Riddle-Ku! [hold cold]

Riddle-ku (National Poetry Month 2014)

 

Riddle-Ku of the Day

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I hold cold inside
Unfold me out, make a spout
I’m a white mustache
–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved
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HINT 1:

 

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HINT 2:

 

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Photos by Laura Purdie Salas

TITLE (AND ANSWER):

MILK CARTON

 

[Educators, please click here to see a roundup of the entire month’s riddle-ku and also to get suggestions for using these riddle-ku with your students.]

UPDATE: My riddle-ku are now available in Kindle and paperback as Riddle-ku: Haiku for Very Close Reading (along with tons of great auxiliary materials for teachers), part of the 30 PAINLESS CLASSROOM POEMS series.

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Riddle-ku: Book 2 in the 30 Painless Classroom Poems series

20 Responses

  1. YAY!! I got it today. And love it. I was thinking fridge at first! But I held myself open to taking in all the clues this time without jumping to a conclusion too soon! (Just like some of my former students/“kids” would do)! Though I bet they love these so much, they would learn to take it all in before guessing!!!
    A thought: I might change the last line to say “Soon, a white moustache” or “find a white moustache”.….but does that take away from the metaphor idea? I don’t know. I am thinking that if the answer is milk carton, and not milk.…it might not make technical sense to a kid (like I would have been).…..though this is simply food for thought!! (And nothing critical. I know you know that, but others might not! So just sayin’) And you may have a reason for your choice!
    Wonderful NaPoMo project, Laura. So much of what I love about poetry for kids!! Fun, educational, enriching, creative, appealing and more, all rolled into a haiku poem!

    1. Thanks, Janet–I had a blast with it. Funny about the last line. I thought about “I make mustaches,” initially. But…I did like the metaphor of the carton actually calling itself a white mustache. Could go either way–and of course I love feedback and appreciate any and all thoughts:>) Happy Easter, Janet!

      1. Happy Easter to you, Laura. I am waiting to learn about when these will be a book!!
        Wonderful!
        Can’t wait to share with the kids!
        Janet

        1. Happy Easter, Janet–thanks for the video. I love Leonard Cohen’s original (one of my favorite songs–so haunting), so I’m partial to that one, but the Easter story rewrite was indeed stunning:>)

          And…I’m thinking of turning these into an ebook for teachers–$2.99, maybe 50 riddle-ku, using my own photos. We’ll see… :>)

  2. YAY!! I got it today. And love it. I was thinking fridge at first! But I held myself open to taking in all the clues this time without jumping to a conclusion too soon! (Just like some of my former students/“kids” would do)! Though I bet they love these so much, they would learn to take it all in before guessing!!!
    A thought: I might change the last line to say “Soon, a white moustache” or “find a white moustache”.….but does that take away from the metaphor idea? I don’t know. I am thinking that if the answer is milk carton, and not milk.…it might not make technical sense to a kid (like I would have been).…..though this is simply food for thought!! (And nothing critical. I know you know that, but others might not! So just sayin’) And you may have a reason for your choice!
    Wonderful NaPoMo project, Laura. So much of what I love about poetry for kids!! Fun, educational, enriching, creative, appealing and more, all rolled into a haiku poem!

    1. Thanks, Janet–I had a blast with it. Funny about the last line. I thought about “I make mustaches,” initially. But…I did like the metaphor of the carton actually calling itself a white mustache. Could go either way–and of course I love feedback and appreciate any and all thoughts:>) Happy Easter, Janet!

      1. Happy Easter to you, Laura. I am waiting to learn about when these will be a book!!
        Wonderful!
        Can’t wait to share with the kids!
        Janet

        1. Happy Easter, Janet–thanks for the video. I love Leonard Cohen’s original (one of my favorite songs–so haunting), so I’m partial to that one, but the Easter story rewrite was indeed stunning:>)

          And…I’m thinking of turning these into an ebook for teachers–$2.99, maybe 50 riddle-ku, using my own photos. We’ll see… :>)

  3. I couldn’t get this one at first
    Fold me out seamed to confuse me
    Till I saw the pic I do like it like the last line

  4. I couldn’t get this one at first
    Fold me out seamed to confuse me
    Till I saw the pic I do like it like the last line

  5. Unfold me out — I,m wondering if there’s a beater way of saying that maybe try leaving out off or put open in its place

    1. After reading the poem a few times and hearing you read it I realy like it the way it is hope you have a Wonderful Easter

  6. Unfold me out — I,m wondering if there’s a beater way of saying that maybe try leaving out off or put open in its place

    1. After reading the poem a few times and hearing you read it I realy like it the way it is hope you have a Wonderful Easter

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