Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Swing: National Poetry Month 23 of 30

via WikiMedia Commons by Stilfehler
Swing

Nothing
on a playground shouts freedom
like a swing.

Waiting
to soar 
into the light blue sky.

Reaching
beyond the playground
above the school.

Flying
into the air
among the trees.

Gliding 
with birds
in effortless flight.

Nothing
on a playground shouts freedom
like a swing.

Cathy L. Mere  2014


I'm writing poetry for 30 days.  For the first seven days of the challenge I wrote about "objects of memory," then "objects I just can't live without" and "school objects."  For the next seven days I will be writing about objects that can be found on the playground.  This will help me to prepare for a little poetry writing with students.  Our class will be taking poetry around the building in the days to come.  


April is National Poetry Month.  Again this year, inspired by Mary Lee Hahn, I'm joining other poetry bloggers (view links in sidebar) taking the challenge to share poetry each day during the month of April.  For thirty days my hope is to write a new poem each day.  The first two years I took this challenge I wrote any poem that found me.  This year, however, I've decided to try to write a poem about an object each day.  If you've read Billy Collins' poem, The Lanyard, you may have noticed the way he took an object to tell a much more meaningful story of his relationship with his mother.  My hope is to find the deeper significance in the things around me.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Chalk: National Poetry Month 22 of 30

Chalk

Colorful lines
cover black pavement
bringing smiles
to faces.

What if chalk
had magic?

What if I could
draw a picture
that would come to life;
bring out the sun,
or design a plane
to take me on far away adventures?

What if I could
step inside
the world I made
to discover secrets untold?

What if I could
write my wish,
any wish,
and it would come true?

© Cathy L. Mere 2014



I'm writing poetry for 30 days.  For the first seven days of the challenge I wrote about "objects of memory," then "objects I just can't live without" and "school objects."  For the next seven days I will be writing about objects that can be found on the playground.  This will help me to prepare for a little poetry writing with students.  Our class will be taking poetry around the building in the days to come.  


April is National Poetry Month.  Again this year, inspired by Mary Lee Hahn, I'm joining other poetry bloggers (view links in sidebar) taking the challenge to share poetry each day during the month of April.  For thirty days my hope is to write a new poem each day.  The first two years I took this challenge I wrote any poem that found me.  This year, however, I've decided to try to write a poem about an object each day.  If you've read Billy Collins' poem, The Lanyard, you may have noticed the way he took an object to tell a much more meaningful story of his relationship with his mother.  My hope is to find the deeper significance in the things around me.

Today is the Tuesday Slice of Life Challenge.  Stop by Two Writing Teachers for many great links.  





Monday, April 21, 2014

Math Tools: National Poetry Month 21 of 30

Math Tools

Stack them,
Count them,
Place in tens.
Put them together,
Then count again.

Squares,
Circles,
Cubed shaped too.
Line them up,
It's fun to do.

Sort them,
Group them,
Count them all.
Numbers big,
and numbers small.

Add,
Subtract,
To solve a problem.
Math tools help,
They're really awesome.

Link them,
Join them,
Make a line.
With friends or alone
They work just fine.

© Cathy L. Mere  2014





I'm writing poetry for 30 days.  For the first seven days of the challenge I wrote about "objects of memory," and then I wrote about "objects I just can't live without."  For the next seven days I will be writing about objects that can be found at school.  This will help me to prepare for a little poetry writing with students.  Our class will be taking poetry around the building in the days to come.  


April is National Poetry Month.  Again this year, inspired by Mary Lee Hahn, I'm joining other poetry bloggers (view links in sidebar) taking the challenge to share poetry each day during the month of April.  For thirty days my hope is to write a new poem each day.  The first two years I took this challenge I wrote any poem that found me.  This year, however, I've decided to try to write a poem about an object each day.  If you've read Billy Collins' poem, The Lanyard, you may have noticed the way he took an object to tell a much more meaningful story of his relationship with his mother.  My hope is to find the deeper significance in the things around me




Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Band-Aid®: National Poetry Month 20 of 30

The Band-Aid®

The paper left a slice
and it didn't feel so nice,
get a band-aid.

You have a little cut
and the gash it will not shut,
get a band-aid.

As you sat, you picked a scab
and it's really hurting bad,
get a band-aid.

That hangnail hurts a lot,
you need protection for that spot,
get a bandaid.

Much better you will feel,
though it might not help it heal.
Yes, the bandaid.

It hurts and makes you cry,
but this will dry your eyes.
Yes, the bandaid.

It works almost every time
and in relief we all do chime.
Yes, the bandaid.

© Cathy L. Mere 2014



If you've been to a first grade classroom,  you know there's nothing that fixes things like a band-aid.  


