Tuesday, January 4, 2011

#280 - Eavesdrop in the Lost and Found

This week, Tricia is back with one of her famous Monday Poetry Stretches over at The Miss Rumphius Effect.  These always push me toward new writing thoughts, and I am grateful to Tricia for introducing us to so many different topics for and styles of poetry.  This week's Poetry Stretch is "lost and found."

Students - before winter break, I took a peek at my children's school lost and found. This is a mountain of gloves, boots, and sweaters, hats, coats, and mittens.  I started to wonder about all of those pieces of clothing and why no one was coming after them.  This made me think two things.  The first is that we are an over-fortunate people if we don't miss our coats in wintertime.  The second is that it must feel sad to be a lost and lonely sock or hat.  So today, when Tricia proposed "lost and found" as a writing topic, I immediately knew what I would write.

I find it very helpful to keep a notebook, in my head and on paper.  One never knows when different images and life-minutes are going to come in handy (I did not try to make a hand-pun here!)

For a whimsical picture book about a little girl and a single mitten, read poet Kristine O'Connell George's ONE MITTEN.  While you're at it, don't miss her wonderful website.

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  1. This will be on the board in my classroom tomorrow - so cute!

  2. Lindsay, Thank you for your kind words. I am so happy that you like this poem and welcome your students to write in - I will write back! (Then you can send them to check out the lost and found...hee hee!) A.

  3. Amy ~ I love the voice of the lonely mitten. Heaven knows we have mittens and socks too, that are longing for their mates. I am also a big fan of Kristine O'Connell George. Just ran over to my basket of favorite picture books...do you know The Missing Mitten Mystery by Steven Kellogg? That's my text to text connection for this morning. Hope the sun is shining in your part of western NY. We have been missing it lately so this mornings rays feel fabulous! ~Theresa