Monday, April 4, 2022

Pick a Proverb - Day 4


Happy Day 4 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 all of it...

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!

Along with the daily proverb poem, 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.

List of Proverb Poems from April 2022:

And now, today's poem!

Students - Today's proverb - Two heads are better than one - illustrates how sometimes two people can think of more solutions to a problem more easily than one person might figure out alone. This is why we go to others for advice and to doctors for second opinions.

This poem took me a long time. The writing part did not take a terribly long time, but the coming up with the idea did. I am not exactly sure why, but I did a lot of eyes-closed-thinking and jotting and crossing out and shaking my head before the boy with the clay head collection appeared. Patience. Patience.

This is a Shakespearean sonnet, a 14-line poem with a very particular rhyme scheme. Look above to notice the following lines rhyming:

1 and 3
2 and 4
5 and 7
6 and 8
9 and 11
10 and 12
13 and 14

If you want to use rhyme in your poem, just don't sacrifice meaning for the rhyme. My poems want to make sense first. Then, they might want to rhyme. I find RhymeZone to be a handy tool when I am looking for rhymes.

If you count the syllables, you will notice that there are 10 per line for most of the poem. I did add a syllable in each of the last two lines, so those are 11 syllable lines.

Tomorrow I will share a poem inspired by this proverb:

A picture is worth a thousand words.

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.

Maybe see you tomorrow for Pick a Proverb, Day 5!


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  1. Amy- this is just beautiful. I lost my mom in December. Picturing myself, holding onto her head, hearing her voice inside of me helps. Thank you so much!

  2. Amy, this is such a sweet, tender poem.