We continued our work with color and poetry today using Marilyn Singer’s poem Watercolors as our mentor text. Students loved the way she described black in such detail. I offered paint chips again today–some kids used them, some went in other directions.
My paint chips were the yellow tones of chamomile tea and the green of cabbage patch. Students had just been out in the garden when they came in to write. You can see that influence in my poem for today.
After the Rain
When the gray clears and the sun peeks out
soothing and warm like chamomile tea,
The outdoors beckons, green and lush
and pea soup
snails slide along the gravelly path
unaware of the
stomp and squish
of colorful sneakers.
She spies the slow slider,
plucks it by the
and gently moves it to the safety
of ice plant.
After the rain.