"The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish." ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Friday, April 22, 2011

Magnetic poetry

I took paper and pen to the children's museum today, hoping to find inspiration for today's poem while keeping an eye on several children besides my own. In one area there's a wall with words on magnetic strips like a big version of the refrigerator poetry sets you can buy at bookstores. I decided to try writing a poem using only those words, and only once each, as if using the strips to spell out the poem. ("And" appeared on 2 strips and so can be used twice.)

Here are the words:
all and and are as ask at because bird but by dark day family for frog go has home how if in -ing is jump like little me music night or play run saw see she that the to together up want we went were wish with you

Here's what I came up with. I'm hoping the kids may be interested in trying the same thing; if so, I'll add their poems later on.


you and me together
with seesaw wish and want
is little how we like to go
all jumping in the dark


we run at the frog
because jumping is like play.
ask if she saw how.


you ask me if all day is dark
and see how night has run
but like the little family
together we are home

~ Tamary Shoemaker

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