Monday, April 25, 2022

Pick a Proverb - Day 25

   

Happy Day 25 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. Dictionary.com 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 - When life gives you lemons, make lemonade - advises us to make the best of a difficult or bad time or experience. Lemons taste sour when eaten plain, but they can be made into tasty lemonade. In this same way, we can strive to turn the sour experiences in our lives into good and sweet and useful ones.

I spent a very long time thinking about the topic of today's poem. Once I decided to write about a birthday party, I first wrote a draft with lots of rhyme. The rhyme worked, and it made sense, but somehow I felt that today's poem should be written in free verse. And so it is.

Listen to your inner writing voice. Sometimes it's quiet, but it's there.

The character of Great Grandma, while much older, reminds me of my own mom. She is able to make lemonade from a stone. Is there someone you admire who might be a good subject for a poem? Remember that you are allowed to change the details. As writers, we can add fictions to our facts to build new worlds and dreams.

Tomorrow I will share a poem inspired by this proverb:

Don't judge a book by its cover.

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 26!

xo,
Amy

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1 comment:

  1. This is one of my favorites so far! Absolutely perfect! I hope these will become a book!

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