Monday, April 24, 2017

Writing the Rainbow #24 - Asparagus


Welcome to my National Poetry Month project for 2017!  Students - Each day of April 2017, I will close my eyes, and I will reach into my box of 64 Crayola crayons.

Aerial View of Crayola Box
Photo by Georgia LV

Each day I will choose a crayon (without looking), pulling this crayon out of the box. This daily selected crayon will in some way inspire the poem for the next day.  Each day of this month, I will choose a new crayon, thinking and writing about one color every day for a total of 30 poems inspired by colors.

As of April 2, it happened that my poems took a turn to all be from the point of view of a child living in an apartment building.  So, you'll notice this thread running through the month of colors. I'd not planned this...it was a writing surprise.

I welcome any classrooms of poets who wish to share class poems (class poems only please) related to each day's color (the one I choose or your own).  Please post your class poem or photograph of any class crayon poem goodness to our Writing the Rainbow Padlet HERE.  (If you have never posted on a Padlet, it is very easy.  Just double click on the red background, and a box will appear.  Write in this box, and upload any poemcrayon sharings you wish.)

Here is a list of this month's Writing the Rainbow Poems so far:


And now...today's crayon.  Asparagus!

Pets Love Friends
by Amy LV




Students - You might recall that a few days ago, our young speaker was talking about eating peanut butter and apricot jam on the stoop with a friend.  Well, for today's poem, I got to thinking about what these two pals might do after eating. Most children and adults that I know like playing with their pets after school.  Enter Asparagus, the apartment lizard.

This was just plain fun to write.  I enjoyed fiddling around with the different sounds and just letting them roll over me.  I think that picking such a silly color name and such a silly word got me in this silly mood.  I did notice, while writing, that this poem ends much like my poem Kindness.  But I still like it, so it's staying. Writers have themes.  This is one of mine.

Why a lizard named Asparagus?  Well, to be honest, it may be because I met a small, sweet white girl kitty named Richard this weekend.  Perhaps unusual names are on my mind.

If you are Writing the Rainbow with me, perhaps your color for today will make you want to play with words and experiment with sounds. Perhaps you will be reminded of something you believe deeply or of a kind act you remember from your own life. Or maybe you'll have a completely surprising, new and totally different inspiration. That's the neat part of writing.

Colors can take us anywhere.  And if you'd like to join in with your own poem at our Writing the Rainbow Padlet, please do! It is one colorful and beautiful place to visit..

Today I am hosting the 2017 progressive poem!  Find this in my last post.  Only six days left to wrap it up!

And please don't miss the links to all kinds of Poetry Month goodness up there in my upper left sidebar.  Happy twenty-fourth day of National Poetry Month!

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The 2017 Progressive Poem is Here Today!


We're off again on (and in the homestretch of) another progressive poem!  Thank you, Irene Latham, of Live Your Poem, for always setting us off on this friendly month-long word-adventure.

I'm line 24 (the last line so far) here.  Ruth, of There is no such thing as a God-forsaken town, kindly handed off stanza 7 off with power and movement and pirate-ness. 

For today, it felt right to introduce a new character...and following the dragon-pirateness with a parrot felt right too. Since my friend Robyn is next, in line for line 25, I chose to name the parrot after her. (Yes, I asked.)

If you'd like to read about how each line has grown to the next, the daily bloggers have each been sharing a little bit of information about his or her line. You can see the complete list of participants in my left sidebar (during April 2017) or revisit the poem and its history along with past progressive poems at Irene's blog HERE.

Here's the whole poem so far...with my one added line:

I’m fidget, friction, ragged edges–
I sprout stories that frazzle-dazzle,
stories of castles, of fires that crackle
with dragonwords that smoke and sizzle.

But edges sometimes need sandpaper,
like swords need stone and clouds need vapour.
So I shimmy out of my spurs and armour
facing the day as my fickle, freckled self.

I thread the crowd, wear freedom in my smile,
and warm to the coals of conversation.
Enticed to the stage by strands of story,
I skip up the stairs in anticipation.

Flip around, face the crowd, and freeze!
Shiver me. Look who’s here. Must I disappear?
By hook or by crook, I deserve a second look!
I cheer. Please, have no fear. Find the book.

