I wish I were an old empty trash can
then I could hold your discarded first drafts
and I could be a part of your journey
as you learn your children's poetry craft.
I'd love to see the rhymes you have chosen
and all the silly things that you can do
in your writing of verses for children
to make their days joyous for me and you.
Happy Poetry Friday. I hope it is a good one for you. Yesterday on my morning walk, I was listening to Paul Simon on my MP3 player. Punky's Dilema came on and I was struck by the words:
Wish I was an English muffin
‘Bout to make the most out of a toaster
I’d ease myself down
Comin’ up brown
I prefer boysenberry
More than any ordinary jam
I’m a “Citizens for Boysenberry Jam” fan....
you can read the words to the whole song here.
The song starts with "Wish I was a Kellog's cornflake." Do his lyrics get much more corny than that?
I've always admired Simon's ability to use original, often silly lines in his songs. I thought "I wish I was..." would make a great opening line for a poem.
And as I thought about it, I remembered the Oscar Meyer ad that used the same
beginning--Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Meyer weiner
that is what I'd really like to be
So, here is your poetry challenge for today.
Start with the "I wish I was _______________________." You fill in the blank and go form there.
I wish I were your old dirty running shoe
then we could race along the dusty trail.
And I could take you to the mountain top
and we could keep on running without fail.
I wish I were a little rain drop
falling down from out of a white cloud
and I could help to make your rainbow
with all my colors bright and loud .
I wish I were a bright red cardinal
singing songs, I'd do my best
to feed worms to the baby birds
that I've hatched within my nest.
Now it is your turn. What is the first thing you think of to fill in that blank? Please leave your ideas in the comments, I'd love to see what you come up with.The Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted by Jone Mac this week. You can find more poetry at her blog Check It Out. Jone, Thank you for hosting us this week. What other party games would you like to play at the Roundup?
The Poetry Friday.