Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem 2013
When you listen to your footsteps
the words become music and
the rhythm that you’re rapping gets your fingers tapping, too.
Your pen starts dancing across the page
a private pirouette, a solitary samba until
smiling, you’re beguiling, as your love comes shining through.
Tomorrow’s line comes from Janet Fagal.
I love writing rhyme. After thirty years of directing a laboratory Pre-School, it’s a part of me. The children loved story time, but rhyming picture books were the biggest hit. So I guess when an idea strikes me for a picture book, it almost always comes in rhyme.
Older kids like rhyme too, but what changes is the topic: humor for boys, and some girls, flowery for most girls, and some boys. Sometimes it’s the form. Teachers make use of haikus in class, as well as couplets and free verse.
Poems that are puzzles, like a cleave poem, are also a hit with older kids.
Always have a paper and writing instrument handy. You never know when ideas will strike you. Get the gist down and the rhyme and beat will follow. J
Another thing that is essential to writing poetry is a good critique group. I’ve been a member of THE POETS’ GARAGE for several years. As a collective unit we’ve churned out thousands of poems, some in children’s magazines, some in poetry anthologies for children, and some of us also have, or will have, rhyming picture books published.
In fact, you’ve already heard from our newest member, Matt. And following me you will be hearing from several more. So, long live children’s poetry and enjoy our progressive poem. You can follow the poem by checking in at the blogs in the sidebar.
Gayle C. Krause
Gayle C. Krause