In February, when our theme was Truth, I offered a poetry workshop. I worked with three groups of 3rd-5th graders, and our RE Director worked with our one group of K-2nd graders. As I had hoped, UU kids were especially receptive to poetry and dove in, producing some really first-rate work in our one hour together. (Someday I'll write a post about what I mean about UU's and poetry.)
I used a poem from my collection Squeeze about a special rock to introduce the idea of an "outside truth" (the sensory, scientific facts about a thing) and an "inside truth"--the personal experiences and imaginations about a thing that are equally meaningful and true. We provided some interesting nature objects as inspiration, and challenged the children to be aware, as they wrote, about whether they were expressing the outside truth or the inside truth about their subject. Even the adult guides for each group wrote, and one of them, Danie Smallwood, a photographer, took really striking photos of the objects for an illustrated anthology of the poems, which we'll copy for the congregation to enjoy.
Here are the first two poems in the series, each of them first and only drafts. Enjoy!
With five points sticking out
Pops of white bursting out
Light brown spots
Hard to see
Like the bottom with a honey-colored line that seems to be
With small holes
That to me look as if they are going to break open
Unlike the ocean
Harsh, never stopping, never having an opening
~Katie, 5th grade
Light wing, bumpy wing,
Light wing, colorful, and bumpy.
Yellow dots, black dots,
Light wing in my hands.
~ Zachary, 2nd grade
The roundup for this week's Poetry Friday is over at GottaBook with Greg. Go gear up for National Poetry Month!