Friday, July 10, 2015

Something I Do - Free Verse & a Padlet




Poem Path
by Amy LV




Students - I do collect poems and do sometimes feel like they are spilling out from my pockets and onto the earth.  But you know what, I still always wish to learn and collect more.  Poems are my way of understanding the world - both reading poems and writing poems helps me make sense of life on both the dark and the very sunny days.  Poems are both song and like medicine to me.

Today's poem is a free verse poem, not following any special rhyme scheme or meter. Yet still, I read the poem many times out loud to listen to the pauses and rhythms and repetition.

What is something you do?  Might that be a good start to a notebook entry or poem?  "Something I do..."

As I learn more about using digital technologies to share and publish writing, I hope that you will occasionally hold my hand on the journey.  Today I truly am collecting poems...favorite poems of favorite people.  Please visit my Padlet and leave a note with your name, telling about, and maybe even linking to, one of your own favorite poems. We all become wiser through sharing, and I feel fortunate to share with you.

Please be sure to include your own name if you leave a poem on the Padlet. Only with a name will I approve the note.


Katie is hosting today's Poetry Friday extravaganza over at The Logonauts.  Visit her online home to enjoy this week's poetry offerings all around the Kidlitosphere.

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12 comments:

Linda Baie said...

I love that scattering of 'poem crumbs' Amy. I have been weeding out all my teaching files & there are so many I know I won't return to, but oh, the poems. They seem to be everywhere! Thanks for this lovely thought. Love the padlet too!

Katie Logonauts said...

Delightful poem, Amy, and a great one to share with students to inspire their own poem collections! Padlet is something I am considering using with my third graders, so I'll be interested to watch yours grow. Thanks!

Matt Forrest Esenwine said...

Love your image of scattering "poem crumbs"! I think we can all identify with this, Amy.

Tara Smith said...

"Poem crumbs" forever! This captures the quest we are on - finding beautiful words and lovely images to write about. Thanks, Amy!

Diane Mayr said...

I've never used Padlet before. I hope I have done it correctly! I tried recording it, without much success. :-( If I get it, I'll come back and replace the link.

Carol said...

I love this poem, Amy. The idea of poem crumbs that will take me home, such big truth there! I can't tell you how often poetry plays that role in my life!

Linda A. said...

Amy,
I feel like I pick up poem crumbs. I don't write many poems, although I gather snippets of poems from observing nature. Sometimes I tuck them into stories. Such a delight.

Margaret Simon said...

"When I feel lost in the darkened woods, words will take me home." Again and again the simplicity of your words inspire me. Thanks for the padlet. I want to try to use this tool in my classroom.

Mary Lee said...

Your padlet is growing nicely! I can't wait to check out the copyright and the "I'm Exploring" padlets, too!

Catherine said...

Lovely poem, Amy. When we "carve each word/like a small heart/on a young birch tree" we're really carving them into our own hearts, aren't we? I will add to your Padlet if I can figure out how!

Doraine Bennett said...

Can I follow your crumbs home to you for coffee and danish?

laurasalas said...

Oh, this is lovely. I make (but haven't made one in a while) little mini-notebooks using $1 photo albums. I type out poems I love on index cards that fit perfectly. I don't hand-copy poems, but, then again, I don't write my own poems in longhand, usually. Your last stanza is gorgeous!