Friday, November 4, 2022

Answer an Unasked Question

Ms. Moon at Tea
by Amy LV

Students - This week found me writing a lot in my notebook, yesterday outside. And as I sat and wrote on that windy day, I wondered what it would be like if the moon came down from the sky to play kickball or drink tea. Tea won as my poem topic because I did not want to share Moon's visit with a whole lot of imaginary kickball players. I wanted her all to myself.

Today's poem addresses the reader directly, the first two lines reading, "Last night/if you didn't see the moon..." It can be fun to do this, to pretend that you are writing a poem to a real, certain someone. After acknowledging this imaginary reader's question, "Why was it so dark last night?" my poem answers the question, explaining that the moon was enjoying a spot of tea with the writer.

You might choose to try this. Think of something someone might wonder, real or pretend...and then write a poem answering this question. As you know from my poem, your answer may be completely curious and magical. Feel free to title you poem "Answer" too. Or not!

Try writing a poem with the word you in it. This kind of writing is called writing in the second person. What will you say to your reader?

Heidi is hosting this week's Poetry Friday roundup at my juicy little universe with a celebration of voting and folktales. Please know that all are welcome each Friday as folks share poems, poem books, poetry ideas, and friendship.


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  1. I love how imaginative this is, Amy. Magical! xo

  2. Oh, I love this! What a creative way to spin a poem. Tea with the moon. Were there crumpets?

  3. Magical is right, Amy. Inspired! Eccentric! Sassy! And, beautiful....

  4. Oh to converse and giggle with the moon.

  5. Thank you for being one of my real, certain someones!

  6. Ha! I did miss the moon, Amy! It has power to visit where it wants, right?

  7. So that's where she was! Last night, she was winking above the barn at Young's Dairy where we stopped for ice cream after our long bike ride!

  8. I adore the image of moon drinking her tea and honey with you!

  9. Love your poem here and on Instagram where I saw it first. You can send her my way anytime for another cup of tea, thanks Amy!

  10. I love your moonless night poem, but most of all I love the idea of having tea with you. You were in my dream last night (early morning) and I marveled at how small Betsy the writing camper was. Why do people come to us in our dreams? Because we miss them.