Friday, January 23, 2015

Dawn - The Shapes & Colors of Our Days


Sage in the Morning
Photo by Amy LV




Students - A camera can be a very good friend to a writer.  Why?  Because our eyes see so many different pictures in a day that it can be difficult to slow them down and replay them one-by-one.  Yesterday morning, as I watched our Sage lie in the snow, I found her so peaceful, so blue there in the morning light.  I wanted to keep that picture in my head forever.  And too, I wanted to give it some words.

As a writer-artist, stay on the lookout for pictures that strike you, real 3-D pictures in your world that give you pause and make you appreciate the shapes and colors of your days.  You, too, might choose to take a photograph.  Or you might draw a picture.  Or you might just look closely and then close your eyes to see the image in your mind and keep it forever.

Today's poem is two quatrains, two stanzas of four lines each.  It is a quiet poem, echoing the quiet feeling I have been carrying inside of me lately.

Tara is hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup over at her place, A Teaching Life. Swing on by there, check out all of the warm, whimsical, and wonderful poetry offerings...and know that you are always welcome in the Poetry Friday fold.

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11 comments:

Author Amok said...

Sam (the Schnauzer) and I enjoyed the poem, Amy. He does not lie in the snow like your Sage does. Sam is a snow-eater. I loved the image of your dog sitting quietly and watching the sun come up.

Nicole L. said...

The third and fourth graders at NYA (North Yarmouth Academy-Maine) want you to know: We enjoyed your poem today, appreciate the picture of your poem's inspiration and we like how the poem feels like it is written from two points of view: the dog's and yours. Have a nice day!

Robyn Hood Black said...

A perfectly captured quiet moment - warmest hugs to you and to Sage today!

Joy said...

Amy, this is you at your best. Beautiful rhyme, lovely images, great language. Great respect for all parts of the universe, and a little instruction too. Poetry for children doesn't get better than this.

Matt Forrest Esenwine said...

Very nice, Amy! Love the colors and mood you created. I also love the caption of the photo - which, taken on its own, is a poetic prompt itself!

laurasalas said...

I love the stillness of this poem, Amy...it's an eternity in an instant. Thanks!

Catherine said...

I don't think I've ever seen a dog lie in the snow! I guess my dogs are too spoiled. I love the image of night waving goodbye. Thanks for sharing!

Mary Lee said...

Lovely.

I think I'll have my students get their phones and tablets out on Monday to see what kind of personal narratives their camera rolls inspire! We'll add TAKE AND LOOK AT PHOTOS to our list of strategies for generating personal narratives!!

Doraine Bennett said...

I can feel the stillness inside. Very nice.

LInda Baie said...

Diane Mayr also shared about the blues in winter. This is a lovely capture of that moment with your Sage. It is "blue" in that certain time, isn't it? I like it, Amy!

Karen Edmisten said...

Your Sage looks a lot like our Sydney, though Sydney will never stay outside without us. She does, however, love to eat snow. :)