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Monday, March 5, 2012

Poetry Lessons (For Emily)


I’ve tried to show you
The wonder of the ordinary,
Conjuring the magic Shel found
Where the sidewalk ends,
Watching the woods fill up with snow
While standing beside Robert Frost,
Sharing the joys of being nobody
With that other Emily;
Each poem an opportunity
For a new perspective.

5 comments:

Mary said...

Teaching someone else to love poetry is a gift for a lifetime of enjoyment! Love this.

Mary Mansfield said...

Em is definitely catching the poetry bug. She says The Raven is her favorite poem, she loves the creepy feeling of it even if she doesn't quite understand it all (she turns 11 next month.) She's read lots of Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky, currently is quite enamored of Robert Frost. Stopping by Wood on a Snowy Evening is the first poem she's ever memorized, and she seems to feel the need to share that with me on an almost daily basis. She's started doing some writing of her own as well, a few poems here and there, but mostly nonfiction reports and essays that she "assigns" herself to do at home. Quite a unique kid, she's certainly making Mama proud though :)

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh what a gift you are giving this young girl!!!!!! Wonderful!

wordcoaster said...

Shel is where it started for me! I was hooked before I even knew I had taken the bait ;)

booguloo said...

Thanks for sharing the work of other poets. One of my creative writing assignments was to use Where the sidewalk ends as inspiration. Here it is. http://booguloo.wordpress.com/2010/12/08/the-curb/