Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Chalk: National Poetry Month 22 of 30


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.  


  1. Cathy,
    I love the What if structure of this poem. Something to challenge all we think is possible.

  2. Chalking is fun! Your poem leaves me thinking about how many chalk drawing could lead to worlds unknown and kind of sad too as they are washed away-never again the same after the rains!

  3. The playfulness of the what ifs got my mind reeling! Sometimes I feel like I do write my way into wishes coming true. It's not immediate, but it happens!


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