A Little Poetry

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! I hope you are all healthy and happy as the pandemic marches on. Although it does, it looks like a normalcy may be restored ( hopefully) with the vaccine rollout. In New Hampshire one has to live in a nursing home, be a healthcare worker, be 65 years and older or have dire health conditions to qualify for a shot right now. I may have access to one coming in March or April as I work in a school. My husband is 60 years old and should be allowed to have the vaccine about the same time as me.

Lately I’ve been teaching poetry to one of my reading groups. A few of the kids dislike poetry and I wanted to expose them to the fact that poetry doesn’t need rules nor should it rhyme. We read Love That Dog by Sharon Creech. It’s about a boy named Jack who hated poetry, had no thoughts or ideas about it. Until his teacher and a poet inspired him to write poems about his dog Sky.

I saw the kids embrace the character and start to accept and even embrace poetry. As long as it’s on their own terms then it works. The worse thing you can do for a student is to assign to write a poem about a certain subject. I believe he or she should choose their topic to write about. That way he or she is invested in the poem!

A few days ago I was playing around with magnetic poetry, a site that enables you to write short poems with random words that are given. It was fun to do and then later I went back to add my own words and shape my poems to fit my ideas.

Here are a few. Be kind. I’m an amateur!🤣

The young child

Was embraced by the magic

A Self dance

Wrapped in a velvet skirt

a brilliant red scarf draping

Around her neck

To love oneself

Is born early

The young child grows

Grows and grows

as she dances and twirls through

childhood

with her skirt swaying

to and fro

So does her love

For herself

Grows.

Broken poetry

Far from perfect

May not dazzle you

Yet the words

And feelings 

remain true

The magic of morning

The pink sherbet sky

A gray squirrel crossing the road 

A mystical quiet aura

Hangs over us

And a little

Smile emerges

in the peace

of the day.

All My Best,

Heart and Soul

Mary❤️

5 thoughts on “A Little Poetry

  1. Lovely poetry Mary – I remember having to recite a poem(s) by heart in grade school (can’t remember what) . Turned me off from ever thinking about it let alone trying to compose any. Good for you to give a more positive approach to poetry. to your students 🙂 Hope you’re having a nice Valentine’s Day!

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