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Slice of Life: Catching Poetic Lines


I have had the privilege to spend time these past weeks exploring poetry with teachers and young writers. I love how poetry is inspiring us to slow down, laugh, sigh, connect, be silly, be honest, be observant and play. Poetry was taught to me in a very formal way. It was not joyful or playful. It was esoteric and formulaic. I never felt smart enough to “get” poetry let alone write it. I am grateful to young writers who have changed my vision of poetry. Here are some of my favorite poetic lines written by students and teachers these past weeks:


Paper clip



because it flings



if you bend it



it can flip



Spring is…



When it’s past my birthday



When the birds tweet



When it doesn’t rain for a long time




Spanx, Spanx


A living h….

Can’t breathe, pee or yell

Help, Help

I can’t get out

Get the scissors




Photocopying takes all the color out of the world…

Why would you take all the color out of the world?



A straw looks like someone sitting with his feet up…

A straw looks like a rocket ship ready to take off…

A straw looks like a telescope looking into the sky…



Poetry is everywhere –we just need to slow down, listen, look and play! Happy Poetry Friday!!

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    Posted at 14:58h, 19 April Reply

    I loved your Spanx poem. I donned Mama Spanx for the first time (this pregnancy) over the weekend. They’re not as comfy as I remember them being the first time around.

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    Diane Dougherty
    Posted at 15:12h, 19 April Reply

    Absolutely right! Poetry does invite us to slow down and reflect. I, too, have been intimidated by poetry, both reading it and writing it. Young writers play with language when we let them. I need to remember to let myself play too. Thanks for the samples. My favorite is the paper clip.

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    Posted at 20:57h, 19 April Reply

    So glad you are enjoying poetry, Clare! The samples you shared were such observant descriptions. And I burst out laughing with the Spanz poem! Thanks for sharing!

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    Posted at 00:17h, 20 April Reply

    These were such fun to read…especially the one about Spanx 🙂

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