Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Poem #16 - Under Blue Sky

Welcome to my 2019 National Poetry Month Project

Each day of April, I will write and share a new (first person, free verse, fewer than 15 lines not including spacing) poem. Taken together, these will tell a story about John and Betsy, two characters I posted about on March 22.  This will be new for me, and I invite anyone who wishes to join me in writing a collection of 30 poems that tell a story.

Here is a list of this month's poems so far:

And now...today's poem.

Drum Heart
by Amy LV

Students - This month's poems will tell a story about John and Betsy, and all of the poems will have three things in common: each will be written in John's voice, each will be 15 lines or shorter (not including spacing), and each will be written in free verse. I find it helpful to set writing boundaries for myself, so I chose three to work with over the next 30 days.


It IS Betsy.  I have been hoping for today's poem for many days now, and it is so good to see Betsy again.  I tried to show John's excitement through the repetition of Betsy's name, the repetition of the phrase It's her and the highlighting of objects in bright color again.

Also, as I am not rhyming and instead relying on other poetic techniques, you may have also noticed the stretching out of the word "disappears."  I wanted the first part of this poem to feel slower than the second part.  A writer can control this slowness/fastness through the use of line breaks.  Try using longer line breaks when you wish for a reader to read more slowly and shorter line breaks when you wish for a reader to skip along more quickly.

I know that some of you are or will soon be writing your own stories through poems, and it is my hope that you will share some of these here.  We do all learn from each other in this beautiful world, and I look forward to learning from you.

Each Friday of National Poetry Month, Heinemann has generously offered to gift a copy of my book POEMS ARE TEACHERS to someone who has commented during the week.  This book includes over 150 poems by contemporary poets and students alike as well as over 50 poem explorations written by me. I will keep track of comments and will draw one name each Thursday evening, to be announced each Friday of the month. To be entered into these drawings, please do leave a way to contact you along with your comment.  And...Heinemann is offering 40% of all poetry professional books throughout April...thank you Heinemann!

If you would like to learn more about other National Poetry Month projects happening throughout the Kidlitosphere, Jama has rounded up many NPM happenings over at Jama's Alphabet Soup.  Happy National Poetry Month 2019!

See you tomorrow!


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  1. I LOVE that John sees Betsy (should I admit that I checked at 10:01 last night?). I love the repetition of the word Betsy in the second stanza. I also love the way you used the line length in the last two stanzas. That really works too.

  2. It's her! Can't wait to see what happens next. I love how you've been dramatizing each moment of this story, making us feel each emotion in turn.

  3. So excited that John has discovered Betsy at the park. We were all hoping it was so! But now, what's next? I may be checking at 10:01 like Carol.

  4. Oh, the happiness shows, but now, what will happen? You have us concerned about John, and when I think about it, Betsy, too! This is good, Amy, but tense!

  5. How wonderful that John found Betsy. He is very brave. The last stanza holds the drama as John makes the move closer to Betsy. I like how you had each line a bit shorter than the one before it.

  6. My grade 6 class is very invested in the story and are waiting with bated breath to see what happens!