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Students - Yesterday afternoon, after visiting the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair with my daughter Georgia and friend Karla, we visited a thrift store in downtown Buffalo, NY. I took a few more thing-pictures to have on hand for this week's writing. Later in the evening, I drove Hope to a sleepover, and on my drive home, I thought about all of these thrift store pictures. Which one would be next?
The boots! The boots! They shouted to me. (I've been looking forward to them all week.)
And guess what? I do not have paper drafts to share with you today. The reason is that I began this poem in my head, driving, and then when I got home...I rushed to the computer to write the first four lines, still fresh in my head. It was too scary to leave the poem and it, well, mostly poured out in a rain of bootjoy! Sometimes this happens; writing just comes. I like the feel of this poem; it reminds me of when I feel simply happy about a colorful new/old object.
In case you were wondering, usually I would not use the word really over and over again in a poem. I did this on purpose in today's verse, to add to the childlike feeling of enthusiasm.
One thing that truly matters to me in a rhyming poem is that the rhyming words make complete sense, that the words are meaningful. I never want you to read one of my poems and say to yourself, "Well, Amy kind of forced THAT rhyme." If you ever say this to yourself, would you please tell me? (Real friends do that, you know. They also tell you when you have spinach in your teeth.)
Last year at this time I wrote a wordsmush poem about red boots. Who knows? Maybe I am destined to write a color boot poem each year of my life.
Throughout today you may still leave a comment and thereby enter my Post-It Note giveaway over at Sharing Our Notebooks. Don't miss Mary's notebook poem celebration.
And in yesterday's ("Clock") post, I offered a giveaway of two books here: one copy of THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR SCIENCE compiled by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong and one copy of my own FOREST HAS A SONG. Each Saturday of April, I will offer this same giveaway here, for eight books in all. Thank you to Sylvia and Janet for your generosity.
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