Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Sage at Two Months
Photo by Amy LV

Sage at Eight Months
Photo by Amy LV

Students - once again we have a list poem, this time simply a list of many of the ways that one thing changes into another. In making this list, I wanted to focus mostly on natural you will notice many images of animals and plants and outside beauties.

Usually when I write rhyming list poems, I begin by making lists! Lists of rhyming words. These help me to find pairs of words that will go well together in the different stanzas. With a bit of shuffling, the words find their proper poemhomes.

I do like writing about changes and cycles, and I've done it over and over and over. And sometimes, when you think about something a lot, more things in your life point toward that idea.  Just last night, I drove by this sign on 20A in Wales, NY.

These Signs They Are A'Changin
Photo by Amy LV

If you write a lot, you will notice patterns and themes in your writing. What about you?  Hike through your old folders or notebooks and ask yourself, "What dreams and themes do I keep circling back to?"

Here's another change: the Poem Farm is back to more regular posts, now on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. If you are a student who would like to share your work or a teacher with a neat poetry idea to share, I would love to showcase it here. Peek at some of the examples of Classroom Poetry Peeks in the left hand sidebar to see what this might look like.

If you are a dog person and like today's photographs, do not miss Michael Rosen's THE HOUND DOG'S HAIKU: AND OTHER POEMS FOR DOG LOVERS. Each dog is haiku-ed with the perfect few words.

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MHarvey said...

Love to hear that you're back on a more consistent basis! Great poem about changes...I am in the midst Of essay writing and this post will be a great catalyst!

Linda at teacherdance said...

I love the poem & the pics of your dog, Sage. We have a dog, Maggie, next door that looks just like him-sweet dog! Your poem is like a little lesson that grows, and I enjoyed hearing that you started with rhyming words. I really never thought to do that, or to teach students that way. Thanks for always sharing your process!

laurasalas said...

Wonderful poem--something about the cherry pie line and the mud into stone and body into bone lines really resonated (and I don't even like cherry pie, but I love how kid-accessible that is!).

Laurie Jess said...

You are indeed gifted with words, where as I am not (see I'm trying to follow your poems theme). I did enjoy it very much. I also checked out your entire group of blogs. I think living on an old farm sounds wonderful. I also liked the idea of getting the whole family involved with art & poems, as you did over on your "animalog" blog, that was cool. Thanks for your kind words & visiting my blog.

Keri said...

Just wanted to pop in and say I loved reading your poem first thing this morning and again this afternoon. Well done, you!

Charles Waters said...

What a fantastic list poem Amy!!! Glad you'll be blogging more. The children's poetry community is richer for it.

The Pen and Ink Blog said...

And don't miss Won Ton a picture bbook in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw, Thank you Amy. I love the changing poem.

MotherReader said...

The dog photos caught my eye and the poem caught my heart. Very nicely done! You should submit it... somewhere. (I don't know much about poetry and publishing.)

Amy said...

Such a sweet-looking dog! I'm really like the poem, and this list format. I love that you always have me thinking of poetry in different ways!