Thursday, March 19, 2015

SOLC # 20/31 - Poetry Friday's Here, too



                Also blogging with my students at Linda & Jonathan's Class Blog

WELCOME SPRING!

Day Twenty of the Two Writing Teachers Slice of Life Challenge.  Tweet at #SOL15
                Thanks to Tara, Dana, Anna, Betsy, Beth and Stacey for hosting!

Catherine of Reading To The Core is hosting Poetry Friday today, for the first time.  
               Thanks for hosting, and for sharing that frog, usually a harbinger of spring, but guess not this time. He belongs in another story. 

You may believe that green shoots and singing robins and spring peepers tell us spring is here, but I saw another sign today. We have so little rain in Denver that when we woke up today to a lovely steady rain, it felt like a celebration. When I arrived at school, and walked up the sidewalk to the front door in the drizzle, here is what I saw:




Arrival
rain relaxes the earth
wet wiggling, worm wingding
damp sidewalk crawl

Linda Baie © All Rights Reserved

38 comments:

  1. Yeah for worms! They are certainly a sign of spring! We're expecting 6 inches of snow in these parts. Even the birds are confused! Thanks for the sign....I'll keep watching and someday....someday....I too will see a worm.

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    1. Oh no, I am so busy I haven't even watched the weather. We can still have it too, but I hope it's just rain!

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  2. I loved waking up to rain yesterday! And I love your "wet, wiggling, worm wingdig." I know I will never look at another worm on the sidewalk after rain without thinking of that phrase! Thank you!

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    1. I wish I had taken even more pictures. They were everywhere! Indeed, wasn't the rain wonderful. Glad you like that 'wingding'!

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    2. This week we had a little snow and then warm weather. I'm not sure but I think we have more snow coming. Hopefully I am wrong.

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  3. Who doesn't love a good wingding? Spring is coming! Spring is coming! Thanks for reminding me. It's -8 this morning.

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    1. Oh my, I know you're in Maine, as I said above, haven't watched the weather recently. Hope for you it changes soon, Kimberley.

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  4. Love it! Fun! We've had beautiful weather lately...not rain yet although I have to remind myself the rain will come. Looking forward to spring break next week. Will be great to have time to keep up the slicing. Happy Spring, Ms. Linda!

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    1. Thank you Jen. One more week for us before break. Have a great time on yours.

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  5. It's actually snowing here right now! Happy Spring! I love your "wingding" too :-)

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    1. Hard to believe there's snow back east again. We can have more, but it doesn't seem to be happening soon. Thanks, Tabatha.

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  6. Funny, because I wrote about the worms too Linda! I've never seen so many at one time. Your poem is lovely with the few, alliterative words, so powerfully used.

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    1. Amazing with the worms! I haven't seen your post yet-will look! Thanks, Max.

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  7. We have had an abundance of rain, to the point where we are experiencing flooding. Snow, rain, worms. -6 degrees. What a menagerie of weather just in these few comments. Now, I am off to read about Max's worms. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks Leigh Anne. Hope this next "first" week of spring brings warmth to everyone, and worms!

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  8. A Worm Wingding! The Midwestern Girl in me has the desire to fish all of a sudden. You've inspired a slice. Thanks. :)

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  9. After a rain I remember trying to navigate around the worms to get into the building. Here wer celebrating spring with snow.

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  10. A worm party! We see them in our driveway after a big rain. Now I'm remembering the time in science class we had to dissect an earthworm. I was the only one in our group who had the guts to slit it open. Same thing with the frog. I'm a barbarian. :)

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  11. Worms! Your poem is a beautiful sign of spring, Linda! When my girls were little (and we lived where there were worms after a rain) they would don their rain boots and go on a "worm rescue mission" to return every worm on the sidewalk to the grass. I'm not so sure how the worms felt about their sudden relocation by tiny fingers. LOL =)

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  12. I like that you count the undervalued worms as the sign of spring. Not only did you notice but dedicated a poem to them. Made me smile.

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  13. You know what that means...it's time to go fishing! Nicely done.

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  14. Earthworms are a sure sign of Spring! I try to save them and put them back in the grass when I can.

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  15. I wish I had time lapse that was trained on our driveway so I could watch the worms work their way across the concrete. Sometimes there are so many! Fun poem for the lowly worm today.

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  16. Worm wingding! That's so fun! Did you pick them up and show them back to the ground? I have a friend who does that. I don't.

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  17. Celebrating rain! Last year I would have thought you were crazy, but since moving to New Mexico I now have learned to appreciate the rain. I love your line "rain relaxes the earth" just beautiful Linda!

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  18. Love the worm wingding! Happy rain.

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  19. Thanks very much everyone. I'll try to find you and read your posts tonight and tomorrow. I just got home from 11 long conference-long, but a good day! Yes, the worms are okay. Some were picked up, but they made it across that "wide divide" just fine. There was enough moisture to aid them along the way!

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  20. No, Margaret, I don't pick them up, but I do try to avoid stepping on them which made for an interesting dance as I headed into school some mornings. Glad you had some rain, Linda! I stopped by Max's blog today - so many slicers and never enough time. Hurray for the rain that relaxes the earth, and hopefully people too!

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  21. Signs of spring take all forms, don't they? Unfortunately, all of ours are buried under 4 inches of new snow. Thanks for sharing your worm wingding today and reminding me that in some places, it really is spring!

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  22. More cheers for the wingdinging worms! Love that first line, too - "rain relaxes the earth..." and us, too. Hope you catch your breath and get in a little relaxing this weekend, whatever the weather! :0)

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  23. Ah, the smell of earthworms in the freshly-washed air!

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  24. Love your fun poem, Linda – especially the last two lines! On my college campus (in Connecticut), I remember there being times it was tricky finding worm-free spots on the sidewalk to tiptoe through, there were so many of them!

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  25. I always find it so interesting how different the "worm rains" smell. Thanks for the poem!

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  26. Thank you for the new vision of how the worms are released to roam -- the earth finally relaxes and turns them loose! Well done, Linda!

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  27. This is exactly what greeted me on the walk into school on Friday. Our second graders have been studying worms and just had "vermismwothies" on Thursday. I teased that they had brought out all of the worms with their study.

    I'm always amazed how haiku can say so much in so few words. Enjoyed the alliteration in the second line.

    Cathy

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  28. "damp sidewalk crawl" that is indeed lovely. I find it beautiful how you are able to see the familiar with strange eyes.

    We have a spell of rain here too - it messes with my running schedule, but I love listening to its sound while indoors. :)

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  29. Thanks again for these later comments. I'm glad we had that lovely rainy day, and I imagine the worms are happy too!

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