Canoeing at Sprucelands
Photo by Amy LV
I am still at Sprucelands riding camp with our children, and this week found canoeing words sloshing through my brain. Walking up and down the hills, watching children giggle-paddle around the lake, I began writing in my head.
In Zen and the Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury explains how listing words, especially nouns, sometimes helps him to generate story plots. This week's poem is a list of words, dropped one-at-a-time into a poem.
Students - favorite poems stay with us. And one of my favorites is Lee Bennett Hopkins' poem "Good Books Good Times" from his anthology with the same title.
Lee begins his poem :
He ends with these lines:
Can you see how Lee's last four lines are the same as his first four, only switched? When I began writing my poem for today, I did not know how it would turn out. I only knew one thing: I wanted the first and last two lines to switch. I knew this because I have been carrying a favorite poem around in my head for a while.
You might want to try this - write a list of words and then move them around. Play with rhyme. If you can't find rhymes you like, try some different words. For me, such an exercise feels like skipping stones across a lake. Some jump easily and sound good, and some sink to the bottom and don't stay in the poem Either way, it's fun to throw both stones and words around.
Do you have a favorite poem in your head?
Libby is hosting today's Poetry Friday buffet over at A Year of Literacy Coaching. May you find some new and old favorites on the menu.
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