Thursday, May 18, 2017

Poetry Friday, Spring Spin

      Thanks to Kiesha Shepard at Whispers From The Ridge for hosting our poetry Friday this week. She's sharing a gift from a friend of an older book that sounds lovely, Jean Hersey's The Shape of A Year. It's good to read others' words of their observations, and Kiesha shares some of those from Hersey.


       
       A favorite book from Bob Raczka & Nancy Doniger caught my eye as I was dusting this week. There's nothing nicer than discovering a book I hadn't read in a while as I do that boring task of dusting! I thought I would try one of these "poems squeezed from a single word". I didn't follow exactly. Raczka sprinkles the letters down the page first and rarely rhymes. I used only letters from the word but did rhyme in my story. It was messy, fun and sometimes hard to keep track of the words. I found that as I wrote, even more words appeared to add to the list. 




Springtime

Sip
       mint
Sit
       print
Time

       get
Spine
       set

Tip
        rest

Sent
        pest
Sting
        mine
Mite
        sign

Trip
        in
Grim
        grin

Spring
        spin

   Linda Baie ©All Rights Reserved     

photo credit: tamaki mosquito via photopin (license)

32 comments:

  1. Wow! That's quite a challenge. Makes me want to give it a try. It's a fun poem to say....I can't say it fast. Yet.

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    1. Keep working at it, Linda. Fun to hear that you're trying for fast! Thanks!

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  2. Oh wow! My husband and I, being absolute nerds, have a game we've played for years, ever since we started dated as teenagers. We find a word, and try to make as many words from its letters, the longer the better! I've never tried turning those words into a poem, though! What a challenge!

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    1. I love hearing that you and your husband play that game, Jane. Now you can look for a poem whenever the word fits for you!

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  3. Spring spin! That describes my spring perfectly. :) This book is such a great example of what FUN poetry can be... and how it can stretch your brain. Sudoku for poets! xo

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    1. Love that 'sudoku' idea, Irene! Considering we've had snow the past two days, it has been a 'spring spin'. Thank you!

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  4. I always love word games and the game of making as many words as possible from a single word is a favorite. Now you have added to the fun and challenge! Can't wait to try it! I love the "sip mint", "tip rest" and "spring spin" especially!
    Sorry to hear about your snow...we are suddenly in 97+ degree weather after rain and in the beginning stages of hypothermia getting caught in it on my motorcycle (I shall forever be more watchful of the weather).

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    1. This was fun to do, and I know you'll be terrific in the 'playing', Donna. The weather is so strange. The moisture seems to have stopped but it's in the upper 30's and the winter socks & coats are out again! It was about 80 on Tuesday. And yes, don't forget about being hydrated! I did see that Maine was very hot! Thanks!

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  5. You win bonus poetry points for that super challenge! I love how the words look like either morning dew or spring rain drops dripping down the side. Wonderful! Christie @ https://wonderingandwondering.wordpress.com/blog/

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    1. Thank you, Christie! It was fun to do, probably will try another!

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  6. What fun! Good for you for taking those words and letters out for a good spring spin. Haven't seen Bob's book yet but you've made me want to take a look.

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    1. Bob's book came out a few years ago, but is so creative, like his newer Wet Cement. Thanks, Jama.

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  7. What a challenge! Well done! I've seen Raczka's book but haven't yet had a chance to read it. It looks like fun.

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    1. It is fun, Kay. He is a clever writer!

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  8. Oh how fun, Linda! I've noted this as an idea to try. It works beautifully with Springtime. "Sip / mint" and "Spring / spin" are some combos I think work particularly well.

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    1. Thanks, Violet. I'll look forward to seeing what you write with this idea.

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  9. Amazing that you had so much patience and perseverance to accomplish this task, Linda. Bravo! Spring / spin as Violet says works well. Have a great weekend. Mine is rushed since I have a wedding and then a conference trip all within a block of time that is chopped up because my house has a terrible case of Shingles. He can't even go to the wedding and who knows if we will be able to see the new arrival when she comes into the world. Life can get topsy turvy at times.

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    1. Sometimes life hits hard, doesn't it? I'm sorry about all the challenges, Carol. Thank you for taking time to comment. Take care of yourself!

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  10. Poetry and word game combined, love it!

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  11. I'd rather write poetry than dust ANY time...and our house is proof!

    Yours is fun!

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    1. Agreed! Glad to hear about that dusting, Mary Lee. Thanks!

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  12. That Bob Raczka likes his visual puzzle forms, doesn't he? Fun response, Linda— I like how it drips down the page.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. It was a new challenge to try.

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  13. This looks like a fun book to spend time with and I admire how you took on what I think is a challenging form of poetry. I home you get to sit and sip during springtime!

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    1. Thanks, Mandy. The sun is finally out today after the winter's few days. Spring returns!

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  14. This is so fun, Linda! How neat to find a treasure on the shelf!

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  15. Fun, poem Linda and I like the quick syncopated beat it has! I'd like to try this one, the book looks good too. Thanks for sharing all.

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  16. This looks like such a fun poetry task to work with, Linda - I'll have to get this book for end of the year poetry!

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  17. Bob's is a fun book - and this looks like a fun challenge you set for yourself! One never knows whence a poem will come!

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  18. This is why I love poetry -- it's an invitation to play, invent, explore with language. "Sip mint" is a great opening for a poem about spring, Linda.

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