Friday, October 31, 2014

How to Be a Ghost - Listy How-To Poems


Fionacat & Amyghost
Photo by Henry LV




Students - Happy Halloween!  I love Halloween, mostly because I love making costumes and carving jack o'lanterns.  When I was a girl, my dad and I would always get big appliance boxes, and we'd make crazy costumes: stove, refrigerator, table...  It is tons of fun to make a costume from old clothes and crazy bits of this and that. Tonight I will be a ghost.  We had a couple of white sheets leftover from our girls' toga day at high school, and so one is now the ghost costume you see above.  Our children are dressing up as a sea anemone, a plastic army guy, and Robin Hood.

Today's poem is simply a set of directions, a how-to poem, a list.  I had fun imagining all of the different things that would be important for a person who wishes to dress as a ghost, especially the black-cat-hugging-part as our little Fiona celebrates her first Halloween this year. 

As with any list poem, I like to to have a bit of a twist, a surprise at the end. Wouldn't it be funny to be snuggled in your bed and to find two eyeholes in your top sheet?

Linda is hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup over at TeacherDance.  There you will find a gathering of poems, poets, and poetry news all around the Kidlitosphere this week.

Happy Poetry Halloween Friday!

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13 comments:

LInda Baie said...

Such fun, and "our" ghost costume is now in the hands of the granddaughters. It only has two eyes, however, but works very well when floating. Thanks Amy, but the best was the end-so fun! Happy Halloween!

Carol Varsalona said...

Amy, this morning I woke to your tweet to go over to Linda's post and then over to site. What fun to read your list poem. It has such a lilt to it and the ending was the charmer-bedclothes with eyes. Oops! My big toe would go right through that spot. This actually happened one sleepy night but the sheet was not designated as a costume. Have fun this Halloween night.

Margaret Simon said...

Love your happy ghostly costume list poem. My dog likes to make costumes with his sleeping blanket.

Robyn Hood Black said...

What a fun way to celebrate today - reading your floaty poem and remembering all the costumes we conjured up as kids! (My own kids, too, of course, but somehow my brother and I were more Halloween-crazy growing up than my own progeny.)

Penny Klostermann said...

Amy, you always deliver a special treat when you write a poem. This is just so much fun! Love it!

Matt Forrest Esenwine said...

Very cute...love the ending!

Bridget Magee said...

Great how-to poem! I love the idea of a ghost wearing "a string of pearls"! Happy Halloween!

Tara Smith said...

Love this idea! So many lovely twists to ghost-making, Amy. And such fun to hear you recite, too.

Doraine Bennett said...

So cute, Amyghost!

Rosi said...

What a fun poem! Thanks for sharing it here. I love it.

Linda A. said...

Amy,
The ending was funny to me! I also liked suggesting dressing with pearls. I can see kids trying it.

Thanks for the treat!

Author Amok said...

Visiting with your ghost post-Halloween, Amy. My favorite lines are "Practice swooping. Practice 'Boo!'" I love the rhythm and the double "oo" sound there.

Heidi Mordhorst said...

I'm not too late to love this poem, I hope! It properly honors and glorifies the simplest of costumes. Looking forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks!