October 25, 2012
Photo by Amy LV
Click the arrow to hear me read this poem to you.
This is a free verse poem, a poem with no regular rhyme or meter. Still, though, when I write free verse poems, I take care with each word. See if you can find any words with the same beginning sounds near each other. Then see if you can find any repeated words. Any rhymes? My favorite part of this poem is the idea of pretending that Fall is a dancing girl...with two competing partners. That idea makes me smile, and I like watching the play of it in my mind.
The most important to do when writing poems like this one is to read them over and over. Aloud. Hearing how each word tumbles gently or bashes into the next helps me know when to make changes.
Many poems celebrate weather. Weather is a special kind of mirror for each day, determining what we do and sometimes even how we feel. Pay attention to weather where you live, maybe even writing notebook entries or drawing sketches of weather observations. Then, mind and heart full of sun and wind and blowing rain and snow...shine some words onto your page.
For the past two weeks, Nina Crittenden has been Sharing Our Notebooks, and today I am happy to announce that Tara at A Teaching Life has won Nina's generous book and notebook giveaway. Tara, please send me an e-mail with your snail mail address, and I will pass it along to Nina. Thank you again, Nina!
Linda over at TeacherDance is hosting today's Poetry Friday extravaganza. Visit Linda's extremely warm and generous blog to read all about what's happening on this Poetry Friday.