Friday, December 22, 2023

Begin with "Somewhere a"

Solstice Sun Gingerbread Cookies
Photo by Amy LV

Students - Here where I live in Western New York, yesterday was our shortest day of the year - the Winter Solstice. My family celebrated with a few friends, many candles and a big bonfire, welcoming the return of the sun and thinking together about the new year ahead. Of course today I am thinking about animals, how they too may mark our longest night and this shift in light.

If you wish to take your brain on a little adventure, just write these words on the next page of your notebook:

Somewhere a

You might write it once and see what appears next. You might write it many times, each time completing the sentence with a surprise from your own heart. Then, if you wish, you might choose one of your Somewhere a ideas and let it offer you a poem.

You can learn a bit more about the Winter Solstice here at CBC Kids News.

Jone is hosting this week's Poetry Friday over at Jone Rush MacCulloch with a joyful solstice post. Each Friday, all are invited to share poems, poem books, poetry ideas, and friendship in this open and welcoming poetry community.

I wish you laughter, love, and light as we begin a new year together. See you again here on January 5, 2024!



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  1. What a perfect prompt — I'm giving it a go.

    Somewhere a writer,
    aching to come back to life
    after a hard season,
    stumbles into the light
    of a poet's solstice words.
    As light is inching
    back into the world,
    so it inches into a soul,
    moment by moment,
    word by word.

  2. I don't know which I love more - the photo of those cookies or your lovely poem! Thank you for all of it, Amy, and I hope you have a wonderful, light-filled Christmas.

  3. Somewhere a poet
    sends students a challenge
    and words ripple through the ether,
    linking all with winter light.

    Happy Christmas/New Year to you, Amy!

  4. I love the shiny "Solstice" cookies, Amy, & now you have me wondering about our own neighborhood fox & what he might be up to in the night. "Somewhere a fox waits for dimming light, his hunger pushing him into the night." Merry Christmas to you & your family!

  5. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thank for the many gifts that come our way from your blog!

  6. Thanks for the great prompt, Amy! I love your foxy poem, and have just been reading some of the old fox and brer rabbit stories. The two go together perfectly. Wishing you a wonderful and poetic holiday.

  7. Just beautiful...a wonderful solstice poem!

  8. Love your poem Amy! Thanks for your inspiring prompt! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    Somewhere magic
    peels off a pen
    fascinates a fox
    and strums our heart strings.
    Wraps us in
    joy, warmth, and love
    recasting solstice darkness
    into escalating light!