Students - I sat for quite a while last evening trying to choose an idea for a poem. Once I had settled on 'worms' as a topic, it took even longer to bring it to this little poem. One thing that helped me to begin was reading through my old poems and notebooks, to see what kinds of ideas popped up. This wormy idea came from something I have never liked: the smell of worms after a rainy night.
Writing today's poem and thinking about this yucky smell makes me want to collect a list of smells in my notebook. I remember the smell of my Aunt Kay's tiny rose soaps, the smell of my mother's ham dinners roasting away in the oven, the smell of our old dog Eli's fur. If you're not sure what to write today, maybe a smell will get you started too.
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