Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Wallow in Wonder Day 26 - Not Anymore


Welcome to Day 26 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
April 24 - Please Don't Ask - a poem inspired by Wonder #201
April 25 - Mama Kangaroo's Poem - a poem inspired by Wonder #447

And now for Day 26!


Unexpected Tears
by Amy LV




Students - Today's I offer you a free verse poem.  And it's also a bit of a before and after poem, something I talked about on Day 18 regarding Once.  This is one of my more serious pieces, and I wrote it because I am feeling sad about something right now, sad about something that happened to some people I care about very much.

Poems can help us make sense of hard times, and they can help us understand our own feelings, can help us reflect.  When I read yesterday's Wonder about weather forecasting, I went in many directions at first.  I could not stop thinking about how people can be tough on those who predict weather...and how this feels unfair.  After all, there are so many things that I cannot predict, even when those events, relationships, sicknesses have signs. Sometimes signs are inaccurate...and sometimes we miss signs.  Life is like this, like weather. Perhaps this is what makes it so precious and beautiful.

Each of us pauses to stop and think at times.  And these thoughts can become the seeds for poems.  It is very important to pause to think, poems or not.  Pause. Think. It will help you live better.

Yesterday, I happily introduced teacher Emily Callahan and her students from Kansas City here to The Poem Farm.  They are a magical bunch, and I will be featuring their post all week.  It also holds a giveaway to a commenter.  So please, to learn about Popcorn and Poetry...visit HERE.

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 26 of National Poetry Month 2016!

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2 comments:

Margaret Simon said...

From weather predictions to sadness, how do you find the human thing in the Wonder of the Day? So sorry for your sadness. Sometimes life sucks. Hope the sun shines soon.

Mary Lee said...

A grey lifesky. I've known some. A friend has one now. Trying to figure out how to be the high pressure system that moves those clouds away!