by Amy LV
Well, yesterday reinforced something I have often spoken about. When you write all the time, ideas find you. They know you're waiting for them. Just like a monarch finds a milkweed, a snowball finds a sister...a poem finds someone willing to write it down. Yesterday, brushing my teeth, I just began playing with the words carnivore, herbivore, omnivore. My mind tickled those words all day long, so when evening came...the poem was plain fun to write. Later, tucking my children into bed, Hope said, "Mom, you're a loveivore!" Yep.
Students - Originally I didn't plan to make up all of these silly words. But somehow that suffix, vore, just took over the whole darn poem! Prefixes and suffixes and root words are so interesting...I will definitely be writing more poems like this. If you try it, please let me know.
On another note, I have new technology fun to share. The Poem Farm is now playing with QR codes, something I learned about last night from Franki Sibberson at A Year of Reading, who points the way to Jeff Utecht's blog, The Thinking Stick. "What is a QR code?" you ask. Well, I didn't know until yesterday either. But it's a little code you can zap with your telephone or computer and be instantly transported to a bit of information. If you have someone with a smart phone nearby, zap this with the barcode scanner (just like checking prices), and you will find one of my older posts, a list poem called "Favorite Words". Whoa. Weird world, isn't it?
I would love to get these little Poem Farm QR codes out into the world. The one in the upper right hand corner is a general Poem Farm code, and if you are willing digitally share it or print it out and share it in some paper-way...I would be very grateful! It's fun to imagine sneaking poems into different parts of the country and world. Please do tell me if you are willing to be part of this craziness so that I can thank you properly - amy at amylv dot com.
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