Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year's Resolutions - Imaginary Conversations

Photo by Amy LV

Students - Happy New Year! Yesterday afternoon, as I walked our dogs Cali and Sage, I asked them what their New Year's Resolutions were.  They didn't answer, but later, as I wrote in my notebook (I am doing lots of that lately), they did answer.  And their answer became today's small poem.

Many poems grow from words we hear others say or from conversations we have, but we can also imagine conversations and play with ideas about what might be or could be said.  Try playing around with "what might have been said" or "what could be said" sometime in your own notebook.  You can words from people and animals you know or from historical figures or inanimate objects...anyone or anything at all.  What might have been said?  What could be said?

Today's poem is not full of full rhymes, but there are some similar sounds that hold the lines together.  Can you find them?

You can read two other New Year poems in The Poem Farm archives.  Find New Year's Eve from 2014 and January 1 from 2011.  It's amazing how the years keep on rolling by, isn't it?

Over at my other blog, Sharing Our Notebooks, I am pleased to share that we have two winners for Tanny McGregor's generous giveaway. In 2016, I hope to feature more student notebooks in addition to these wonderful adult notebooks, so please, teachers and students, drop me a line if you're interested in sharing!  I will make it easy for you to do so.

In other celebratory news, my first nonfiction book, EVERY DAY BIRDS, illustrated by Dylan Metrano and published by Scholastic, joins library and bookstore shelves next month!  I could not feel more grateful.  If you are a blogger who is interested in reviewing this book, please send me an e-mail, and I will have one sent to you.

Mary Lee is hosting this week's Poetry Friday roundup over at A Year of Reading. Visit her place for a beautiful, wise poem, and enjoy the poetry bounty!  How lucky we are to have this community.

Many New Year blessings and joys to all of you!  Happy 2016!  I thank you for visiting.

xo, Amy

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  1. Amy's birds are coming, Amy's birds are coming! Yay! Thank you for your Sage conversation - Sage, who looks very much like our Ruby. When I talked with Ruby this morning, she said, more rubber chickens, more chewbones, more playing fetch! :) Wishing you love and poetry and joyjoyjoy in 2016, Amy. xo

  2. Good dog!

    Wonder what the cat's resolutions are?

    And I wonder if Scholastic could get us some copies of your new book to sell at the Lit Conference...

  3. It's always good to be friends with the cat--they have sharp claws!

    I'm looking foward to Every Day Birds! Wishing you all the best in 2016!

  4. I love this! My dog's resolution would probably included these, but also more snacks. Always more snacks!

  5. Yes, this was precisely the conversation, I suspect, between our dog and cat this morning. Always lovely to hear your voice, Amy! Happy New Year!

  6. I read your poem to my dog. Dakota's response?
    Cat? What cat?
    I think I'll tree some squirrels instead.
    Yay for Everyday Birds!

  7. Congratulations on your book launch, Amy! I'm looking forward to reading EVERY DAY BIRDS. Sam and Rudy would definitely vote for more walks as doggie resolutions.

  8. Loved your dog's resolutions. I'm now imagining what my cats' might be... I'm also delighted to hear about Every Day Birds and can't wait to read it! Happy New Year!

  9. I had a similar conversation with my cat about his New Year's Eve. He wasn't forthcoming. But that is his way.
    Excited for your book. I plan on keeping it away from my cat.

  10. I have been looking forward to EVERY DAY BIRDS. I believe I have it pre-ordered, but I need to check on that. Happy New Year, Amy!

  11. Congratulations on your new book, Amy! It looks stupendous! All the best in 2016 :-) xo

  12. Wonderful!. That is exactly what my dog would have said had I but listened to him. Thanks for a wonderful start to the new year. Happy New Year to you.

  13. Happy New Year, Amy and all your household. The poem didn't show through for me, but I'm sure it was a fun one.

  14. Dear Amy,
    Love your take on goals in 2016- through a poet's eyes. That was a lesson I did right before break- poets see everyday things from a different, wonderful viewpoint.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Happy New Year and best wishes on your book launch this month!

  15. Congratulations on hatching your book next month! I will have to talk to my chickens and see if they can focus on anything long enough to have a resolution. :-)

  16. I really enjoyed the poem, it was insightful and amusing.

  17. Finally getting over to your post that Tabatha shared today. I love your dog poem and what a wonderful resolution an animal can make via a human voice. Thanks for the fun poem!