Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Pick a Proverb - Day 13


Happy Day 13 of National Poetry Month! April always brings poems, vases full of poems. And over at Jama's Alphabet Soup, Jama always generously shares the various projects happening around the Kidlitosphere during this time. Enjoy!

For National Poetry Month 2022, I will share a daily poem inspired by a popular proverb. defines a proverb as "a short, popular saying, usually of unknown and ancient origin, that expresses some commonplace truth or useful thought." A proverb might also be called a saying, an expression, a maxim, or an adage, and Merriam Webster notes that proverbs are "nuggets of wisdom" which often have popular opposites. Some of you may know the word Proverbs from the book of the Bible, but proverbs are not all from the bible - many come from daily life.

My suggestion is that we write from proverbs in many ways:
  • Write a true story poem inspired by the proverb
  • Make up a story poem connected to the proverb
  • Write a poem agreeing with the proverb
  • Write a poem disagreeing with the proverb
  • Connect a fact or historical moment to the proverb
  • Take any one word or bit from the proverb and write from that
  • Anything else!

Each day of April, I will share a proverb, the meaning of the proverb, and a poem inspired by that proverb. I will also share the the proverb which will inspire the next day's poem. I invite to you write from proverbs of your own choosing or to write proverb poems along with me. You can read some examples and learn a little more about this projects and my 2010-2020 poetry projects HERE.

Here is the PICK A PROVERB LIST that I will write from throughout April 2022, and I will add to this as I discover more proverbs. As school districts block outside Google docs for student access, I welcome teachers to "Make a Copy" of this document and to share it with students from your school district accounts.

And now, today's poem!

Students - Today's proverb - Variety is the spice of life - simply illustrates the idea that our days and years are more interesting when we do different things. Just as food can be tastier with salt, pepper, and other spices, we can spice up our lives by digging into new experiences.

For the first while of working on this poem, the character at hand was not a knitter; he was doing something different. Then, all of a sudden, he was knitting and selecting socks. I won't tell you what he had been doing before the knitting began, but if he shows up in another poem, doing that thing, I will let you know.

I have written many many sock poems here at The Poem Farm, and even a couple of mismatched sock poems. They say that we writers and makers return to the same topics and themes throughout our lives, and this is true for me. Still, though, I do try new things as I agree that variety is a great spice.

Pay attention to today's title. Do you see how it adds new images to the poem? By using my title line carefully, I was able to place four new sock images into your mind: an elephant sock, a racecar sock, a pine tree sock, and a star sock. This allowed the poem to remain shorter and not to contain a huge list of sock images.

Tomorrow I will share a poem inspired by this proverb:

Too many cooks spoil the broth.

I invite you to join me in writing about the above proverb using the suggestions listed above today's poem or in choosing your own proverb from the list linked above and in the sidebar here throughout April 2022. If you have a proverb to add to the list, please write to me with a parent or guardian or teacher through that adult's account.

And if any classes of students are picking and writing proverbs along with me (or doing any connected work), I invite teachers to email me through my CONTACT ME button above. If you'd like, we can talk about publishing your students' work here at The Poem Farm. Please note that I do not respond to emails from students as I do not encourage writing to strangers online, but I do respond to students who correspond through parents, guardians, and teachers. It has been a joy to read the proverb poems that folks have shared, and I thank you for letting me peek into your interesting brains, just as you peek into mine!

Maybe see you tomorrow for Pick a Proverb, Day 14!


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1 comment:

  1. A smile of a last line, Amy! My grandson does not knit his socks but started in high school wearing all kinds with pictures or sayings on them. He was known for it, and now, in college, continues on! I think he enjoys making people smile, as you often do, too!