Sidewalk Garden - Upper East Side of NYC
Photo by Amy LV
(I will add audio to this poem when I return home!)
Students - I am still in New York City, and there are so many beautiful and exciting things to see and think about. I am once again reminded of the time I lived here, one part of the kaleidoscope of people living so many different and interesting lives.
The picture of roses for sale on the streets of New York City is one of my favorite images, and each time I visit New York and pass these sidewalk gardens, my gaze lingers longer. We all have favorite images, and one of the grand things about writing is that it allows us to revisit those scenes and places and pictures again and again...in different ways. Here is a roses-in-NYC-poem I wrote back in 2010.
This is a free verse poem, and the last part was the most difficult part for me to write. I fell asleep trying to think of that line, took a shower trying to think of that line, stared out of the window trying to think of that line. I am still not sure it will stay, but for now...it will do.
One of Several Pages of Draft
Photo by Amy LV
Cathy Mere is allowing us to peek inside of her (paper and digital!) notebooks at my other blog, Sharing Our Notebooks. If you are an upper grade teacher or notebook keeper, you will be interested in her journey, and I welcome you to stop by, read, enjoy, and enter Cathy's giveaway of some neat notebooking apps.
Tara, along with William Blake and wisdom, is hosting today's Poetry Friday joy over at A Teaching Life. Please visit there to join all of us who love Poetry Friday, learning about new poetry places to visit, and perhaps sharing your own.