Poetry Friday is hosted by Tricia from The Miss Rumphius Effect.
I went into some classes this week to teach a poetry lesson. I asked students, "What is a poem?" The answers varied across the grade levels.
"There are poems about dogs."
"They are like a song."
"It's a little story."
But the most touching answer for me was when a first grader said, "Something you write from your heart."
All these students understood some element of poetry, but this student understands it deeper. He realizes that these little stories about dogs, the rhymes, the little nuggets that poets pull from stories come from our hearts. It was as though he took those words straight from my mouth as I find myself always writing poetry from my heart. I'm sure you will agree.
Today is Chalk-A-Bration at my other blog, Teaching Young Writers. You can get a peek at the lesson I taught and the poems students chalked from their hearts about what it is like "being them."
Here is my chalk poem for the day as I sit on yet another snow day in Michigan.
My thinking drips
like an ice cold slick.
I grab at drops
too quick as they slip.
Away from my tips
my fingers, they grip.
This chalk in my hand
my words finally land.