Thursday, April 21, 2016

Wallow in Wonder Day 21 - This Argument We're Having


Welcome to Day 21 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
April 20 - Chatty Green Tomato - a poem inspired by Wonder #1672

And now for Day 21!


Seeing Both Sides
by Amy LV




Students - Reading about holograms got me thinking about various optical illusions, particularly those pictures that look one way when you stand in one place and then another way when you stand in a different place.  At my children's old school, fourth graders did a drawing (two, actually) on folded paper like fans. Each first drew one picture on one side of the folds...and another on the other side of the folds.  When these pointy 3-D pictures hung in the hall, viewers could stand to the left and see one thing...and then shift to the right and see something completely different.

Life is like that too.  Sometimes, even when I am in the middle of a disagreement with someone, suddenly I can see that person's point.  Then just as suddenly, I am back to my own point of view.  And then sometimes I feel stuck between two visions, two ideas, two perspectives about the same subject.  

Today's poem is about friendship, about feeling confused, and about the lonely feeling a person can have when estranged from someone important.  

A feeling is a grand jumping off point for a poem.  We all have them, and we can all imagine them.  Consider writing a list of various feelings in your notebooks and then remember or imagine situations that would match these feelings.  Writing need not be autobiographical (about the writer)...you may invent the stories behind your poems.

It is Poem in Your Pocket Day!  What poem do you have in YOUR pocket?  Today I am carrying Choices, by Tess Gallagher.

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 21 of National Poetry Month 2016!  Go listen to some tomatoes!

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3 comments:

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

Apparently our blogs are on the same wavelength again today, Amy! Matt Forrest Esenwine wrote a poem about an argument which is featured on TLD. I do love how yours ends. xo

Linda B said...

Happy Poem In Your Pocket Day, Amy. I too love this ending. Holograms are magical, and the idea of an argument is terrific.

Carol said...

I love "The Argument." I think I will carry it in my pocket today!