Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Pussy Willows Meow for Spring!


Welcome to Day 9 of Drawing Into Poems, my daily drawing/seeing/writing study into poetry.  You can read more about this month-long project here on my April 1 post.  Feel free to read the books with me, and pull out your own sketchbook and jewelry box full of metaphor too...

Day Nine - Pussy Willows
Click the drawing to enlarge it.

Students - Last night, my husband and I took a walk down our country road.  And there they were!  The pussy willows were out!  I was so happy that I almost did a pussy willow dance.  See, around here, pussy willows (along with daffodils, snowdrops, crocuses, and robins) are the harbingers of spring.  I picked some to bring inside.

Sitting down with my sketchbook, I decided to only draw one branch of these wee softies so that I could spend more time and space writing around the edges of my drawing.  I am trying to come up with many comparisons and descriptions for the things that I am drawing, as recommended by one of my new favorite books, The Private Eye, by Kerry Ruef.  I am excited to play more with my thoughts about this picture...to make a poem from some of these jottings.

Teachers - My Poetry Resource of the Day is Wonderopolis.  Check out some past poetry wonders, and take note that I will be leading this month's #Wonderchat on Twitter, next Monday April 15 at 8:00pm EST.  I welcome you to join us!

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4 comments:

Andromeda Jazmon Sibley said...

I have pussy willows on my library windowsill. They are in water so they have sprouted green leaves. One of my favorite springtime plants!! I adore your sketch/poetry work page. So inspiring! I put a photo haiku on twitter here: http://tinyurl.com/cc7brlt

Linda at teacherdance said...

Those pussy willows are such a pleasure. I don't get to see them growing much, but when they arrive in the stores, I know spring is here. Another test for us is when we hear the red-winged blackbirds call- a sure sign of spring! We have a snow day today, a spring storm coming through with a gift for us! The moisture is welcome, although those who must go on to work must be a little whiney. Amy, I'm glad to be able to enlarge your sketches & read your notes, too-a delight! Thank you! And wonderopolis is such a wonderful site. Neat that you are going to be a twitter guest!

catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com said...

How cute! And I look forward to the #Wonderchat, I hadn't heard of that before and wondered what there was for poetry lovers on Twitter.

Betsy said...

"Pussy willows point to the sky with silver fingerprints." <3 Smile. All these lines and phrases have such great images through the words. Your drawing is a lovely accompaniment as well. :)