Paint Chip Poetry #playingwithpoetrynpm

A paint chip poem inspired by Elisabeth Ellington who was inspired by an I am exercise in Susan Goldsmith Woodbridge’s book, Poemcrazy, Freeing Your Life with Words.

Paint chips are amazing. Go on over to the hardware store and load up. I want a second set right now. Devoid of verbs, paint chip names abound with adjectives and nouns. To complete this exercise like the mentor, I transposed one title and added articles, prepositions and the sentence stems from the exercise. This was fun.

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Poemcrazy exercise

Just pile on words. Don’t think. See images. Daydream with words. Wander. Go crazy defining yourself…

 

 

 

 

What I Am

I am seasoned salt,

the pencil sketch of early September.

The clear vista of my heart

is a stargazer on a September morning.

I am every growing season

keeping promises of a new day on

a distant shore.

I don’t know soft secrets or solemn silence.

I’m a blazing bonfire in the

Chicago fog,

a summer dragonfly at a lawn party.

I want to be a rolling pebble,

A sand pearl, a hush in beach grass.

Take Me Out

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Today our fun loving school friends created an opening day feast complete with steamed hotdogs with all the trimming,  popcorn, and cracker jacks.  Here’s a little poem in honor of that indulgence.  

 

Ballpark hot dogs

In that amazing cooker

the warm sun

laughter

cracker jacks

peanuts

it takes us all back to a

sunny summer day when

all was well and we

were the kings and queens

of the world

or perhaps princes and princesses

when all our dreams came true

in the crack of a bat

thanks for that feeling

May it carry us for many days.

It doesn’t add up 

 

Calendar with pushpinsApril Calendar Math

April 1, 2017

11 weeks of school

14 more days of bus duty

13 more schedule child study meetings

1 month missing from intervention because of:

10 days of MCAS administration

10 days of benchmarking

6 vacation days

3 days of data meetings

2 conference ½ days

1 field trip
Not enough time

Poetry Sunday: Yardstick Haiku #SOL17

IMG_3688Poetry Sunday~  #yardstickhaiku

March 12, 2017

 

Kindergarten kids

Time for play

Everything’s new

 

First graders ready

For reading

And writing ideas

 

Second grade learning

New techniques

Characters and plot

 

Third grade curious

About world

Opinions abound

 

Fourth grade noticing

How things work

Showing what you know

 

Inspired by  Mary Lee Hahn in  A Year of Reading, #haikuforhealing

and my dear friend, Anna Martin, for always keeping Yardsticks on my mind.  

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I am participating in the Slice of Life challenge to write and publish a post every day in March.

Slice of Life is hosted by Two Writing Teachers. I thank them for the community they provide. Read more slices here.