Friday, October 21, 2016

October - Writing When Your Breath Has Been Taken Away

Our Barn on October 20, 2016
Photo by Georgia VanDerwater

Students - Yesterday, driving to our home with my children, my daughter said, "Look at the hill!  It's breathtaking.  Really, my breath is taken away."

The Hill from the Road
Photo by Amy LV

Later, she took the photo atop this post.  This time of year in Western NY always takes my breath away, and today's post is simply a celebration of fall.  And, well, I suppose it's a celebration of repetition too.  Did you notice the rolling repetition in this poem?

Look for beauty.  It's here.  Even on a down day, it's here.

Through tomorrow, if you are a bilingual primary teacher (English/Spanish), you may enter my giveaway on Twitter.  You can see the information below, and primary teachers of bilingual classrooms may retweet to enter.  Teachers - you can find me on Twitter at @amylvpoemfarm.  If you are not on Twitter, please just comment with the bilingual grade you teach, and I will enter you! 

Tricia is hosting today's Poetry Friday party over at The Miss Rumphius Effect. Please know that everyone is always welcome to Poetry Friday: to read, to celebrate, to share.  Happy PF!  xo, a.

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  1. Gorgeous photograph--your daughter had a great eye! Those leaves are indeed gifts right now.

  2. One of these days I will see this scene. Nothing as striking down here on the Gulf coast. I love the rolling repetition of this poem. I love the sound of the words as much as the words themselves.

  3. What a beautiful poem, Amy. It has the lilt of music. The repeating words do something magical -- along with its magical thought!

  4. Wow, wow, wow! This is gorgeous! I love the way you repeated and expanded- someone else called it rolling repetition- I'm not that fancy, I just love the way the words feel rolling out of my mouth! I can't wait until Monday to share this with kids.

  5. I love that the poem brought me to the "gifts upon the ground". Gorgeous poem (and photo!). October in the desert is so different so I enjoy a taste of autumn through poetry. Thank you. =)

  6. Gowns, twirling and leaving gifts....just gorgeous word pictures in here. And, I love the repetition. I may riff on this poem this week. It's exquisite. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Your poem made me think of the leaves falling and swirling in a repeating cycle....awesome.