Have you ever written an etheree? I hadn’t–and hadn’t even heard of this particular poetic form until I came across the book Thanku: Poems of Gratitude by Miranda Paul. As I read I came across a poem–an etheree-All This by Liz Garton Scanlon. A poem that begins with one syllable and builds one syllable at a time until it reaches ten syllables in line ten. In All This, Scanlon shows appreciation and gratitude for a small pleasure (or maybe a collection of small pleasures)…the snow, a book, a bubble bath, a cat…
Coming back from our winter break in early January, this seemed like a perfect alternative to resolution making and would ease us all back into writing and reading and thinking and planning. So, in #collaboration with Liz Garton Scanlon, my students and I embarked on some etheree writing…and finally…today, I got their finished Postcards to Myself up on the classroom wall!
It feels like serendipity that this culmination coincided with the #clmooc poetry port invitation #collaboration! I love that I can celebrate my students’ poetry and the power of a mentor text…and my own poem too.
And here is a a closer view of a couple of student creations (8 and 9 year olds)…the first by H:
Bones in the ground
Brushing off the dust
Putting on the soft plaster
Breaking the hard rock to find bone
T-Rex has a small name but it’s huge
Fossils are everywhere in the world.
And another by B:
The Art of Folding Origami
the art of folding
take your time, be precise
make sure you use square paper.
I can fold cranes, swords, hats, and more
fold until your run out of paper
origami is hard, so keep trying.
And my own:
cool frothy waves
and perky sea birds.
I walk and watch and shoot
camera ready, focused
helping me see the world clearly.
I have so much to be grateful for
and I breathe in: inhaling sea’s bounty.
Now it’s your turn to join in the collaboration! Will you try an etheree?
This is now my
obsession. Full time
for six years I have been
tying and giving away
strings to kids. I reckon that I’ve
Given away at least ten thousand
loops of string to stringers old and young. Wow!
Thanks Fred! That was quick! Love how easy it is to work with our passions!