Sunday, April 24, 2016

Wallow in Wonder Day 24 - Please Don't Ask


Welcome to Day 24 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
April 21 - This Argument We're Having - a poem inspired by Wonder #1673
April 22 - After a Week in Foster Care - a poem inspired by Wonder #1674
April 23 - Pay Attention - a (recycled) poem inspired by Wonder #1675

And now for Day 24!


I Love All of Them!
by Amy LV




Students - This is a really true poem for me.  I am TERRIBLE at favorites!  And people do often ask what my favorite things are.  It's funny and difficult not to be able to answer.

Sometimes poems are true to the poet's beliefs.  Sometimes, however, they are not. It is important to remember this.  When you read someone's poem, don't assume that it is about that person's real feelings or family or pet or beliefs.  But sometimes it is...like today's poem here at The Poem Farm. I do not have favorites.

Today's poem came about because honestly, I cannot IMAGINE what the "best place on Earth" could possibly be. I mean, there are so many absolutely magnificent and magical places on this planet.  I started to write about the favorite places of different animals, but then I just started writing about favorites and how difficult favorites are for me.

Last week, my daughter had her hair cut, and she was so relieved that "The hairdresser didn't even ask me about school."  She's also mentioned recently that people "Always ask what you want to do someday but never ask about what you are doing and interested in now."  Her statement made me think about the questions that I ask people of all ages.  Sometimes others' questions are difficult to answer.

Do you have favorites?  If you do, maybe you will want to write about one of them. Or can you think of a question that is difficult for you to answer? If so, it might be a good poem idea.  

I'd call today's poem a list poem (a list of favorites I do not have) and I'd also call it a request poem.  Do you see how it is in two stanzas?  The first one tells the question that others often ask, and the second one is the long-winded response.

I hope that today's poem doesn't sound grumpy, for I do not feel cranky about this topic.  I do wonder, however, why I have never really had favorites!

I feel very lucky 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 24 of National Poetry Month 2016!

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2 comments:

Mary Lee said...

And don't ever ever ever ask me my favorite book or author!!!

Linda A. said...

I'm with you, Amy. Too many choices to be able to stick with a constant favorite!