Monday, April 7, 2014

Fine Antique Plates - Poem #7 for April 2014 Poetry Project

Learn about this, my April 2014 Poetry Project, HERE!

Flowery Plates
Photo by Amy LV

Students - Today's drafts were written in the car.  Our family was going visiting, and so I wrote from the passenger seat.  You can see that the minutes of notebooking tally up to thirty-five, but this poem did take longer.  I spent a lot of time, eyes closed, just thinking and not timing myself at all.  Daydreaming the poem into life.  I also spent a lot of time playing with this poem in the typing stage.  In fact, these last two stanzas did not appear until I typed.

For today's verse, the fun came  in imagining walking around the rims of plates. This was my spark.  And then, making the flowers disappear...well that just made me giggle a bit.

Challenges included finding spring flowers with the correct number of syllables. This sent me to a bit of research as I didn't want to include late summer or fall flowers at all.

You may have wondered why those last two lines are so short, shorter than the rest of the non-flower lines.  I did consider keeping as one line.  But somehow, the punch line of the dishes being "simply white" felt like more fun with a longer pause.

Here are today's drafts.  You can see that I spent a little time trying to decide which object to choose.

Fine Antique Plates - Draft Page Spread #1
Photo by Amy LV

Fine Antique Plates - Draft Page Spread #2
Photo by Amy LV

Did you notice that the dishes in today's poemphoto are the same dishes as those in the THRIFT STORE LIVE logo?  


I bought them.

March 31, 2014 Shopping Cart - AmVets
Photo by Amy LV

Please share a comment below if you wish.


  1. Must be fun to eat off of those beautiful dishes, Amy. Enjoy, as I enjoyed another of your fun poems.

  2. I'm definitely going to be spending more time in thrift stores! You have inspired me!

  3. I wondered when you would get to those pretty plates. I love the poem. Thanks for sharing it and your process.

  4. Ah, picking along, and leaving the plates, white! Just beautiful, Amy. Definitely a poem for spring. We all need one!

  5. What an adorable poem -- love the idea of walking on plate rims. And I covet those plates! You've also inspired me to go thrift shop shopping. :)

  6. This is wonderful, Amy, especially the ending!

  7. Loved the journey around the plate rims--and especially the fun ending!


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