Family Album Page by John Conolly
Photo by Amy LV
Students - Today, on St. Patrick's Day, I am finding myself thinking about my family and how they traveled over the ocean at different times to live here in the United States. I took a bit of time to look at my mother's mother's father's photo album...and it got me thinking.
Consider taking time to look at some old pictures or old family belongings. See what new thoughts they give to you. You never know....
And now, a Poetry Peek!
Last week I was very lucky to visit several schools in Northern New Jersey. One of these was Radburn Elementary School, and they held a poetry contest the week I visited. Here are the two poets whose poems were selected by the school for sharing here at The Poem Farm. So many congratulations to all who wrote....writing a poem is a present to yourself.
Today, welcome to Ulee and Thanvi, whose poems explore questions and wonders. Enjoy their thoughtful poems, shared with us by Radburn principal Jill Lindsey.
Thinking about nothing is thinking about something
Doing nothing is doing something
Being nowhere is being somewhere
When I'm up to nothing, I'm up to something
Because there is never nothing
An empty room is filled with air
Just as every head is filled with hair!
If an empty room is filled with air
And the action of doing nothing is doing something
What is an empty thought?
Without nothing, without something
Is that possible?
No, because there is never nothing.
by Ulee K., grade 5
What do Parents do?
What do parents do?
do dads work or
eat pizza all day?
what do parents do?
do moms cook
watch TV until
I do not know
what parents do
when I'm at
school but I
sure want to
now what they
by Thanvi Y., grade 2
Reading these poems may have reminded you of some questions that you wonder about. As Ulee and Thanvi show us, things we wonder about can inspire strong poetry.
Please visit Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge this week for the Poetry Friday roundup, a weekly celebration of poetry and all of its goodnesses.
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