I thought it was time to start sharing some poetry with you. I love writing poems. It’s a great way to introduce young children to sounds, rhythm and rhyme. As they get older, poetry is a great way for preteens and teens (along with every year beyond) to express themselves with out all of the rules of conventions. They can freely explore their creative side and the possibilities are endless.
Discussing poems from a very early age allows students to begin critically thinking and exploring what the author’s message is.
These are all original poems I have written. Please feel free to share them with your students. Also, encourage them to write their own poems.
A few general questions:
- How does the poem make you feel? Why?
- Are you able to use your other senses to understand the poem? Which ones and how?
- When authors use metaphors and smilies, how can they help you and make the poem more interesting?
- Does the poem have a message?
- Do you like to read/ write this type of poetry?
Here are a few free verse poems:
In shades of color
Depths of pigment
What gifts are on the inside
In the heart
Until you see
Past what the body
Is wrapped in.
~ Jayne Peters
I feel like a cloud
Floating effortlessly in the sky
As the darkness surrounds me
Like a magician’s cloak
I am protected
Here is a sample of a more detailed acrostic poem.