Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Spring Days Like These

at Two Writing Teachers!
I've been welcoming Poetry Month into my classroom, and it's been really fun so far.  When I was walking out of school today, I thought about writing a post about how poetry has always been a part of my life.  As I climbed in the car, I started to think about some of my favorite poems and how special they've been to me. (I always brainstorm Slice ideas in my head while I drive home from school!)

Then I started driving.  I rolled down the windows and opened the moon roof.  The sun was shining so brightly and the air was so warm, and new words just flew out of the breeze and into my head.  As soon as they started to tumble around in there, I knew that I wasn't going to be writing ABOUT poetry anymore.  I was writing poetry.  (This is how poems always come to me: nature, and then words in a jumble that bounce around my head!)

I walked into the house, threw my school supplies on the ground, and grabbed my notebook before the words left.  (Husband came home while I was writing. As soon as he opened the door, I screeched, "DON'T TALK TO ME!  I'M WRITING A POEM!")

So, Happy Poetry Month!

These days,
when sunbeams sparkle
playfully on the rolling river ripples
and filter
lazily through the just-awakening
green growing trees

I roll
           the windows
and pop open the moon roof,
crank up the country,
and catch
great greedy gulps
of sweet sunshine
and delicious dancing daffodils

Breathe deep
and smile.

These days,
I can

toe-wiggling sandals,
warm-breeze-welcoming tanktops,
foot-tickling grass


crisp crackling fireworks
gleeful glowing fireflies

and days that just never seem to end.



  1. I started to write joy describes your post, but then I remembered the best word: DELIGHT! I love the way you took me through the thought process as you created your poem. I had to laugh at your screech at your husband. Wonderful alliteration!

  2. The first open car windows of spring do let in a jumble of words. I enjoyed how you straightened those words out and put them into a proper pattern. Sometimes, at the end of the car ride, my words just fall in a heap and refuse to cooperate. Still, the breezy ride home with them brings me joy.
    Thanks for sharing your dip into spring.

  3. After a long winter, I am so ready to
    great greedy gulps
    of sweet sunshine"
    Elsie is right, this is a DELIGHT!!!

    By the way, we are not back to a regular blogging schedule. Hopefully soon!

  4. Considering my weather today, I can sure use some great greedy gulps of sweet sunshine, Jennifer! What a marvelous poem. I can't imagine you are not wonderful at teaching poetry; just share this with your students and let them go! I love the arrangement especially-just almost like a song.


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