But wait! I’ll share the lines I know by heart.
Mythicalhowls, fierytones slip from my lip
Blue scales flash, claws rip, the prophecy begins
Dragonworld weaves webs that grip. I take a trip…

“Anchors aweigh!” Steadfast at helm on clipper ship,
a topsail schooner, with sails unfurled, speeds away
As, true-hearted dragon pirate, I sashay
with my wise parrot, Robyn, through the spray.

Take it away, my wise and colorful friend Robyn, over at Life on the Deckle Edge....

Please don't miss the links to all kinds of Poetry Month goodness up there in my upper left sidebar during this month.  Happy twenty-third day of National Poetry Month!  Today's color (in a different post) is ASPARAGUS, so perfect for spring!

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Writing the Rainbow #23 - Black


Welcome to my National Poetry Month project for 2017!  Students - Each day of April 2017, I will close my eyes, and I will reach into my box of 64 Crayola crayons.

Aerial View of Crayola Box
Photo by Georgia LV

Each day I will choose a crayon (without looking), pulling this crayon out of the box. This daily selected crayon will in some way inspire the poem for the next day.  Each day of this month, I will choose a new crayon, thinking and writing about one color every day for a total of 30 poems inspired by colors.

As of April 2, it happened that my poems took a turn to all be from the point of view of a child living in an apartment building.  So, you'll notice this thread running through the month of colors. I'd not planned this...it was a writing surprise.

I welcome any classrooms of poets who wish to share class poems (class poems only please) related to each day's color (the one I choose or your own).  Please post your class poem or photograph of any class crayon poem goodness to our Writing the Rainbow Padlet HERE.  (If you have never posted on a Padlet, it is very easy.  Just double click on the red background, and a box will appear.  Write in this box, and upload any poemcrayon sharings you wish.)

Here is a list of this month's Writing the Rainbow Poems so far:


And now...today's crayon.  Black!

Some Are Sleeping...Some are Not
by Amy LV




Students - Today's poem is a sonnet, a fourteen line poem written in iambic pentameter (da DA da DA da DA da DA da DA).  It's in Shakespearean sonnet style, with three quatrains and an ending couplet. Often during a National Poetry Month challenge, I take on a sonnet.  It's a puzzle and great fun to count the syllables and most importantly, still make sense.

When I rhyme, my first goal is to be sure that the rhyme does not distract from what the poem wishes to say.

If you are Writing the Rainbow with me, perhaps your color for today will inspire you to write in a form such as a sonnet or a haiku or a limerick. Once in a while I play with form, though if you visit here often, you may have noticed that I usually do not write in named forms, but sometimes...I do!  Perhaps your poem will take you to nighttime or to a different time of day than you usually explore.

Colors can take us anywhere.  And if you'd like to join in with your own poem at our Writing the Rainbow Padlet, please do! It is one colorful and beautiful place to visit..

And please don't miss the links to all kinds of Poetry Month goodness up there in my upper left sidebar.  Happy twenty-third day of National Poetry Month!

Please share a comment below if you wish.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Writing the Rainbow Poem #22 - Yellow Green


Welcome to my National Poetry Month project for 2017!  Students - Each day of April 2017, I will close my eyes, and I will reach into my box of 64 Crayola crayons.

Aerial View of Crayola Box
Photo by Georgia LV

Each day I will choose a crayon (without looking), pulling this crayon out of the box. This daily selected crayon will in some way inspire the poem for the next day.  Each day of this month, I will choose a new crayon, thinking and writing about one color every day for a total of 30 poems inspired by colors.

As of April 2, it happened that my poems took a turn to all be from the point of view of a child living in an apartment building.  So, you'll notice this thread running through the month of colors. I'd not planned this...it was a writing surprise.

I welcome any classrooms of poets who wish to share class poems (class poems only please) related to each day's color (the one I choose or your own).  Please post your class poem or photograph of any class crayon poem goodness to our Writing the Rainbow Padlet HERE.  (If you have never posted on a Padlet, it is very easy.  Just double click on the red background, and a box will appear.  Write in this box, and upload any poemcrayon sharings you wish.)

Here is a list of this month's Writing the Rainbow Poems so far:


And now...today's crayon.  Yellow Green!

Wild Worlds in Eyes
by Amy LV




Students - I was missing Misty back from April 1 and April 4...so she's back today - just her eyes.  Have you ever looked into the eyes of an animal and seen something wild and mysterious?  Ever wished that the animal could tell you secrets of the past and of other places?  I have.

