You might remember that I bought the book, Things to Do, when I was at Powell’s in Portland last week. (See this link for the post I wrote then) Today I was feeling like my students needed some poetic inspiration…and pulled out the book to read to them. They were immediately enamored, many of them remembering the poem by the same author, Things to Do if You’re a Pencil, that we read last year. We noted the poetic techniques used in each poem and then set out to write our own. As I started hearing the students’ poems, those tingles started running down my spine!
Here’s a sampling, starting with Lauryn’s poem about dolphins.
Things To Do If You Are A Dolphin
watch surfboards float over the water like clouds in a race,
use echolocation to have conversations,
be silly, be fun,
and soar out of the water like a bird gliding into different worlds,
pretend to be a shark
and put your fin up so it sticks out of the crystal clear water,
perform a parade at the end of the day
when the sunset leans over the water
until it shines bright
onto the dolphins jumping
in the air at the same time
Here’s Sadie’s about an idea.
Things to do if You’re an Idea
Tiptoe into someone’s mind, hatch like a bird in an egg.
Start to grow big and lively, like the moon does in the darkest night.
Break free from your hidden cage, make an impact on the world.
And who can resist the poem from our resident Hamilton-obsessed student! (Think: the musical)
Things to do if you are Hamilton
Stand out from a crowd
fight for what is right
never forget what you are or who you are
do the things that you believe
My own poem was also inspired by the reading of the book–along with a photo I took of some bikes when I was UCSD yesterday.
Things to do if You are a Bike
Balance on two wheels
as feet pump
Let air rush past
as you glide
downtime steep hillside
Obey traffic rules
And when you are done
Rest in a rack or in a stack
with your bicycle brethren
We invite you to try out a “things to do” poem…feel free to share yours in the comments!