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Friday, August 7, 2015

SKIPPING ALONG

Poem A

Skipping along
dropping lines
on my way.
It's the reason
I'm late
with my poem
today.


Poem B

Skipping along
tossing words
in the air.
I'm writing a poem
with my usual flair.

  Which do you like better, Poem A, or Poem B? Please leave your vote in the comments below. I got a card in the mail today from my friend Juanita Hoffman.  In the card she used the phrase "skipping along."  I knew it had to be in a poem.  Normally, I avoid using gerunds (those ing words) in poems, but I liked the sound of skipping, and then I had to follow that one with another gerund in the next line.  Do you ever hear phrases you just know must be in a poem?  Turn on the TV or radio, or just listen to someone talking.  Can you use the first words you hear in a poem?  Who knows what you'll come up with.  Have fun writing. 

Anyone can be rhapsodic over children's poetry. 

4 comments:

  1. Skip on! Don't worry about being late, if it's for the sake of poetry!

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    1. Thanks, Mary Lee for the encouragement. We are trying to sell our house and so I spent all day yesterday getting ready for a showing. I scrubbed, vacuumed, mopped, dusted, polished, and put everything away. I didn't have much time for poetry until late at night.

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  2. Joy,
    I like the first poem better because it reminds me of "A tisket, a tasket" and dropping poems, lines from poems, etc. I'd suggest changing the ending to reflect a child's excuse, perhaps for cleaning her room, and then send it off to kid magazines.

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Linda.

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