Don’t Give Up Yet

I’m still thinking about poetry. I hope last week’s post whetted your appetite and, more importantly, raised your comfort level. Because this week I think we should write a poem or two. This is not that frightening experience in English class in public school. This is a fun exploration of feelings and words.

To make it easy, I’ll share an activity that I’ve done with my English students at Midwives College of Utah.

I am going to provide two templates–two types of poems you could write. You plug in your words and thoughts. So, choose a topic.  I will put my first attempts, in italics, under the directions–don’t judge harshly. Also, because I’m working with student midwives, my topic choices reflect that world, so take that into account.

First, a poem with a simile. (My poem is entitled, Woman):

Line 1–Compare your topic to something else (you can use “like” or “as,” but you don’t have to).
   Woman is a warrior
Line 2–Tell why.
   She fights for and protects
Line 3–who, or what, or when  (you’ll notice I took two lines here; you are not limited).
   Those she loves
   Present and future
Line 4–Tell again how your topic is like this things or how you feel about it.
   She conquers fear with love.

Try it! Write a poem with a simile.

Or Second, an acrostic:

Take the letters of your topic (a one word topic works best here).  Each letter of the word is the first letter of a line of your poem.  I wrote about BIRTH.

Brought from darkness and warmth
Into a world of light and noise, but
Received with love.  Finally,
To touch his hands and feet, to look into his eyes.
He is small, but immense.

You can do this, too. It is kind of fun.

Growth and Insights Found In the Foreword

I have read quite a bit of Alice Walker’s writings. Though not easy reading, I find her novels and short stories worth the work–thought provoking and mind broadening. However, some of my favorite things that Alice Walker has written I’ve found in forewords, prefaces, essays, interviews, and here in an address to students from her Alma mater, Spellman College:

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