Monday, November 15, 2010

Soup's On! Come for a Slurp of Poem #230!

by Amy LV

Students - this poem came from nowhere.  I had no idea what to write, but I had to write.  So I lay on my bed, clipboard and pencil at the ready...and I waited.  The first line came.  Then I couldn't think of anything else to say, and so I took a nap.  Later, the rest followed.  Sometimes I think that the mind just needs to take a little trip into dreamland to find those right words.

Try this sometime.  Don't try it at school (too noisy and you might get in trouble), but try it at home.  Begin writing, nap, write some more.  And let me know!

After writing, revising, and editing this silly poem, I was pretty happy with it.  I typed it up neatly and made it yellow for the blog.  Then I came back to read it later.  And I made changes.  Originally the poem was one long stanza, but I dove back in and turned it into three stanzas to show the three different parts of the poem.  This is something useful to try: after writing a poem, ask yourself, Could I arrange these same lines into a different number of stanzas?

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Blythe Woolston said...

I love this poem. First of all, I need some soup. Second, this is the sort of short poem that fun to say at the table. I like narrating experiences--although my sons have kind of out-grown it. (I think they will grow back into it when they are older.)

Amy LV said...

Blythe, Thank you! I ate soup yesterday and today. The soup weather is a'comin! Do you have some pieces like this?...I'd love to see them. It was fun to write, just to see what would happen as I ate/wrote. (I was curious what word would turn up!) Speaking of words, what cool wordles. It's interesting to see what and how things appear.