Welcome to Day 22 of Wallow in Wonder! For my 2016 National Poetry Month project, I will celebrate learning and writing from learning, writing poems from each daily Wonder at Wonderopolis. As I did with my Dictionary Hike in 2012, I am looking to surprise myself with new inspiration daily. This year, such inspiration will show up in my inbox each morning. I will print it and carry each Wonderopolis Wonder around all day...and in the afternoon or evening, I will write and post the poem for the next day.
I invite anyone who wishes to take this challenge too. Just read today's wonder over at Wonderopolis, and write a poem inspired by it for tomorrow. Share it tomorrow at your own site, and if you wish to link in my comments for others to find (or share your poem there), please feel free to do so tomorrow, the day after the Wonder is published at Wonderopolis. If you would like to share any ways you have used Wallow in Wonder or your own site (safe for children only please), please feel free to do so in the comments.
My April Poems Thus Far
And now for Day 22!
by Amy LV
Students - You may have picked up on the fact that today's poem ends with missing someone, just as yesterday's poem does. Why is that? I am not sure, but again, sometimes a writer has a theme running through his or her mind without even realizing it, a sort of background music, perhaps, that affects what he or she writes. Maybe I am missing someone...
Thinking about yesterday's wonder, never having been a child in foster care or a parent caring for a child in foster care, I imagined how I might feel if I were a child in this situation. As you read in the Wonder (if you read it), there are many reasons that children spend time in foster homes. And while foster homes serve an important role in helping families and children get the space and shelter they need, it must be very difficult for a child to move into a new strange home for a period of time. I imagined how I might feel, even if my parents were struggling as parents, living in a new place for a little while.
This is a list poem, beginning with a list of all of the things that are good and healthy in the imaginary writer's foster home, yet it ends with a twist. A twist that reflects upon how although there is much good, there is still deep love for family and loneliness for them.
Making a list and then reflecting at the end of it is an interesting poetic structure. You might wish to try this out, with a serious topic such as I did...or with a more playful subject. Explore all kinds of techniques and topics with your poetry.
It is a treat to host teacher and librarian Stefanie Cole and her students from Ontario, Canada at Sharing Our Notebooks this month. This is a fantastic post full of notebook inspiration, a video clip, and a great book giveaway from Stefanie. Please check it out, and leave a comment over there to be entered into the giveaway.
Happy Day 22 of National Poetry Month 2016...Earth Day! If you did not see my post featuring the wonderful J. Patrick Lewis from earlier today, please catch it HERE.
Jama is hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup over at Jama's Alphabet Soup with a beautiful and delicious celebration of one of my favorite new books. Enjoy all of the offerings, and please join in as you wish!
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