Friday, May 24, 2013

New Puppies and Third Grade Poets

Madi and Dixie
Photo by Amy Holland

Jack and Hawk
Photo by Heidi Ludwig Zvolensky

Libby and Brewer
Photo by Heather Tielens

Click the arrow to hear me read this poem to you.

Students -  My nieces and nephews all have gotten new dogs within the past year, and so today I am celebrating all of them!  Libby and Teo have Brewer, Jack has Hawk, and Sam, Davis, and Madi have Dixie!  Woof!

Did you ever find something just when you needed it?  Well, that's what happened to me with today's poem. This poem is one that I found in my files, and I knew that it was the match for this Poetry Friday.  We're celebrating new lambs and kitties here, so it's a spring full of animal-love.

You will notice today's verse has two short stanzas.  The first one paints a moment, and the second is simply an exclamation, the real words that a person might say upon greeting a loved pet. There is one pair of rhyming words in the first stanza (fur/her) but the rest of the poem is just heart.  Write about love, and everything is good.

Today I welcome third grade teacher Peggy Wiedemann and some of her poets from Arcade Elementary in the Pioneer Central School District in Arcade, NY.  This class has been writing poems, and they were generous enough to allow me to share them here.  I invite you to notice their use of...

by Alyssa

Conversational Structure
by Tyler D.

by Jack

Line Breaks
by Tyler B.

List Structure
by Mary

Much gratitude to Peggy Wiedemann and her students for visiting The Poem Farm. Be assured that the rest of the class is full of poetry too!  It was a pleasure to read all of their poems and to share a few here today.  Lucky us.

For Metaphor Monday this week, Catherine Johnson shared my poem April Waking along with some beautiful photographs and metaphors to go with fiddleheads.  On Wednesday, she followed up with my husband Mark's Mother's Day fiddlehead frittata recipe.  But that is not all.  Unbeknownst to me, Catherine invited fellow poets to write and share fiddlehead poems at their own blogs.  You can read these festive and fun verses by following these links: Cathy Ballou Mealey, Freeda Baker Nichols, and Penny Klostermann.  Thank you to Catherine, Cathy, Freeda, and Penny for the wonderful surprise!

Jama is hosting today's delicious Poetry Friday roundup over at Jama's Alphabet Soup.  If you're hungry for all kinds of sweet and spicy poetry dishes....head on over to her beautifully set blog and enjoy.

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  1. Cute poem! This is a great poetry starter for kids. Who doesn't love pets?

  2. Love the kids' poetry - thanks for sharing, Amy. Jack's poem was especially alive - and such sweet photographs!

  3. Great work Mrs. Wiedemann's class!

    Oh how I love the smell of soft, sweet puppy fur.

  4. Congratulations to all your nieces and nephews and their pups! I love your short, sweet "Puppy" poem--especially "She was waiting for me. I was waiting for her." Those human-dog relationships truly give both ways. I like the idea of that being so even just before they began. I love the young poets' work, too.

  5. New puppies,
    new lambs
    spring time

    Thanks for sharing the farm with us.

  6. Oh, those puppies! Adorable. Perfect poem to celebrate the new pets. Thanks for sharing the student poems, too. :)

  7. Puppies, third graders, and fiddlehead poems. You must be in Poetry Heaven!

  8. PUPPIES! Oh, how I love puppy breath....

    And I love these poems you and the young writers kindly shared here - Some fine writing and thoughtful ideas!

  9. You had me at Puppies, but the student poetry was wonderful too. Puppies + poetry = great post! Thanks for sharing. =)

  10. Love your puppy poem, Amy. And those young poets are wonderful. You can feel their excitement in their words. :0)

  11. GAH! Too much cuteness over here today! Your poem is so sweet, and Mrs. Wiedemann's students did a great job. I especially love "Summer." :)

  12. Nothing's better than puppy love!!

  13. Your puppy poem is the perfect expression of mutual adoration! Loved reading the third graders' poems too.