5/30 important

The important thing about libraries is that they are full of stories.

They are places where people meet and learn.

Full of children playing and people hunt-and-peck typing.

The shelves make space for more games and maker items than they used to, but that’s just another way to story.

So, the important thing about libraries is that they are full of stories.
*Inspired by Margaret Wise Brown’s The Important Book

4/30 a poem

A poem is when you read words more with your heart than your mind.

A poem is when you do something you love and you fill with sunshine..

A poem is a long lingering coffee with an old friend who knew you before all the things happened and loves you more because of all the things.

A poem is splashing water on your face before you dive into a cold lake so it won’t be such a shock.

A poem is the quiet before the rest of the house wakes up.

A poem is what a risk looks like on paper.

* Today’s poem inspired by This is a Poem that Heals Fish, which I used to help my students define a poem. I love that they took a risk in learning even though they didn’t all love it, they all tried it on.

2/30 a personal dictionary of obscure emotions

What’s that word for future missing; being in an experience and knowing someday it will fondly remembered and deeply missed? Trees reach dark fingers toward black sky, while snow floats gently down and gathers on your eyelashes as we chat about work, and errands, and other banalities.

* I’m writing 30 poems in 30 days to take a writing risk for my students. Eek… it’s hard.

1/30 Legends

When he was six,

He made a joke and I went along with it

And we laughed and laughed.

Five years later, he still tells the story of how hard we laughed that day.

And that’s how family legends are born.

 

*I decided to celebrate poetry month by writing a poem a day for 30 days…Taking a risk to show my students it can be done 🙂