My day started early today, with a flight at the crack of dawn. On the first official day of spring break I was thinking about my students and wondering if they would continue their daily poetry without being at school. Imagine my delight when I found a couple of poems in my inbox this morning!
Showers of love, chicks hatching, flowers blooming
You know that spring’s warm scented air will come soon
To bundle you up
and say you’re safe here
Photo and poem by Amelia
(Photo and poem by Alyson)
My own poetry was inspired by some pretty unfamiliar weather for me… I left mild San Diego to arrive in northern Oregon, experiencing a nonstop rainstorm, complete with howling winds. It hasn’t dampened our spirits (although my raincoat is pretty darn soggy!). After being buffeted by wind and rain as we explored coastal Seaside, I found inspiration in the idea of music…and of course, a seagull!
A Stormy Symphony
She blows, her instrument tuned
to the pitch of the sea
sounding a somber melody
crescendoing to a dramatic roar.
A steady drip drop
creates the back beat in syncopated rhythm.
Birds dance, pushing their bodies
against the currents, spinning in the updrafts.
A lone seagull listens
to the stormy symphony.