I found my way to these extremely helpful lessons via Robyn Hood Black's blog, where I knew I would find good resources. Until Wednesday, I didn't know I would need them, but the moment I began entertaining the notion of a poem-a-day project this summer, a poem aspiring to be a haiku popped out. I've known for a while that I was still laboring under the 5-7-5 oversimplified haiku form that I learned as a 3rd-grader, but I hadn't had a chance to learn a more authentic approach to haiku in English.
Now I have the chance, and by Jane Reichold's Lesson 5 I was able to improve my initial Wednesday effort, and so I offer this welcome to my Haiku Summer (even as I begin a third major revision to my WIP).
yellow plastic frying pan
in the pool
the water sizzles
I'm also delighted to be participating this year in Tabatha's Summer Poem Swap. I received a doubly well-crafted spirit animal poem from Irene Latham, and here's the double acrostic to close out the school year that I sent to my first partner, fellow teacher Linda Baie. What fun to get and send real mail!
total focus: i am
energy, laser-beam sunshine, i
aim, pointed and diffuse, at seventeen
children, zoom in on each face, hand, move. i
hold this mass of five-year-olds
in an open sanctuary that
needs liturgy, communion, singing and prayer
going forth complicated, consecrated and happy.
Thanks for visiting my juicy little universe today. Find more summer poetry goodness with Jone at Check It Out!