Poetry Inside Every Child

Very young children speak in poetry. They often just need their words caught  and written down. Sometimes they actually rhyme and have meter, but most often not. Reading poetry together inspires poetry writing. Writing poetry together helps children express their poetry. And exploring types of poetry melds these together. Types of poems that work well for…

The Poet’s Toolbox

The poet’s main tools Writer’s block hits in a different way when I write poetry. Instead of having blank thoughts, I have thoughts without the words to convey them. It’s the feeling you have when you need to sneeze and you say it out loud and then you can’t. I use two main tools and…

Poetry Massacres

Poetry can mean playing with words. After someone has arranged their words into a lovely poem, the rearrangement and misappropriations begin at our house. We  massacre poetry. For fun. Murdered Poetry I must give credit to my older brother for this rendition he wrote me as a teenager: Roses are red, Violets are blue, Sugar…

Quoting Poetry

My life can be traced in the lines of poetry Before it was popular to read to your baby before birth, my mom was reading nursery rhymes and Robert Louis Stevenson’s poetry to my brother as he sat on what was left of her lap, and I was listening.   My earliest memories of my…

Poetry from Within

We’re nearing the end of February, and thus far, I’ve kept my New Year’s goal of writing a poem each week! Hooray! I love how this goal pushes me. So, today you get a taste of what I’ve been working on: Husbanding Stick by stick we untangle our yard; Long years of disrepair ravaged bushes;…

His Poetry

The sermons my pastor preaches often press me, mold me, shape me, and draw my pencil into poetry. When Karen taught teen girl’s Sunday School she gave the girls an assignment one month to write a poem from the service each Sunday. Not only did it help the girls pay closer attention, and absorb the…