Thursday, September 23, 2010

My Poem Writing Year #177 - Signs

Raiber Road Sumac
Photo by Amy LV

Fall is an enchantress.  She lures us through her beauty, straight into a den of death.  Fortunately, this death only lasts for a few winter months.  And joyfully, it wears its own shimmering loveliness.  

Around here, we judge autumn's approach by the trees behind our pasture.  Hushes of red and brown are whispering across the hillside this week, promising snow.  And this, students, is where today's poem grew from.  It grew from what I see every day, everywhere.  So go ahead, look around.  What do you see out there?  How might you compare this thing you see to something else?

Now, you may not realize it, but a holiday is just around the corner.  National Punctuation Day is tomorrow, September 24.  Start readying yourself now.  Do whatever it is you do when you celebrate punctuation.  Wear something.  Say something.  Photograph an improperly punctuated sign.  And do it tomorrow.  If you're interested, click the link above and you can read information about how to enter your own punctuation haiku in a National Punctuation Day contest.

Teachers, if you are looking for an interesting book to help you brush up on your own punctuation and usage, here's a good one.

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  1. This poem is funny because the tree is blushing and because it won't be winter next week. from Natalie and your friends at EP.

  2. Dear Natalie and Friends,
    I IS funny to think of a tree blushing! It makes it sound like the tree is a person. And I sure hope winter won't be here that soon. Today still feels like summer around here. When I wrote that, I was thinking about how sometimes it feels like time goes so quickly, and also that there is always a time when winter really is just days away. Do you have a blushing tree at Elma Primary? I can't wait to meet you. Thank you very much for visiting here.
    Your Friend,

  3. Love your poems! Perfect little gems full of perfect little surprises!

  4. I love your poem and I love the writing below the poem. Fall is an enchantress...lovely and true.

    Happy Punctuation Day, Amy!

  5. Thank you, Charles and Deborah. How lucky I am to have such generous friends on such a gorgeous day! I hope you have a perfect weekend... A.