Henry, Georgia, & Salamander Eggs
Photo by Amy LV
Students - sometimes a writer just can't help but to write about what's under her or his nose! And this season in Western New York is all about new life and rain. Last week we saw a newborn fawn drinking milk from its mother by the side of the road, watched salamanders hatch from jelly eggs, and were stunned by the hills covered in blossoms. I could not help but think to myself, "the apple trees are gussied up in prom dresses!" Are you wondering what to write about? Here is a two word piece of advice:
Take a walk around. Sniff the air. As my colleague Bill Michalek says, if you sit in one place for a while outdoors...something will happen. An animal will pass by, or perhaps you will see movement in a tree branch overhead. A chipmunk will pop out of a hole. A bird will cock its head and grab a bit of twig. Be still.
Go outside. The world is waiting for you.
Speaking of waiting, a few people have asked what I have been doing since MyPoWriYe ended. Lately I have been working on a couple of picture books...scratching away, revising, reading aloud to myself, and crossing every finger and toe on my body that one will find a home.
Heidi is hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup over at My Juicy Little Universe. Join the fun and see what's happening poetry-wise in the KidLitosphere!
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