Whenever I assign my kids creative writing, I like to join along. For starters, it helps keep my own creative juices flowing. More importantly, I want my students to see me as a writer, right along with them. I want them to see what successes struggles I encounter as I work to improve my craft.
Today, we had fun with poetry. The teachers are having a staff lunch on Tuesday (World Poetry Day!), and I asked my kids to write food poems to serve as placemats. We grabbed the construction paper, set out some markers, stuck on some cool tunes, and we had ourselves a writer’s workshop! The two poems below are my contributions. Not sure I’d call them exceptionally deep or earth-moving, but they were fun to write. (And, I hope, fun to read.)
The World in a Fruit Bowl
Joy: an apple
Upon first bite
Find their perfect
Baby and granddaddy,
Nestled in a bowl.
Sweet and tangy?
One way to find out.
Despair: that melon
You picked out the other day
That felt perfect
And smelt perfect
Only to reveal
Its darker self
I Won’t Do It (And You Can’t Make Me)
I don’t fall for those famous food lies,
“Open your mouth and close your eyes.”
Or that phrase guaranteed to sicken:
“Try it! It tastes like chicken.”
Another thing to make me say “Ew,”
“Drink it! Surprise at the bottom for you!”
And the best way to get me to fight?
“No dessert ’til you take that last bite!”