Sylvia Vardell & Tricia Stohr-Hunt
One of the things we talked about during the Poets and Bloggers Unite session was Tricia’s Monday Poetry Stretches at The Miss Rumphius Effect. I’ve participated in a number of the Poetry Stretches. They’ve been a way for me to actually “stretch” my creativity and experiment with writing different types of poems and poems about specific subjects. Through the stretches, I’ve learned to write clerihews, triolets, centos, and tankas. In addition to bloggers, a number of published children poets--including Jane Yolen and Julie Larios--often take part in Tricia’s poetry challenges.
Earlier this year, I wrote a poem for Tricia’s Monday Poetry Stretch—Shoes.
I really enjoy writing mask poems--and imagining what it might be like to be an animal, a character from a book, an historical figure, an inanimate object, or an element of nature. I decided to write a mask poem for the stretch from the point of view of the soles of a pair of shoes.
We’re the well-worn soles of shoes
reading all the sidewalk news.
As we go along our way
we broadcast headlines of the day:
dots of rain
wad of bubblegum
of cherry popsicle
its sticky sweetness
cool and red
by root of tree
of injured knee
ghost of ant
whose remnants lie
flattened from a passerby
We just stepped in doggy do!
Click here to read the rest of the Poetry Stretch Results—Shoes.
At Wild Rose Reader, I have Two Poems Two Ways. I rewrote two of my "things to do" poems as mask poems. I'd like to get people's opinions about which version of each poem they prefer.
Jone has the Poetry Friday Roundup at Check It Out.