. Maybe it’s too small to read. Here’s the poem by itself:

My Path

I want the path
that surfs the seas,
sails down mountains,
rides a breeze
through towns and cities,
countrysides,
that grasps then runs
like ocean tides.

I want the path
of sparkling tiles
with mother-of-pearl
stretched out for miles,
with cushy foam
to hug my feet,
with cobblestones
on a crooked street

I want the path
that swerves and curves?
the scenic route
that soothes my nerves,
that slows at times
but never ends,
that’s always wide enough
for friends

–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved

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18 Responses

  1. Laura,
    I’m so glad your path is always wide enough for friends. Your poem was beautiful. It was fun to journey with you.

  2. Laura,
    I’m so glad your path is always wide enough for friends. Your poem was beautiful. It was fun to journey with you.

  3. Laura, I am new to your website site. I love your clever and and imaginative poetryaction idea pairing poems with a favorite picture books. There are so many possibilities with this idea in the classroom teaching poetry and even for adults who want to start out with a small idea developing poetry in their busy lives.

    1. Thank you, Sue, and welcome! That is one of my biggest hopes with poetryactions–to invite poetry in a small, organic way into our lives (whether we’re students or adults:>)

  4. Laura, I am new to your website site. I love your clever and and imaginative poetryaction idea pairing poems with a favorite picture books. There are so many possibilities with this idea in the classroom teaching poetry and even for adults who want to start out with a small idea developing poetry in their busy lives.

    1. Thank you, Sue, and welcome! That is one of my biggest hopes with poetryactions–to invite poetry in a small, organic way into our lives (whether we’re students or adults:>)

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