Friday, August 5, 2016

An Untrue (But Grand) Secret: Writing Pretend Truths


Great Rock
Photo by Amy LV


Students - After reading today's poem, you may be thinking that I really do carry a rock in my pocket all of the time.  I don't.  But I want to.  And I do think about doing so.  And someday...I may.  I do, however, love rocks, all kinds of rocks, and I adore the sound that a rock makes when it hits the road.  Always have.

Sometime earlier this week, I held a rock, and another time earlier this week, I hopped on a hopscotch board we found on a quiet sidewalk.  The combination of these two things brought me to this poem. I enjoyed thinking about a secret tucked inside of a pocket and the idea that we do all have secrets and small treasures that others do not know about.

What sound do you love?

What do you keep in your pocket?

What secret might you share?  A true one...or a pretend one?

It's an honor to host Alexandra Zurbrick at my other blog, Sharing Our Notebooks, this month.  Please head on over, peek into Ally's notebooks, and leave her a comment.  You may just win one of her favorite writing books!

Tara is hosting today's Poetry Friday fiesta over at A Teaching Life.  Poetry Friday is for everyone, and I invite you to visit the posts and just wallow in words all weekend...

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11 comments:

Linda B said...

The grand-girls have started playing hopscotch, although I'm not sure they ever think of keeping a special rock, especially one that's a 'heart' rock. I'll share this with them, Amy!

Catherine said...

Rocks have such distinct personalities, don't they? We used to spend time each summer on a lake in Maine that had a rocky beach. My kids and I loved combing the shore, looking for unique rocks. I still have a box of them in the attic. Now I'm want to go find them and see what treasures are lurking there. Thank you for the inspiration!

Mary Lee said...

In just a couple of weeks, I'll be meeting my new class and inviting them to do just this -- tell about and celebrate those unseen things that make you unique!

Margaret Simon said...

You have a talent for capturing those special moments of childhood, like keeping a rock or playing hopscotch, but more than that, you give appropriate prompts for kids. I'm back in the classroom and will soon be writing poetry with my kids again. Your site will be a regular visit. Thanks.

Doraine Bennett said...

Rock on the road./Rock in my pocket. I just want to say those lines over and over!

Kiesha Shepard said...

What a wonderful invitation to share! I think I'll be searching for my secret pocket treasure today. Have a marvelous weekend, Amy!

Carol Varsalona said...

"My Rock" is a delightful poem that would be great to read when teachers introduce the idea of carrying a poem in your pocket. Thanks for sharing, Amy.

Linda A. said...

A cool rock and a poem that brings back warm memories. Thank you!

Mitchell Linda said...

Adorable without being too cutesy. Got me thinking about what sounds I love! I have pennies in my pocket that no one can see.....might have to say why in some poetry.

Robyn Hood Black said...

Oh, I can just feel that rock in my hand! Actually, my hubby and I came across some stashed treasures from our childhoods a week or so ago; I showed him the special rock I found when I was about 12 that I've kept all these years. :0)

Irene Latham said...

I have a picture book manuscript called IN PETE'S POCKET. This poem makes me want to pull it out and dust it off. Thank you, Amy. xo