Tuesday, August 31, 2010

reasons - My Poem Writing Year #153


Bisons Game, Buffalo, NY
Photo by Amy LV 


Last night we scored cheap tickets for one of the last Buffalo Bisons games of the season.  Watching and feeling all of the verbs of the game got me in a baseball-writing mood again.  This year has brought on lots of baseball poems, including: When I'm Up, Dirty Secret, and I Am the Batter.  It's funny how the end of one season (baseball) signals the beginning of another (school).  May this year be a home run for all of you!

Students - this is another list poem.  You can see that the whole first stanza is simply a list of different exciting parts of baseball.  The second stanza explains that this is a list of reasons.  List poems usually do that, have a "twist" at the end.

If you have considered "following" The Poem Farm, I would be so grateful if you would do so.  I hope to have 100 little squares over there on the right-hand side by my 200th poem.  Such a show of support is a good way to demonstrate to publishers (and I have a few projects out there) that people may actually purchase books with my poems in them!

(Please click on COMMENTS below to share a thought.)

11 comments:

Lori said...

I love sitting at the baseball stadium and do not get there nearly enough. Your poem made me feel like I was there!

Amy LV said...

Lori, There's just something about being at the stadium, isn't there? Thank you for your words! We got those tickets on a whim, and I'm so glad we did...
A.

Karen Harter said...

List poems---and this poem--such a great "consumerpoem" for baseball fams--thank YOU

Elaine Magliaro said...

Amy,

My daughter would LOVE this poem! She's a big Red Sox fan.

Amy LV said...

Thank you, Karen and Elaine! I do really like baseball. The drama of it really pulls me in. Have you ever read any of the sequels to "Casey at the Bat"? They're fun!
A.

Lauren said...

I enjoyed this poem about baseball. I miss the long ago years when my boys were little and played little league baseball. Those were the best years.

Deb Lund said...

As another writer and teacher, I love, love, love what you're doing for teachers and kids! And having been there, I'm impressed with your energy for keeping it all going.
Best wishes...

Anonymous said...

Hi Amy! I am a 4th grade teacher in Ohio. We are doing a poetry recital in which the students have to choose a poem to memorize and recite at our poetry recital. One of my students is wanting to use the poem "Reasons" that you have posted on this blog. In putting the program together, I am putting the poem title and the author. Are you the author of the poem? Should I just put Amy LV as the author in our poetry program?

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater said...

Thank you for your comment! I did write this poem - my full name is Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, and I used to keep it short. :) Please thank your student for sharing my poem. You are more than welcome to use anything you find at The Poem Farm, and if you would like to have your students' work featured here, it would be an honor. Simply send me an e-mail to amy@amylv.com. I love featuring student work as you will see on today's post featuring teacher Debbie Feasel's 2nd graders and their poetry whiteboards. Warm wishes and happy Poetry Recital! What a gift. Warmly, Amy

Kjersten said...

Hi Amy, my second grade son needed to pick a poem to recite at school next week. We read through dozens and dozens, and yours was his favorite! :)

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater said...

Dear Kjersten, This kind comment made my day. Thank you so much for writing. Please give your son my best! Play ball! Play poem! :) If he or his young colleagues ever wish to share their own poems at The Poem Farm, I welcome them! Just drop me an e-mail through the contact button. Warm Wishes, Amy