Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Day 7 - National Poetry Month 2015 - Sing That Poem!

Happy National Poetry Month!
Welcome to Day 7 of this Year's Poem Farm Project!

Find the Complete April 2015 Poem and Song List Here

First, I would like to welcome all old and new friends to The Poem Farm this April. Spring is a busy time on all farms, and this one is no exception.  Each April, many poets and bloggers take on special poetry projects, and I'm doing so too.  You can learn all about Sing That Poem! and how to play on my April 1st post, where you will also find the list of the whole month's poems and tunes as I write and share them.  If you'd like to print out a matching game page for yourself, you can find one here, and during April 2015, you'll be able to see the song list right over there in the left hand sidebar.

Yesterday's poem was I Will.  Here is the tune that goes along with it, below. Did you figure it out?



And here, below, is today's poem.  Look at the song list in the sidebar or on your matching form to see if you can puzzle out which tune matches this one.

Secret Language
by Amy LV


Students - Today's poem is based on a memory I have with my old friend, Keisha. We would go to the school near my home or to the mall and pretend that we spoke another language besides English.  It was a made up language, and it didn't mean anything to us or to the people around us, but we loved inventing and playing with the sounds of the words. Because Keisha and I both had brown eyes, we imagined that the strangers around us likely thought we were sisters from a different country, speaking our native tongue.  We were quite mysterious indeed.

For some reason, this childhood memory with Keisha popped up in the writing of today's little verse.  My daughter said, "It was easy to make your nonsense words fit the meter" - and she is right!  But the funny thing is that it did take me a while to figure out how to make the nonsense words sound just right.  To be honest, I was a little bit nervous about it.

Classrooms of Students - If any of you are interested and willing to share your singing of one of these poems, I would adore hearing your voices and would like nothing more than to feature your recording here on The Poem Farm. Please feel free to send me a SoundCloud (free app) link, and you're on!

Please share a comment below if you wish.

4 comments:

Mary Lee said...

So fun! I guessed the tune right away this time!

Irene Latham said...

You and Keisha are adorable. :) I remember doing this, too, with my sister -- making up a language. We understood ourselves just fine. :) Thank you for this poem and this memory. xo

LInda Baie said...

What is it about making up a language that is such fun? I love your story about you & your friend, Amy. The poem has just the right inflections, too! I don't remember doing that, but we spoke lots of pig latin to each other telling secrets!

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

So imaginative, Amy! LOVE!