Things To Do poem…

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A1LwE+CtJkLIf you haven’t yet read Elaine Magliero’s book “Things to Do”, I strongly encourage you to do so.  I owe a big shout out to Jama Rattigan for her delightful interview with Elaine Magliero, which inspired me to pick up this enchanting book.  I shared some of the poems with my class, and they were eager to try out this form. So was I! It’s a wonderful entryway into persona or mask poem writing. Ever since reading it, I’ve found myself thinking differently. What might I do if I was…moss? a cat? a house? Thinking this way, I looked at my favorite birch tree in a new light. It now seemed like the perfect subject for a Things to Do poem.

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Things to do if you’re a birch tree

Greet the rising sun
Sparkle with dew
Wave au revoir to the morning star

as each day starts anew

Shelter singing birds
Dangle a swing
Spread your skirt of dappled shade
Jewel your core with rings

Stretch your pale limbs wide
and reach up high
Create a crackled quilt of color
in azure summer skies

Sway with the breezes
Rustle your leaves
Cradle the full moon in your branches
on a soft and sultry eve

 

Molly Hogan (c) 2017

To enjoy more poetry, make sure to visit this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup at Buffy Silverman’s blog, Buffy’s Blog.

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29 thoughts on “Things To Do poem…

  1. margaretsmn says:

    I haven’t seen this book yet, but your poem is a wonderful addition. So much I love: wave au revoir, jewel your core with rings, crackled quilt… many gems in this poem.

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  2. Masterful poetry. What a gift for 4th graders to have a poet/teacher combo.

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  3. joyacey says:

    Well done, I like the images you present and your rhyming is delightful. Thank you.

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  4. Irene Latham says:

    Molly, this is gorgeous! Jewel your core with rings. Love!

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  5. maryleehahn says:

    We had to say goodbye to our weeping birch last fall. So many memories. Thanks for this beautiful poem!

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  6. lindabaie says:

    Wonderful imagination, Molly. You’ve given this tree a new being! Like Irene, I love “Jewel your core with rings” too. Elaine’s book is terrific, I agree!

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  7. I haven’t had a chance to read this book yet, but I am loving all the poetry it is inspiring. Your poem is lovely–makes me want to go visit a birch tree.

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  8. Lovely poem, Molly–I especially liked your magical final stanza. Things To Do is on my Books To Read list!

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  9. Sounds like quite a nice life, being a birch tree! 🙂

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  10. I love Elaine’s book. What a treat to share it with students. I like your poem, and I’m not alone in especially liking “Spread your skirt of dappled shade/ Jewel your core with rings”. Sensational.

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  11. Love this, and I adore birch trees! My instructional aide has Vitiligo and she says birches are her tree soul mates because of the coloration change. I can’t wait to share this with her!

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  12. cvarsalona says:

    Molly, this is imaginative and such a picturesque statement from the birch tree. Are you interested in sending me an image poem for the spring gallery?

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  13. jama says:

    Love your poem, Molly — such great images and word choices. Add me to those praising the second stanza especially — truly beautiful. Glad you like Elaine’s book — it is a fabulous mentor text. 🙂

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  14. Alice Nine says:

    Wonderful, Molly! I had to read it several times. I love trees. From my home I can observe at least a dozen different kind. And thanks for sharing Elaine’s book; I must add it to my mentor list.

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  15. katswhiskers says:

    This is wonderful, Molly. I’m also in love with ‘Jewel your core with rings’. Gorgeous!

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  16. Sounds like that birch tree enjoys a beautiful and fulfilling life, Molly! You use many wonderful word choices and images, but yes, the ring line takes the cake.

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  17. Tabatha says:

    Wonderful verbs, Molly! “Cradle” is a favorite, and I also love “Jewel your core with rings.”

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  18. Laura Shovan says:

    Gorgeous lines here: Spread your skirt of dappled shade/ Jewel your core with rings

    My friend, who is very fond of birch trees, taught me that groves are one living organism — not separate trees at all. Whoa!

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