I'm writing poetry for 30 days.  For the first seven days of the challenge I wrote about "objects of memory," and then I wrote about "objects I just can't live without."  For the next seven days I will be writing about objects that can be found at school.  This will help me to prepare for a little poetry writing with students.  Our class will be taking poetry around the building in the days to come.  


April is National Poetry Month.  Again this year, inspired by Mary Lee Hahn, I'm joining other poetry bloggers (view links in sidebar) taking the challenge to share poetry each day during the month of April.  For thirty days my hope is to write a new poem each day.  The first two years I took this challenge I wrote any poem that found me.  This year, however, I've decided to try to write a poem about an object each day.  If you've read Billy Collins' poem, The Lanyard, you may have noticed the way he took an object to tell a much more meaningful story of his relationship with his mother.  My hope is to find the deeper significance in the things around me

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Paper: National Poetry Month 19 of 30

Paper

White,
blank,
waiting
for small hands
to fill it with color,
creating,
sharing,
covering the space
once silent,
whispering stories,
memories,
notes
across the paper.
Bringing the world
to the page,
the page
to the world.

© Cathy L. Mere 2014


I'm writing poetry for 30 days.  For the first seven days of the challenge I wrote about "objects of memory," and then I wrote about "objects I just can't live without."  For the next seven days I will be writing about objects that can be found at school.  This will help me to prepare for a little poetry writing with students.  Our class will be taking poetry around the building in the days to come.  


April is National Poetry Month.  Again this year, inspired by Mary Lee Hahn, I'm joining other poetry bloggers (view links in sidebar) taking the challenge to share poetry each day during the month of April.  For thirty days my hope is to write a new poem each day.  The first two years I took this challenge I wrote any poem that found me.  This year, however, I've decided to try to write a poem about an object each day.  If you've read Billy Collins' poem, The Lanyard, you may have noticed the way he took an object to tell a much more meaningful story of his relationship with his mother.  My hope is to find the deeper significance in the things around me



Friday, April 18, 2014

Color My World: National Poetry Month 18 of 30

via wikimedia commons Jimmy Joe
Color My World

I have a pack of crayons,
a pack of just twenty four.
They've always been all I needed.
There wasn't a need for more.

I could color a yellow orange sun,
a tree of deepest green,
or maybe a small blue pond,
my pictures a colorful scene.

One day I discovered a big pack,
with colors so vivid and bright.
I knew I just had to have it,
to color a world just right.

Imagine what I could color,
with crayons like Caribbean green,
or purple mountain's majesty,
unmellow yellow could brighten the scene.

Of course a giant box of 120,
will give me color galore.
There's fuzzy wuzzy brown,
macaroni and cheese, and more.

Crayola® has all the colors
to make my picture sing,
as color jumps from the page
the joy crayons can bring.

©  Cathy L. Mere





It's Poetry Friday!  Today's round up is being hosted by Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge.  Stop by more great poetry links!

I'm writing poetry for 30 days.  For the first seven days of the challenge I wrote about "objects of memory," and then I wrote about "objects I just can't live without."  For the next seven days I will be writing about objects that can be found at school.  This will help me to prepare for a little poetry writing with students.  Our class will be taking poetry around the building in the days to come.  


April is National Poetry Month.  Again this year, inspired by Mary Lee Hahn, I'm joining other poetry bloggers (view links in sidebar) taking the challenge to share poetry each day during the month of April.  For thirty days my hope is to write a new poem each day.  The first two years I took this challenge I wrote any poem that found me.  This year, however, I've decided to try to write a poem about an object each day.  If you've read Billy Collins' poem, The Lanyard, you may have noticed the way he took an object to tell a much more meaningful story of his relationship with his mother.  My hope is to find the deeper significance in the things around me.  




Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spork: National Poetry Month 17 of 30

Spork

via Photobucket by Brandie 876
No knife.
No fork.
No spoon.
Just spork.
Glorious spork.
To eat
green beans,
salad,
applesauce,
and soup,
one must become
skilled
at the art
of sporking
food
in the school
cafeteria.

©  Cathy L.  Mere  2014


I'm writing poetry for 30 days.  For the first seven days of the challenge I wrote about "objects of memory," and then I wrote about "objects I just can't live without."  For the next seven days I will be writing about objects that can be found at school.  This will help me to prepare for a little poetry writing with students.  Our class will be taking poetry around the building in the days to come.  


April is National Poetry Month.  Again this year, inspired by Mary Lee Hahn, I'm joining other poetry bloggers (view links in sidebar) taking the challenge to share poetry each day during the month of April.  For thirty days my hope is to write a new poem each day.  The first two years I took this challenge I wrote any poem that found me.  This year, however, I've decided to try to write a poem about an object each day.  If you've read Billy Collins' poem, The Lanyard, you may have noticed the way he took an object to tell a much more meaningful story of his relationship with his mother.  My hope is to find the deeper significance in the things around me.