Tiny Spoon Magnipoem

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During National Poetry Month, I’m posting a magnipoem each day that I can. That’s a poem inspired by my simply looking at an object under a magnifying glass for 1 minute each day, and then jotting a poem. Feel free to try this with students (you can have them just get up close and personal to something and study it closely for a minute). If you want to share online, tag me (@LauraPSalas) or share here in the comments!


I love tiny spoons so much. Tiny forks too. But tiny spoons really steal my heart. For today’s magnipoem, I looked at the spoon, and it was reflecting the twinkle lights on the ceiling.

And here’s my process. This time, it was mostly just a list, with a rough draft just above it. I added a few words for clarity as I made the graphic.

And for lots of wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with poet Irene Latham. She has lots of exciting news to share!

30 Responses

  1. These ‘magnipoems’ are so great, Laura! I love the ‘liquid sky’!

  2. Oh my heavens I LOVE the way you have constructed the graphic for these, Laura! Are you using Canva? The whole idea is pretty genius. Oh wait–it’s LAURA. Duh. And you’re giving Valerie Worth all over the place…“sparkling fish in the shallow sky,” “a woven flow,” “frosted in silver”!

    1. Yep, Canva :>) And THANK YOU for the huge compliment. This is my favorite magnipoem of the several I’ve done so far, but to be giving Worth is really something to shoot for. Thanks, Heidi!

    1. Thanks, Rose. Since these are short and scribbled by hand, it does make sharing the process a bit easier :>)

  3. Laura, I love imagining the spoon full of stars in the “liquid sky.” I have a tiny tiny spoon collection too, for serving tea.

    1. Thanks, Denise. And tiny spoons are the best :>) I use mine most often for applesauce and yogurt!

  4. Your tiny spoon sounds adorable and fascinating! I agree with Heidi, Valerie Worth has nothing on you!

  5. from a tiny spoon, stars! joy! (and i’m giggling that it all took place apparently at 9pm … 🙂

    1. Thanks, Patricia. And, hehe–very little creative happens for me at 9pm. But the bottom of my daily calendar is usually empty, so most of my scribbles have been happening in that physical space–even though not that temporal space :>D

  6. I always love seeing your process! These magnipoems are so fun! Yesterday, at a tulip farm, I bought some homemade fudge and it came with a tiny knife! So brilliant on their part. I sliced off a bit to nibble on the way home.

  7. I love the reversal in your poem–the ceiling lights swimming like fish in liquid sky. Thanks for the peek at your process (and wow–I can read all your notes, unlike my chicken scratch.) BTW, the link you left at Irene’s doesn’t seem to work?

  8. I’ll never look at my tiny spoons (purchased in Italy) the same way again!

  9. I had the hardest time getting to your blog through the linky gadget…finally gave up and just googled your name. But, here I am! OK, that is definitely a new way to create a poem. Wow! I do love the stars splashing down…I’ll take at least a serving. Maybe more since it’s a tiny spoon 🙂

  10. I love tiny spoons and this poem is a terrific example of focusing on the little things. I’m really enjoying this whole series.

  11. I like your “shallow/liquid sky” and star-like fish, so much imagery in your lines, lovely Laura, thanks!

  12. Hi Laura, that’s me, Michelle K. as anonymously late… with the star-like fish comment.

  13. Wow, Laura. I love seeing your process. I love how your stars are sparkling fish in a liquid sky. Liquid sky is cool. I can clearly see your imagery. Thank you for another fantastic magnipoem. Your poems bring me joy.

    1. That makes me so happy! And this one just kind of spilled out. It’s my favorite so far…

  14. Oh, this is beautiful Laura! From start to finish, the imagery here pulled me into sensory delight. My silverware drawer may never look the same… thank you!

  15. I’ve been reading your magnipoems on Instagram. This one is such a magical reflection. Thanks for sharing the process, too.

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