Thursday, April 30, 2015

#napowrimo15 If Only


If only…

If only 
the fragrant floret of the spring lilac bloomed the summer through;
If only
the yellow dazzle of dandelions
delighted the neighbor’s view;
If only 
the sweet songs of spring birds
stayed softly the year through
If only
these, would woes diminish
and poems flourish?

NaPoWriMo15 April 30  Sheri Edwards


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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

#napowrimo15 Giraffe Clips

Giraffe Clips

A challenge:
From five paper clips
To bend and shape
What kind of animal
Can you make?

Sheri Edwards
NaPoWriMo15
April 29


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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

#napowrimo15 This Road


This Road

Twenty minute drive
one way
Up to work,
up this highway:
I know this road.
Some travel
the black ribbon crossways;
Sometimes darting,
daring the byway:
I share this road.
I know the places
they appear;
I look for them,
some year after year.
A home, this road.


Round the curve
to the straightway
Same old fence of wood:
same old ravens always stood;
Down a mile, on the wire
Every spring, meadowlark sings;
Slow down the hill
where waters run
See the sage
and wild rosehips —
that is where
coyote slips;
And up above
look there and smile
circling higher, ever more
eagle floats on wings that soar.

Peace of mind —
a gift, each weekday;
creator guides
each creature’s way;
We live this road.


NaPoWriMo 15 April  28
Sheri Edwards 


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Monday, April 27, 2015

#napowrimo15 Thunder the Cat


Thunder

A neighborhood cat
slinks into the slider and
silently ascends
into the cat throne, a king:
“I’m staying;” “No, you are not.”

NaPoWriMo 15 April  27
Sheri Edwards


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Sunday, April 26, 2015

#napowrimo Life Change Remembered


Life Change Remembered

Upstairs: three rooms, bath;
View below: shaded courtyard;
This change, unwanted,
This place, where woe sprouts success;
Now boarded; still remembered.

Sheri Edwards
NaPoWriMo15
April 26


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Saturday, April 25, 2015

#napowrimo River Columbia


River Columbia

The Columbia,
not seen, but hidden below,
between hills afar; 
Often adorned above by 
curved cloud lines along its course.

Sheri Edwards
NaPoWriMo15
April 25


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Friday, April 24, 2015

#napowrimo15 Balsamroot


Balsamroot

Though not sunflowers,
the sun’s longer days lure them
awake, to our joy.

Sheri Edwards
NaPoWriMo15
April 24


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Thursday, April 23, 2015

#napowrimo15 blossoms pink


Blossoms pink
Full upon the branches,
Swirling, waving in a wild wind,
Petal by petal plucked, whirled
And twirled until evening calm
Pauses and places a gentle fall,
Full upon the curbing; still
Blossoms pink. 

Sheri Edwards
NaPoWriMo15
April 23

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

#napowrimo15 The Dogwood Four



The Dogwood Four

Four.
No more.

Can you hear Creator 
sighing, counting?

“One is nice;
Two, a pair unfinished,
Three, spins a dance,
Try four, ah
a  balance—

Four.
No more.”

Sheri Edwards
NaPoWriMo15 April 22

Digipoetry

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

#napowrimo15 Spring Thinning



Spring Thinning

Thin out the bulbs
Toss them aside
Over the ledge
into the coulee;

Walk next year
Stroll in the coulee
Stop in the green
One red: thinned beauty.

Sheri Edwards
NaPoWriMo15 April 21

Digipoetry

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Monday, April 20, 2015

#napowrimo Spring Dirt



Spring Dirt

Remember:

so much
of our girth
around our middle

starts
with dirt
and seeds so little.

Sheri Edwards
NaPoWriMo15 April 20

Digipoetry



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Sunday, April 19, 2015

#napowrimo Spring in Hours




Spring in Hours

A pansy bud popped
up this morning
closed, but colored yellow;
slowly hours passed along
each glance to see unfurling
petals delicate and mellow.

Sheri Edwards
NaPoWriMo15 April 19

Digipoetry



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Saturday, April 18, 2015

#napowrimo Spring Days



Spring Days

Sunday and Monday,
Spring green all around
grass blades leap taller,
daily deepening in color;

Tuesday finds a fuller friend,
purple petals lifted by lush leaves
popping up within the blades
mingling in together.

Sheri Edwards
NaPoWriMo15 April 18

Digipoetry

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Friday, April 17, 2015

#napowrimo15 Spring Sprung



Spring Sprung

If old and left,
It grows unkept,
weathered and wild,
secrets beguiled,
beneath and behind
more weeds we’ll find.

Sheri Edwards
NaPoWriMo15 April 17

Digipoetry



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Thursday, April 16, 2015

#napowrimo15 #digipoetry Childhood Home


Childhood Home
Before the Parking Lot


Mud pies 'neath lilacs
Plant sweat peas with mom; reel in
pike, guided by dad.

Sheri Edwards
NaPoWriMo15 April 16
Digipoetry


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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

#napowrimo15 #digipoetry Cherry Trees

Cherry Trees

Each spring they bloom pink,
living cotton candy puffs,
sugar for the eyes.

