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Jack & Balloon
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MACMILLAN DICTIONARY FOR CHILDREN © 2001
Inflation - 1. The act or process of inflating: The inflation of the balloons for the party took all morning. 2. A rise in the usual prices of goods and services.
Students - Working with today's word, I was unsure where to begin. The word INFLATION first made me think of money and rising prices. Then I got to thinking about balloons. Then, as I often do, I began thinking how it would feel to BE a balloon, and I imagined what a little flat balloon would feel when placed inside a child's puffing mouth. I think it it would feel excited, and probably afraid too!
In my notebook, this poem is written in a straight line; it is not shaped like a balloon at all. But when I got typing, I got thinking, "Hmmm....this might be a good concrete poem." And so I played with the lines until the words formed themselves into this shape.
If you would like to see more of my concrete poems, look in the top sidebar under FIND A POEM BY TECHNIQUE, and you will find a few. Usually I do not plan to write a concrete poem. I just plan to write a poem, and when it gets to typing-time, the concrete-idea strikes.
In case you are new here - this month, I am walking, letter-by-letter, through the dictionary, (closed-eyed) pointing to a letter each day, and writing from it. You can read poems A-H by checking the sidebar, and you can read Lisa's accompanying haiku at her blog, Lisa's Poem of the Week.
And if you did not visit Friday's post...do! Laura Purdie Salas shares a behind-the-scenes look at one of her poems from BOOKSPEAK! You can learn a new poem form and enter in a giveaway for this fantastic book on that post through tonight.
Jack & Hope Watch Balloon
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