I have to say I have read and written more poetry in the past two weeks than I ever have before. It has been a beautiful process and has allowed me to see the significance in shorter lines. In our writer’s notebook we wrote stories about the small moments in life. I like the transition to writing poems about the small moments or small items in our every day lives.
In Awakening the Heart it says, “How we see ourselves inside determines how and why we write, and what poems we choose to read and cherish.” The small moments I choose to write about mean something to me on a deeper level. The objects I write about, like in All the Small Poems and Fourteen More, carry a heavier weight and are valuable to my upbringing.
I mentioned before in another post that I love reading poetry by people I know. I think this is because I get to know more about who they are, how they think, and what is important to them. In turn, I am looking forward to having my students write poetry because it is an avenue to know my students’ hearts too.
Below are drafts of a couple poems I have written this past week.
after Broom from All the Small Poems and Fourteen More pg. 90
The hammock, kept
In a drawer, bundled
In a bag –
Squished all together
As tight as a ball –
From trunk to trunk,
It is another thing,
And forth wrapped
Around a body:
Where it swings,
A long, thin
Nothing at all
With a bag
the parking lot
Heard, G. (1999). Awakening the heart. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Worth, V. (1994). All the small poems and fourteen more. New York, NY: Square Fish.