Saturday, April 27, 2019

Poem #27 - 10 Happy Things

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's poem.

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.  But sometimes, friends, I am breaking these rules.  Rules can help a project, and they can also hinder it.  So I begin with these rules, and then I listen to each poem and what it desires to be.  When given a writing choice between listening to a poem and listening to a rule, I usually listen to the poem.

Today's poem is the only poem I wrote early - it was actually going to be yesterday's poem.  But then John's family invited Miss Betsy and Betsy to today got moved over a day. 

This poem is another list poem, and if you go back through the past 26 poems, you will find other list poems.  Today's poem (like yesterday's) refers back to some of those previous poems as we draw this month to a close.  I am so happy that Betsy has weekend with John.  

If you ever write a poemstory, a series of poems that tells a story, remember to read them through as you go along.  This will help you make connections to your old poems in your new poems.

Thank you to Heinemann for giving away several copies of my book during this National Poetry Month.  Please know that all Heinemann poetry titles are still 40% off through the end of the month!

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. Whew! This is a 'feel good' poem. I'm happy for John, his family, & Betsy, too.

  2. This poem makes my heart happy too!

  3. This one is delicious. I love that Betsy has sleepovers with John on the weekends. What a perfect way for him to enjoy Betsy.And then Miss Betsy gets to keep enjoying her new friend who saved her life on the weekdays. Perfect for everyone. And so wonderful that things are looking up for Johns' family.