If you are Writing the Rainbow with me, perhaps your color for today will make you think about mysteries....in animals or elsewhere. Part of what makes living interesting is mystery...don't you think?

Take note of the repetition in today's poem.  Did you see that the first line of each of the three stanzas is exactly the same?  What do you notice about the rhyming words?  Feel free to try out either this way of repeating a line or this way of patterning rhyme.  It's interesting to experiment with different structures.

Colors can take us anywhere.  And if you'd like to join in with your own poem at our Writing the Rainbow Padlet, please do! It is one colorful and beautiful place to visit..

And please don't miss the links to all kinds of Poetry Month goodness up there in my upper left sidebar.  Happy twenty-second day of National Poetry Month!

Please share a comment below if you wish.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Writing the Rainbow Poem #21 - Apricot


Welcome to my National Poetry Month project for 2017!  Students - Each day of April 2017, I will close my eyes, and I will reach into my box of 64 Crayola crayons.

Aerial View of Crayola Box
Photo by Georgia LV

Each day I will choose a crayon (without looking), pulling this crayon out of the box. This daily selected crayon will in some way inspire the poem for the next day.  Each day of this month, I will choose a new crayon, thinking and writing about one color every day for a total of 30 poems inspired by colors.

As of April 2, it happened that my poems took a turn to all be from the point of view of a child living in an apartment building.  So, you'll notice this thread running through the month of colors. I'd not planned this...it was a writing surprise.

I welcome any classrooms of poets who wish to share class poems (class poems only please) related to each day's color (the one I choose or your own).  Please post your class poem or photograph of any class crayon poem goodness to our Writing the Rainbow Padlet HERE.  (If you have never posted on a Padlet, it is very easy.  Just double click on the red background, and a box will appear.  Write in this box, and upload any poemcrayon sharings you wish.)

Here is a list of this month's Writing the Rainbow Poems so far:


And now...today's crayon. Apricot!

Snacks on the Stoop
by Amy LV




Students - Apricot made me think of trees and of fruits and of goodies.  Apricot muffins and pastries and jam.  Today's poem is about a ritual, something our young friend does daily.  We all have little parts of our lives that repeat again and again, not necessarily big events like holidays but small motions and choices, like the way I drink tea from my big mug or the way I begin each new notebook with a scattering of favorite quotes.

If you are Writing the Rainbow with me, perhaps your color for today will remind you of a ritual: a real one from your life, one from another's life, or an invented ritual.  Or maybe not.

You'll notice that today's poem has only two rhyming words.  Just two.

Colors can take us anywhere.  And if you'd like to join in with your own poem at our Writing the Rainbow Padlet, please do! It is one colorful and beautiful place to visit..

And please don't miss the links to all kinds of Poetry Month goodness up there in my upper left sidebar.  Happy twenty-first day of National Poetry Month!

Tabatha is hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup over at her online home, The Opposite of Indifference.  Do not miss the exquisite video she shares today. 

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Writing the Rainbow Poem #20 - Timberwolf


Welcome to my National Poetry Month project for 2017!  Students - Each day of April 2017, I will close my eyes, and I will reach into my box of 64 Crayola crayons.

Aerial View of Crayola Box
Photo by Georgia LV

Each day I will choose a crayon (without looking), pulling this crayon out of the box. This daily selected crayon will in some way inspire the poem for the next day.  Each day of this month, I will choose a new crayon, thinking and writing about one color every day for a total of 30 poems inspired by colors.

As of April 2, it happened that my poems took a turn to all be from the point of view of a child living in an apartment building.  So, you'll notice this thread running through the month of colors. I'd not planned this...it was a writing surprise.

I welcome any classrooms of poets who wish to share class poems (class poems only please) related to each day's color (the one I choose or your own).  Please post your class poem or photograph of any class crayon poem goodness to our Writing the Rainbow Padlet HERE.  (If you have never posted on a Padlet, it is very easy.  Just double click on the red background, and a box will appear.  Write in this box, and upload any poemcrayon sharings you wish.)

Here is a list of this month's Writing the Rainbow Poems so far:


And now...today's crayon. Timberwolf!

