Poetry: I love to read it, but dislike writing it! A few years back, when the lovely Jen from Sprite’s Keeper was the Master Spinner, she chose poetry for the Spin Cycle. Here’s the poem I wrote:
Years ago, in a small classroom I taught
Seven-year-olds, smart and adorable.
I read poetry aloud, funny and sweet,
But teaching poetry to write? Horrible!
I loved teaching all subjects, 3 R’s included,
But I, a poet? Am not!
And as you know, those second graders insisted
On using words like “booger” and “snot.”
Word families were easy; rhyming, a cinch!
But writing in verse is much harder.
“Just try it,” I said. “Keep on writing!” I begged,
“Your brains will grow so much smarter!”
My heart went a-flutter. “I can’t do it!” I cried.
On second thought, I recalled what I taught to those kids,
My own advice I should take, so I tried.
This poem you’re reading is my second attempt,
Please, please, don’t tease me or taunt.
If you’re graciously reading this post to the end,
Comment, and your own poetry skills flaunt!
This week, the last week in April, we’re going to write poetry! If you would rather share your favorite poets and poems, that’s okay, too!
Link up your poems any day this week!