Poetry Friday: Equation Poems

I first learned about equation poems from Laura Purdie Salas’ Snowman-Cold=Puddle: Spring Equations. In this book, Laura challenges readers to look at ordinary objects a little bit differently, imagining how they may have come to be what they are, or how other things might affect them. It’s a little bit poetry, a little bit math, a little bit science, and a whole lot of fun. Laura has been posting an equation poem every day on her blog, so be sure to check out her examples. She also offers lots of resources for teachers and writers on her website.

Because of Laura, I was inspired to try a few myself.

backyard – snow = green

robins + worms = breakfast

filled feeder + migrating birds = visitors

Earlier this year we had to take down some old pines in our backyard. I tried to make it up to the birds by planting some new inkberry bushes.

backyard – pines = homelessness

backyard + inkberries = bluebird delight

Catherine at Reading to the Core has the Poetry Roundup for today.

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Poetry Friday: Wind

Today I’m participating in Poetry Friday.

I challenged myself to write a poem every day in April and so far I’ve been successful. Most of my poems are free verse, so I also wanted to challenge myself to try some new structures this month. In my research I came across a form called Magic 9. It appears to have been created when a poet mistakenly misspelled the word “abracadabra” leaving out the r’s. So the rhyme scheme for Magic 9 is: abacadaba

Here’s my attempt (which was harder than I thought it would be):

Wind

Wind can be a gentle breeze –
a kiss for Flower and Leaf.
Gusts soar kites above the trees
and whisper Dandy’s wishes.
A squall can anger waves in seas
or change Cloud’s fleecy form.
Wind will waltz through snow with ease
Then settle with relief –
Nature’s constant reprise.

Jama at Alphabet Soup has the roundup for today. Head over there for a poem from former UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy as well as links to other wonderful poems.

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2021 Progressive Poem: Next Line

This is my second year of participation in the Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem. You can read more about it here. Yesterday Jan at Bookseed Studio chose Line #5:

I’m a case of kindness – come and catch me if you can!

Easily contagious – sharing smiles is my plan.

I’ll spread my joy both far and wide,

As a force of Nature I’ll be undenied.

Words like, “how can I help?” will bloom in the street.

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Jan then offered me these two lines to choose from:

A new girl alone on the playground – let’s meet! let’s meet!

or

See that child sharing grapes with a friend? (This was the line she didn’t choose from the lines offered to her).

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Both great lines that offer lots of possibilities to show kindness. I like the way this poem is playing out in rhyming couplets (at least that’s the way I see it), so I decided to keep that going:

I’m a case of kindness – come and catch me if you can!
Easily contagious – sharing smiles is my plan.

I’ll spread my joy both far and wide,
As a force of Nature I’ll be undenied.

Words like, “how can I help?” will bloom in the street.
A new girl alone on the playground – let’s meet, let’s meet!

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So, now it’s my turn to offer two choices to Denise at Dare to Care. The new girl on the playground kept coming up in my thoughts and I wasn’t quite ready to let her go yet. I thought about offering two lines about her, but the poem could also head in a different direction. I decided to let Denise choose. Here are my offerings :

We can jump-skip together in a double-dutch round.

or

I spy Mrs. J toting grocery bags.

I’m truly honored to be a part of this wonderfully creative group. Looking forward to seeing how the poem continues! Thanks everyone.

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Poetry Friday: The First of April

Happy Poetry Month!

Because it’s April, I’m challenging myself to write a poem every day this month. I thought about trying to find a theme, or a direction, but in the end I just decided to let my writing go where it wants to go, noticing, observing, and trying to find poetry in the rhythm of the day. And since my OLW for 2021 is TRUST, trusting my instincts seems like a good plan.

Yesterday began gray and chilly after some particularly warm and sunny days. Was April playing a joke?

The First of April

April enters drearily,
dreamily
in a gray-white sky,
in raindrops suspended in time.
But…
in greening grass dotted with daffodils,
and in tulips begging to burst,
No fooling!
There is promise of a brighter tomorrow.

Mary Lee has the Poetry Roundup today. And I’ll be back on Wednesday with my contribution to this year’s Progressive Poem that you can follow. Check here for the daily links.

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Spring Fling Contest: Suzy’s Bracelet

I love writing contests! Maybe it’s the challenge, maybe it’s the focus, or maybe it’s just because it’s fun. Yesterday I received word that I got an honorable mention in Vivian Kirkfield’s 50 Precious Words Contest, and I was thrilled. Today I’m back at it again for the 2021 Spring Fling Kidlit contest organized by Kaitlyn Sanchez and Ciera O’Neal. Basically, it boils down to matching a story of no more than 150 words to a spring GIF (or creating your own GIF). Hope you enjoy reading it! The link to the GIF is here.

Suzy’s Bracelet (145 Words)
by Rose Cappelli

The link to the GIF is here.

Suzy skipped along, her new bracelet shimmering in the sun. What fun to celebrate spring with a picnic in the park! Before joining her friends, Suzy laid her bracelet on a bench. She couldn’t risk her treasure slipping off and getting lost or broken.

The friends raced and climbed and tumbled. When it was time to eat…

 “My bracelet!” shrieked Suzie. “It’s missing!”

Suzy checked beside the bench. She dug around the snacks in her lunch bucket and combed through the tall grass.

Her friends helped, too. Tanya overturned rocks. Billy poked in a leaf pile. Marcy rummaged under trash. Yuck!

They searched and searched and searched until…

Caw! Caw!

Was someone laughing?

Instead of looking down and through and in and under, they all looked…

up!

There, in the crabapple tree, perched two cackling crows, a nest…

and Suzy’s bracelet shimmering in the sun.

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