Thursday, September 9, 2010

Trust - My Poem Writing Year #162

Henry Finds Hidden Berries
Photo by Amy LV

Georgia Picks More Than She Eats
Photo by Amy LV

Hope Wears Raspberry Thimbles
Photo by Amy LV

Yesterday, we celebrated our last day of summer vacation by picking raspberries.  Sixteen pounds worth!  We did think that we could pick all day, but soon enough we left full and happy and excited to return.  And last night's dessert was raspberry pie, of course.

The idea for this poem grew from a combination of every berry picking experience I've ever had as well as Tricia's Monday Poetry Stretch over at The Miss Rumphius Effect.  This week, she encourages us to try writing a contradiction poem that begins, "They say...but..."  Students, you might want to try this.  If you ever feel like disagreeing with people, this is your chance to do so in a poem.

For those of you in the Western New York area, our family cannot recommend Awald Farms, in North Collins, highly enough.  Thank you to our good friend, Amy Conrad, for this berry picking recommendation.

Check out these cute raspberry earrings on etsy, the best online craft spot in town.  I think I'll need to wear these on our next picking expedition.  And if you happen to be a new parent who does not yet know this book, please just trust me and order yourself a copy of Bruce Degen's JAMBERRY.  It's one of the most fun read alouds you'll ever read.

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  1. Your photos are becoming as lovely as your poems. Congratulations!

  2. Thank you, Eileen! Coming from you, this is a wonderful compliment!

  3. Hello! I'm a student, and came across this site when researching freeverse poems.

    I really love your poem, and it's good to satisfy peoples' trust. Sometimes I worry that if I don't take an opportunity to strengthen individuals' trust in humanity, then they will slowly become cold or distrustful. I'm glad there are people like you, and that you're influencing children and adults this way! :)

    God bless! Keep it up!