Thursday, March 18, 2010

Poetry Slam

Today was one of the first truly gorgeous days of spring. Finally - our reward for enduring such a cold, snowy, long winter! Aidan is recovering from yesterday's surgery - tubes in his ears and his adenoids removed - and needed some quiet, restful activities for the day - doctor's orders.

No one could resist the warmth from the sunshine, however, so in a moment of inspiration, I suggested we head outside with markers, crayons, colored pencils, and a huge new pad of blank paper. We sat on the walkway and drew the "Signs of Spring" that we observed all around us. One thing led to another, and pretty soon, my poet-in-residence was composing his very own nature-inspired works. Here are the best three:

A Haiku -
Beautiful flowers
They need water and sunlight
All different colors!

This poem was a collaborative effort. I started with the first line, and we alternated until Aidan's last two at the end:

Flash of red in a tree
What could it be?
Cardinal perches on a Dogwood branch
The dogwood is very, very high!
Listen close to hear its bark -
The cardinal hears it and --
--flew away!

Aidan's original poem, entirely his own:

Flash of blue
Grab some binoculars
Oh! It's a blue jay!
Listen closely -
blue, blue gee!
blue, blue gee!
blue, blue gee!

1 comment:

Jeff said...

You can take the teacher out of the classroom, but... You continue to amaze me, and that's one thing I love about you most!