I’m a pretty faithful beach walker, often logging miles several days a week out on the shore. Today, I decided to take an urban walk, exploring a path not far from home. The first half mile was a pretty steep climb–my device registered it as 19 floors! I crossed a bridge and headed off a dirt pathway were I had views of the city below.
On my return trip I got the downhill portion of the walk and felt my heart in my throat when I nearly stepped on a snake! But it did inspire today’s poem.
as the sun heads west
is the perfect time
for a walk.
The birds chatted
with squirrels and lizards,
the whitewashed fence
a perfect porch.
strick a pose against
the baby blue April sky.
My feet carried me
across the miles
the dirt, the gravel, the leaves
back to the asphalt
where I crossed paths
with skinny snake,
in our tracks
by the sight of the other
until the breeze whispered
and we parted ways.
And a few poems about poetry written by my students. It’s such fun to watch their poetry skills grow over the course of the month!
Poetry is Many Things
Poetry is a magical treasure of words
in many different forms
hidden away in a jungle
where the birds sing their songs of inspiration
warming the spark in you that makes
you look at the poems in the clear diamonds on leaves.
I love when a line in a poem catches me by surprise…
Poetry is ideas floating onto a blank piece of paper
and rivers of words rush onto a page.
Powerful words stick out
like a Ferris wheel at the crowded fair.
Onomatopoeia brings poems to life
and similes crash like waves in the ocean.
After all the commotion
a poem is born.
And when you can feel emotion…
Poetry is like the last rays of sun on a sunset
it leaves with beauty and sadness at the same time
poetry is like a song that sings forever
and when you forget
it will always whisper back.
And one more…
Poetry flows in my mind like the ocean
Softy and gentle like a breeze
Fragrant like a rose
paints a picture in my mind
When I hear poetry it sounds like nature
When I start a poem it tastes ripe and fresh
Poetry is a feeling in your heart
Enjoy your walk through some poetry today!
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Hi Margaret. My class was so excited that you chose to carry Avi’s poem today! And Avi was speechless! Thanks for letting me know.
These are beautiful! You and your students are inspiring me to write more poems. I LOVE these!