Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wallow in Wonder Day 20 - Chatty Green Tomato


Welcome to Day 20 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

April 1 - So Suddenly - a poem inspired by Wonder #1659 
April 2 - Thankful Journal - a poem inspired by Wonder #1660
April 3 - The Storm Chaser - a poem inspired by Wonder #779
April 4 - A Jar of Glitter - a poem inspired by Wonder #641
April 5 - To Make Compost - a poem inspired by Wonder #1661
April 6 - Deciding Now - a poem inspired by Wonder #1662
April 7 - Hummingbird's Secret - a poem inspired by Wonder #1663
April 8 - Limits - a poem inspired by Wonder #1664
April 9 - Sundogs - a poem inspired by Wonder #1665
April 10 - Perspective - a poem inspired by Wonder #128
April 11 - At the History Museum - a poem inspired by Wonder #115
April 12 - Seventy-Five Years Ago Today - a poem inspired by Wonder #1666
April 13 - Homer's Poem - a poem inspired by Wonder #1667
April 14 - The Right - a poem inspired by Wonder #1668
April 15 - 5:00 am - a poem inspired by Wonder #1669
April 16 - Writing - a poem inspired by Wonder #1670
April 17 - Sometimes - a poem inspired by Wonder #194
April 18 - Once - a poem inspired by Wonder #192
April 19 - Eat It - a poem inspired by Wonder #1671

And now for Day 20!


Why, Yes.  It IS Talking.
by Amy LV




Students - This is one strange poem.  And I have NO idea where it came from.  But it came.  And it is here. So I typed it. And you read it.

Sometimes writing is as funny and as simple as that.  I read yesterday's Wonder about tomatoes turning red, and for some (unknown) reason I was at once imagining a green tomato calling, "Hey Kid!" to someone walking by.  So I wrote the first line, and then, as sometimes happens, I simply followed it, reading and rereading out loud, listening for what the next line wanted to be.

At times writing feels like opening my hands to the sky and waiting for wordrain, trusting and knowing that there will be words, even if they are weird and surprising words.  After all, the strange and unusual parts of our minds wish to be explored too...don't you think?

Notice how this poem just rolls upon itself.  I have fun when a poem comes this way, like waves of water lapping upon each other. Earlier this month, The Storm Chaser poem did the same thing.  Sometimes a rhythm finds me.

And while we're talking about green tomatoes...for a beautiful new book about nature through the year, magical free verse poems by Julie Fogliano and swoony pictures by Julie Morstead, add this book to your collection today.


It is my pleasure 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 20 of National Poetry Month 2016!  Go listen to some tomatoes!

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3 comments:

Ramona said...

It's a bit early to be listening to green tomatoes, but soon. And I'm determined to get my container tomatoes in this year. Love this image "...opening my hands to the sky and waiting for wordrain." When Green Becomes Tomatoes is definitely a new favorite. It's due at the library and I can't renew it because there are so many holds on it.

Mary Lee said...

I'm with you on the unknown ways poems come to us. Today's poem was a multi-page struggle for two stanzas. Tomorrow came forth without a struggle. (Except for the tears.)

Doraine Bennett said...

So cute! My BLT is calling.