Great Gray Bricks
by Amy LV




Students - Isn't Timberwolf a beautiful name for a color?  When I began writing in my notebook about this color, it took me to thinking about gray animals.  I did a little bit of research and was amazed to find that there are many many gray animals!  Such beautiful ones.  Just writing this poem made me fall in love with gray.

As I wrote, listing these gray animals, I was reminded of the Shaker abecedarius, a poem I wrote about when I wrote my first abecedarian in 2010.  You can read the beautiful shaker abecedarius, beautifully illustrated by Alice and Martin Provenson, HERE.  Just scroll down once you arrive at the link.

If you are Writing the Rainbow with me, perhaps your color for today will get your mind generating a list.  You may use your list to begin your poem as I did...or not. Maybe your color will make you think of animals.  Perhaps you too, will have a strange connection.  Mine went from - TIMBERWOLF to GRAY ANIMALS  to GRAY BRICKS to HOME....

It strikes me today that this young speaker, threaded throughout this month's poems, is quite an animal lover.  It also strikes me that many of Crayola's crayon colors are named for the beauties of nature.  Writing a series of poems around one topic yields discoveries about the topic and yourself.

Colors can take us anywhere.  And if you'd like to join in with your own poem at our Writing the Rainbow Padlet, please do! It is growing every day, full of ideas and poems by poets of all ages.

And please don't miss the links to all kinds of Poetry Month goodness up there in my upper left sidebar.  Happy twentieth day of National Poetry Month!

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Writing the Rainbow Poem #19 - Red


Welcome to my National Poetry Month project for 2017!  Students - Each day of April 2017, I will close my eyes, and I will reach into my box of 64 Crayola crayons.

Aerial View of Crayola Box
Photo by Georgia LV

Each day I will choose a crayon (without looking), pulling this crayon out of the box. This daily selected crayon will in some way inspire the poem for the next day.  Each day of this month, I will choose a new crayon, thinking and writing about one color every day for a total of 30 poems inspired by colors.

As of April 2, it happened that my poems took a turn to all be from the point of view of a child living in an apartment building.  So, you'll notice this thread running through the month of colors. I'd not planned this...it was a writing surprise.

I welcome any classrooms of poets who wish to share class poems (class poems only please) related to each day's color (the one I choose or your own).  Please post your class poem or photograph of any class crayon poem goodness to our Writing the Rainbow Padlet HERE.  (If you have never posted on a Padlet, it is very easy.  Just double click on the red background, and a box will appear.  Write in this box, and upload any poemcrayon sharings you wish.)

Here is a list of this month's Writing the Rainbow Poems so far:


And now...today's crayon. Red!

Cooling Off
by Amy LV




Students - I needed to do a bit of research for today's poem.  I have not lived in a big city for a long time, and when I did live in New York City, I was not a child. I never played in spraying fire hydrants.  I wanted to write about doing this today, and so I needed to find out, "Does this really happen?"

Yes it does.

But in order to be safe, it is important to get a special cap for your city fire hydrant. Otherwise, it will spray 1,000 gallons per minute, compared to 20 - 25 gallons per minutes with a splash cap.  Too much spray, and water is diverted from where it's needed: fires.  And too much spray can also push people around and get them hurt.  
Here is what a spray cap looks like.

From the NYC Water Facebook Page
Click to Enlarge

It is delightful to learn new things just because you're writing a new poem.  Quite often when I am writing a poem, I find myself winding my way down a little research trail...

Today's poem also has an interesting rhyme pattern.  Can you figure it out?  Which words rhyme?

Another something to notice in today's poem is the way that I made the fire hydrant seem almost like a person who enjoys the company of children.  We call this personification, when a writer gives human qualities to something not human.  I enjoy using personification because it allows me to pretend that I am thinking and feeling as something besides my plain old self -- today, a fire hydrant loving children in summertime.

If you are Writing the Rainbow with me, perhaps your color for today will make you think of an object that you imagine has some human feelings.  Or perhaps you, too, will find yourself doing a bit of unexpected research.

Whichever path you choose (or whichever path chooses you), embrace it.

Colors can take us anywhere.  And if you'd like to join in with your own poem at our Writing the Rainbow Padlet, please do! It is growing every day, full of ideas and poems by poets of all ages.

And please don't miss the links to all kinds of Poetry Month goodness up there in my upper left sidebar.  Happy nineteenth day of National Poetry Month!

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