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!

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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!

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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!

Please share a comment below if you wish.

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!

Please share a comment below if you wish.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Writing the Rainbow Poem #18 - Blue


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. Blue!

Everybody Goes Here
by Amy LV




Students - I must admit that it was rather exciting to pull classic Blue from my box (eyes closed!) yesterday.  And in thinking about the poem, my mind went in several directions.  I found myself drifting around our young friend's building, considering important building places from times from my own apartment-living experience. The laundry room is an important place, and it is a place where you often meet up with others from your building.

I am personally a laundry hugger, and when I visit schools, I often share my poem Laundry Hugging, so you may know this fact about me.  It made me giggle to see this fact show up in yet another little poem. It is true that each of us has themes in our writing, ideas and thoughts that appear again and again.  You will only discover these if you write a lot, though, so this is one great reason to keep a notebook. Keeping a notebook over time helps you discover your own themes and recurring thoughts and wonderings and hopes.

You might have noticed that some of the clothing items in today's poem connect back to residents of this building.  Who do you think owns which items?  (I am curious about the wearer of the footie pajamas with googly-eyed owls.) Having these folks rejoin me in new poems here and there has been a joy of this month. Writing is full of surprises around each corner.

If you are Writing the Rainbow with me, perhaps your color for today will make you think of a place or a chore or a small tradition or ritual from your life.  You'll see!

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 eighteenth day of National Poetry Month!

Please share a comment below if you wish.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Writing the Rainbow Poem #17 - Mahogany


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. Mahogany!

Tree Memories
by Amy LV




Students - Today is International Haiku Poetry Day, so today's poem is a respectful nod to nature and brevity.  

I love the color Mahogany, and I was excited to choose it from my Crayola box. But then....it seemed like a difficult color name.  Mahogany trees are tropical trees; they do not grow near the apartment building of my young speaker.  And mahogany furniture is expensive.  I do not imagine our young speaker living around expensive furniture.  Plus, this color name is not a word that people use in daily life, not a color that most children would use in regular speech.

Then I began thinking about trees and how our childhoods are marked by special trees.  I looked up trees that often grow in cities, and found that maples are common city trees. Then I imagined a grown-up apartment friend having different tree memories, memories from Mexico or Central America, where she grew up. I don't know if Tia Inez is a real aunt or a very close family friend who feels like an aunt.  This is still a mystery.

If you are Writing the Rainbow with me, perhaps your color for today will make you think of something in nature or about a faraway place.  Maybe you will even write a haiku.  

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 seventeenth day of National Poetry Month!

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