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!