Sheri Edwards
NaPoWriMo15
Digipoetry


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

#napowrimo15 #digipoetry #npm15 Grandkid Art



Grandkid Art

Yes, bats hid in the cave
when we hike up the dusty hill
beyond the creek we cross,
balanced on the small elm tree limb
fallen over like a bridge;
Still, racing home again
it's chalk families and
painted flowers that keep us
hidden in our art cave:
Gramma's Cottage.

Sheri Edwards

NaPoWriMo15
Digipoetry

April 14





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Monday, April 13, 2015

#napowrimo15 #npm15 #digipoetry Tall


Tall

Tall, still clinging to
fall, awaiting one more warm
day to bud above
homes hidden by long shadows
of cast coolness from giants


Sheri Edwards

NaPoWriMo15
Digipoetry
Tanka


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Sunday, April 12, 2015

#NaPoWriMo15 #npm15 #digipoetry CHANGE


Change

Morning cold morphs to
sunny afternoon walking
’til cool evening: spring.

Sheri Edwards

NaPoWriMo15
Digipoetry




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Saturday, April 11, 2015

#napowrimo15 #lightandshadow Spring Proclamation


Spring Proclamation

Starburst sepal; ringed
rays’ thin filaments shadow
petals proclaiming pears



Sheri Edwards



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Friday, April 10, 2015

#napowrimo15 #npm15 True: Early or Late


True, early bird gets his worm but
Early grandma gets her
flowers when grandkids arrive for spring break.

True, busy grandkids bring laughter and job well done
when visiting grandma on
spring break.

True, late jack frost could paint them
and wither them
but wasn’t it fun
on spring break?

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

#napowrimo15 #npm15 Yellow





Standing tall
A crown of gold
Bold
Among the purple and blue

Rays of yellow
A tuft of pride
Eyed
Allowed to grow and renew. 


Sheri Edwards
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

#napowrimo15 #npm15 #edjoy #clmooc Each Day



Each Day

Each day is a beginning
of chatter
that matters
to kids.

Each day is a beginning
of hoping
their coping
holds.

Each day is listening
to struggles
and muddles
to learn.

Each day is encouraging
and changing
for engaging
their minds.

Each day is empowering
our diversity,
our community,
revealed.

Sheri Edwards

NaPoWriMo15
April 8

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

#npm15 #napowrimo15 BlackOut Poetry

Childhood Bearings



Children needing real understanding to
solve, create self
Learn, regard ready,
World, Society morph needs: 
collaborative, innovative, valuable.

Imagine value readily
better the world
build communities
helping each other
connected world

Imagine mind boundaries
live, work, play — 

Give yourself bearings.



Source: My Blog:

which was based on a post by Walter McKenzie, Jr



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Monday, April 6, 2015

#napowrimo15 #npm15 #digipoetry


Scilla siberica



blue sky
blooming in the lawn
tying the earth
and sky as one


Sheri Edwards
NaPoWriMo April 6, 2015

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

#napowrimo15 #npm15 Spring



Spring
Spring cleaning
Spring cleaning renewed
Spring cleaning renewed within 
nature, our backyard
Spring cleaning renewed
within, our home
Spring cleaning renewed
within, our hearts
Spring cleaning
Spring

Sheri Edwards


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Saturday, April 4, 2015

#npm15 #napowrimo15 Spring Break


I wonder how long it will take
Until I stop working: on Spring Break.





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Friday, April 3, 2015

#npm15 #digipoetry Couplets

Today we had but a short time, so we wrote short poems: couplets. This was my invitation to students and here is our couplet blog, with student links in the comments.




Rhyming Couplets

Rhyming Couplets have a flow.
Reading them, makes one glow.


Rhyming couplets: rhythmic flow
Feel the beat; let them grow.

Descriptions specific
Are terrific.

The poems that are written — lengthened or shortened
Be sure the ideas are very important.

Look and see: they have two lines
A poem in pairs; end in rhymes.

One more thing before we go;
Make them fun so laughter flows.

“Jump off the dock,” dared my brother.
“Time out for you,” yelled my mother.

If it moves inside my house, beware attack- a little cat;
Little cat that runs too fast, slides to the wall -a great big splat!

My turn in is done;
Your turn for fun.

Comment back in the spaces below
Linking your poem with us for show.


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Thursday, April 2, 2015

#npm15 #npm Magnetic Poetry

 Original Magnet Poetry Poem

Today's Poetry was a fun and thoughtful way to choose words that imply the images in our minds.
We used this site, Magnetic Poetry,  to create our poems. We took screenshots to add the images to our blogs.  I wrote about it here: #digipoetry Magnetic Poetry. Perhaps you could write some too -- or comment on the student blogs.
 



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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

#npm15 Goodbye Winter; Hello Spring

April 1st


This is the poem I wrote with my students today.
Here's what we did in a flash to start National Poetry Month

This is a fun site to start writing poetry with kids:  ETTC

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