Yesterday, for THE FRIDAY POETRY ROUND UP, I posted a poem about Sequoia. The poem was one I'd written from a challenge posted by Michelle H. Barnes on her blog, Today's Little Ditty. Earlier in the month Michelle interviewed Nikki Grimes and Nikki posed 10 words and asked us to write poems for one of the words. My poem started with the word leaf and ended up at talking leaves with Sequoia. Then yesterday, Tabatha Yeatts on her blog, The Opposite of Indifference, presented a Biography poem. She used Langston Hughes' poem Helen Keller as a mentor poem for form to write her own poem Louis Pasteur. You can find these poems on her blog here. I love biography poems and told Tabatha I'd try putting my Sequoia information into the format she used for her poem--12 lines! So, here is my attempt. What do you think?
by Joy Acey
for writing Cherokee,
a language they could see.
gave Indians tools
for writing and reading mastery.
He left behind a newspaper
full of talking leaves,
a message so strong
they named, after him, redwood trees.
Using 12 lines can you write a bio poem about yourself or someone you admire? Have fun writing.