Friday, October 11, 2019

Our Beehive Brains Make Metaphors

Beehive Brain
by Amy LV

Students - Lately, I have been thinking about how the more different things we do in life, the more we learn. And the more we learn and know, the more we can write about. The more we understand about the world and how it works, the more comparisons and metaphors and similes we can make. If we did not have beehives in our yard, I may not have decided to write about how a beehive is like a brain. Experience grows a writing garden. See, a beehive is NOT a brain. And a brain is NOT a beehive. But they are similar to each other, and in writing My brain is a hive, I make a metaphor, or comparison, calling one thing another thing that it is not actually, but is like.

Learning something new develops our brains, and as my husband Mark has taken on beekeeping, I have learned from him about bees and hives and caring for these creatures. Watching bees got me to thinking about our amazing brains. As bees gather nectar to make honey, we gather ideas to make writing. We gather ideas to make paintings and songs. We gather ideas to make our lives as we wish them to be. Our brains can be as busy as beehives!

In the below video, you can see some of our bees working away in the frames of a hive. Unlike bees, we can choose what to put in our beehive brains. How do we wish to grow our brains? What do we wish to learn about? I think about this a lot.

You may have noticed a couple of wordsmushes and one made up word in today's poem. One of my favorite parts of writing poetry is playing with words. One can do a lot with the 26 letters that make up our English language. And those of you who speak more have even more letters and words to work with.

A Peek Inside a Hive
Video by Mark VanDerwater

Thank you to all of the librarians, teachers, administrators, tech people, custodians, secretaries, and students of the Williamsville Central School District in Williamsville, NY. Over the past few weeks, I have been fortunate to spend six days at the following elementary schools: Dodge, Heim, Maple East, Maple West, Forest, and Country Parkway. I feel very lucky and dedicate today's poem to everyone at those schools. Thank you for spending time with me.

Please don't miss yesterday's post HERE. Award-winning author Marilyn Singer came for a visit with her latest book, WILD IN THE STREETS: 20 POEMS OF CITY ANIMALS. She shares a bit about her writing process, a reverso poem from the book, and her publisher, Words Pictures/Quarto, has offered a book giveaway too.

Catherine is hosting this week's Poetry Friday roundup at Reading to the Core. Visit her place to celebrate gratitude this week, with a poem, a video, a new anthology by Miranda Paul, and a giveaway too. Please know that we gather each Friday, sharing poems and poemlove, and all are always welcome.

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  1. Oh, I love this! What a wonderful BBBBbbbbbbb poem!

  2. I love your metaphors and your smushed words, especially wordflowers. Good luck with your hives. I've never been around hives, but I do have a friend who raises bees. It's quite an adventurous undertaking.

  3. Love seeing those bees, like listening to your brain, Amy! You are a busy poet bee 'humbuzzing'! I'll show this to Imi, a lover of bees, really all insects!

  4. Oh, how I love your "humbuzzing...buzzhumming" brain! This poem is delightful, Amy. Thank you so much for sharing it today!

  5. Love this poem, Amy! My busy buzzing brain kept me up way past my bedtime last night:)

  6. So ticklish, so sting and sweet! This will come up in PK for sure, once we learn to listen for more than 20 seconds. No, literally 20 seconds in the PM class!

  7. What a wonderful metaphor poem, Amy. I love all the playful language!

  8. I love everything about this poem. Now my brain is buzzing!

  9. Lovely, Sweet post Amy! What a treat seeing your beehive and all that inspiring activity–and I love the wordplay with "my brain is a hive, thanks!"

  10. There are so many fun, surprising moments in this poem, Amy. I *love* the last line!