Draft of #365
Photo by Amy LV
Students - today's poem is an occasion poem, for this is the final day of My Poem Writing Year, the challenge I accepted 365 days ago to write and post a new poem each day. For today, I thought about writing a goodbye poem (but I'm not really leaving), a thank you poem (but I didn't know where to start), or a poem about crossing a finish line (but somehow I don't feel finished). In the end, I decided to write about Will.
I dreamed of writing a poem every day for one year. And Will helped me do it. Will grew from the encouragement of family, friends, classroom teachers, students, my bloggy buddies, and deep inside my own heart.
Each day, people and attitudes help us grow. We can write about these people and attitudes at any time. Open up to the next page in your own notebook and jot a list of the people and beliefs which hold you up. Maybe you, too, will write a poem about whose shoulders and advice you stand upon.
What next? Well, tomorrow is April 1. April Fool's Day! And also the first day of National Poetry Month. Poetry Friday will be here as will some haiku from grade 2.
For each day of April, I will post a brief note about a poetic technique or idea-finding strategy from this blog-year. For each, I will link back to a few poems which illustrate the technique or strategy. In addition, every Poetry Friday will feature a Poetry Peek into a new poem-loving classroom. My hope is that April here will be useful to students as they eat, drink, dance, hug, read, sing, and cuddle poems - all month and all life long....
After April ends, The Poem Farm will still be here with one or two posts each week, including poems of course!
Lots of Love and Much Gratitude,
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