Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
Last week, I was honored to spend three days with 4th and 5th graders playing with poetry. We wrote 15 Words or Less Poems, Paint Chip Poems, Things To Do If You Are… Poems, I Am Poems, Found Poems (using pages from National Geographic that were just one big picture plus a caption or very short paragraph), and Equation Poems. We wrote quickly and wildly. We wrote quietly and noisily. We didn’t get to ALL of the poetic forms I would have loved to write with them, but that’s okay. (I only had three hours total with each class, one hour per day.) Because in addition to writing poems, they shared their work with the room. They asked questions about both my work and their own writing. We talked about the difference between writing for a grade or for a boss and writing for the sheer joy of creating something, We talked about risk, about the essential fact that every single one of them has creativity worth expressing–whether other people get it or not. And we had fun! At least, I hope they had fun. And I hope when they left, they took–along with their envelope full of poems written on index cards, lettering strips, magazine pages, neon pink paper; and their new notebooks, pencils, and bookmarks–a sense of adventure about playing with creativity and self-expression.
This week, I’m sharing a poem about metaphors, which appeared in the very first Poetry Friday Anthology.
How Is a Meadow an Ocean?
A meadow’s an ocean with wild waves of wheat
Thunder’s a drummer that’s keeping storm’s beat
A bus is a puppy that runs down the street
A desk is a robot with round, metal feet
A metaphor’s a window that changes our view,
A gift to unwrap something old made brand new
–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved
Thank you, media specialist Margaret Boege, all the staff at Isanti Intermediate School, and the Minnesota Department of Education–which organized this program. Here are a few photos from my residency (used with permission).
And for lots of wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with Dani at Doing the Work that Matters!