Thanks to Stacey, Tara, Anna, Betsy, Dana, Kathleen, Beth, and Deb, we keep going! I'd also like to offer a special thanks this time for all the support, work and learning shared from Tara and Anna who are leaving the group, but who will return occasionally. Best wishes to you both.
Be sure to go here to Renee LaTulippe's post at No Water River for line number twenty-six of Irene Latham's Progressive Poem. There are only five lines left, and the story is still quite a mystery!
Sometimes for sharing a slice of life, I am inspired to talk about a teaching time I loved. Today, spending time with my daughter, out to lunch, to various shops, I took a picture that I would have used with students if I were still teaching. All through the years there are certain topics that have inspired amazing poems. With other mentor poems, or photos, these particular subjects always, always brought great stories, usually in poem or prose poem form.
When I brought in a picture to share, I also wanted students to understand that I, as a writer, was always looking for the interesting, the unusual. I wanted them to do that, too, in their everyday lives, in their travels, watching people and things. Today this is what I saw:
And this is what I wrote. I encouraged students to respond in any way they chose, from the silly to the serious. And we have fun with poetry, a picture, and words.
Poem # 16
With Apologies to Robert Frost
Whose shoes these are I think I know;
his house is down two streets or so.
He’s wearing new Chuck Taylors now.
In youth, all feet are wont to grow.
I wonder if he gave a cheer
to rid himself of that old gear.
shoes with holes and broken strings,
ones flung up to disappear.
The new shoes keep the boy awake
wondering what his friends will make
of wearing them at school next day.
He fears the jeers with some heartache.
He lights his lamp; he cannot sleep,
He nestles shoes that make him weep.
The ones he wanted most to keep,
the ones he wanted most to keep.
Linda Baie ©All Rights Reserved
I have collected lots of poems about shoes during my teaching. There are many others to be found. Here are a few titles, some you may know, hoping you can find them. If you’d like me to copy and send a file, I’ll be happy to.
Pablo’s Tennis Shoes - Gary Soto
Shoes - Valerie Worth
The Need For Shoes - Molly Bendall
Johnny Laces Up His Red Shoes - Liz Rosenberg
Shoes - Cynthia Rylant
My Shoes - Siv Cedering Fox
Bound Feet - Janet S. Wong
The most I'd want from any writing session is to take the ordinary in our lives and make it extraordinary because of the words one wrote from it.