Monday, April 24, 2017

Writing the Rainbow #24 - Asparagus

Welcome to my National Poetry Month project for 2017!  Students - Each day of April 2017, I will close my eyes, and I will reach into my box of 64 Crayola crayons.

Aerial View of Crayola Box
Photo by Georgia LV

Each day I will choose a crayon (without looking), pulling this crayon out of the box. This daily selected crayon will in some way inspire the poem for the next day.  Each day of this month, I will choose a new crayon, thinking and writing about one color every day for a total of 30 poems inspired by colors.

As of April 2, it happened that my poems took a turn to all be from the point of view of a child living in an apartment building.  So, you'll notice this thread running through the month of colors. I'd not planned was a writing surprise.

I welcome any classrooms of poets who wish to share class poems (class poems only please) related to each day's color (the one I choose or your own).  Please post your class poem or photograph of any class crayon poem goodness to our Writing the Rainbow Padlet HERE.  (If you have never posted on a Padlet, it is very easy.  Just double click on the red background, and a box will appear.  Write in this box, and upload any poemcrayon sharings you wish.)

Here is a list of this month's Writing the Rainbow Poems so far:

And's crayon.  Asparagus!

Pets Love Friends
by Amy LV

Students - You might recall that a few days ago, our young speaker was talking about eating peanut butter and apricot jam on the stoop with a friend.  Well, for today's poem, I got to thinking about what these two pals might do after eating. Most children and adults that I know like playing with their pets after school.  Enter Asparagus, the apartment lizard.

This was just plain fun to write.  I enjoyed fiddling around with the different sounds and just letting them roll over me.  I think that picking such a silly color name and such a silly word got me in this silly mood.  I did notice, while writing, that this poem ends much like my poem Kindness.  But I still like it, so it's staying. Writers have themes.  This is one of mine.

Why a lizard named Asparagus?  Well, to be honest, it may be because I met a small, sweet white girl kitty named Richard this weekend.  Perhaps unusual names are on my mind.

If you are Writing the Rainbow with me, perhaps your color for today will make you want to play with words and experiment with sounds. Perhaps you will be reminded of something you believe deeply or of a kind act you remember from your own life. Or maybe you'll have a completely surprising, new and totally different inspiration. That's the neat part of writing.

Colors can take us anywhere.  And if you'd like to join in with your own poem at our Writing the Rainbow Padlet, please do! It is one colorful and beautiful place to visit..

Today I am hosting the 2017 progressive poem!  Find this in my last post.  Only six days left to wrap it up!

And please don't miss the links to all kinds of Poetry Month goodness up there in my upper left sidebar.  Happy twenty-fourth day of National Poetry Month!

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  1. Oh, I love this. I love saying it and feeling it. I know kids will love this one, too. Perfect!! I can't wait until these are in a book someday. Hie thee to a publisher!
    Janet Clare F.

  2. Asparagus the Apartment Lizard! Brilliant. (& I'm intrigued by girl-kitty Richard, too.) :0)

  3. When you started with the peanut butter, I began to imagine what was going to be said by some child about "asparagus". So fun, Amy. Having just read the mid-grade book Matylda, it is not so far-fetched to have a lizard named ASPARAGUS, but it is a wonderful poem so full of bouncy rhythm!