I spent a beautiful spring morning walking a low-tide beach…the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day. I watched pelicans swoop and soar, children squeal and run, surfers wait and balance, the waves ebb and flow. The salty air and sun on my shoulders are the perfect antidote for those worries that creep in and invade the mind as work piles up and time feels short.
Thinking about poetry this afternoon I found myself reflecting on Earth Day and the importance of taking care of this wondrous planet where we live. I remembered my wonder during spring break as I experienced the greens of Oregon; greens that are not my everyday experience here in San Diego. I had spent a day listing all the green words I could come up with as we traveled from the coast of Oregon to the mountains. Although I’m not sure this is an actual poem, I took time today to figure out a way to categorized those greens…and there are a lot of them! It certainly is not an exhaustive list…I’m interested to know what green words you, kind reader, might add to my list, as well as what categories I have not yet considered. So here it is…a list poem of sorts.
Categories of Green
Fruit and Vegetable Green
And an Earth Day themed student poem:
Things to do if You Are a Leaf
lay back, relax,
feel the rays of light feed veins
when you fall, twirl like a ballerina
as light as a feather
when you turn brown and curl up
then crunch, you’re pieces.
I’m looking forward to learning more greens and green categories…feel free to leave your ideas in the comments! Happy Earth Day!