Writing a Poem

Writing a poem:
economy of expression,
explosion of emotion,
collage of the senses.

Writing a poem:
to begin to grow
in truth and love
and spirited imagination.

Finding perfect words
to express our ideas,
to keep memories safe,
to feed our passion.

Writing a poem:
purely delicious,
wickedly satisfying,
exquisitely sentimental.

Likely unprofitable,
beautifully beautiful,
fine and elegant,
writing a poem.

I am attempting to write a poem each day in April to celebrate National Poetry Month. If you need a rationale for using poetry in your reading/writing classroom, I have provided a bulleted list here:

           A Rationale for Poetry

  • Children love the sound of language.
  • Poetry is a genre that has been a part of children’s lives since birth.
  • It can help us see differently, understand ourselves and others, and validate our human experience.
  • Poetry easily finds a home in all areas of the curriculum.
  • It is the great equalizer – a genre especially suited to the struggling or unmotivated reader/writer.
  • Poetry enhances thinking skills and promotes personal connections.
  • Reading poems aloud captures the ear, imagination, and souls of the listeners.
  • The playfulness of language and the ability of words to hold us captive with their intensity, beauty, and genius are particularly apparent in poetry.
  • A poet helps us see things in new ways.
  • Poetry helps to broaden children’s experiences.
  • Poetry can be the voice to claim and name the events we live through.
  • Poetry turns the ordinary into extraordinary.
  • Poetry validates our feelings and helps us make sense of the events of our lives.
  • It gives us ways to gain new insights on old problems.
  • Poetry grants us a place of beauty.
  • Carefully selected poetry has the power to engage readers’ minds and to elicit sensory reactions, passions, and intense emotions.