Thursday, June 13, 2019

Poetry Friday - Special Words

Laura Shovan hosts today sharing some poems from her poet-in-residence experience with third graders writing about food and pockets! You can find her here. Thanks, Laura.



I'm leaving for the beach Saturday morning, will be sketching & writing & soaking it all up, days I look forward to every year. I'll read all your posts in the next few days! My family joins me later in the week.


I promised my granddaughter Ingrid that I would post her end-of-year poem she wrote in her class. Her teacher wanted students to write who they are NOW, at this end of the year. They read them aloud to the audience of parents, bringing tears, I'm sure.



         I like to call Ingrid and her younger sister, Imogene, "mighty girls". Both are athletic, now Ingrid playing softball this summer while Imi continues in gymnastics. They recently completed a rock-climbing series of lessons, hope to continue later in the summer. It's great to see them learning how strong they can be in their chosen sports. Here's Ingrid's baseball pic.





Where I’m From Poem
By: Ingrid Krahling

I am from softballs coming down the field
from Adidas and Patagonia
I am from the neighborhood kids playing on bikes
enjoying, interesting as we walk through the streets we hear dogs barking and birds chirping
I am from trees
the amazing tall nature thing
I’m from Christmas at grandma's and compassion from Krahling and Baie
I’m from the weekends in winter and where we go skiing and summers at the beach
From if you don’t have nothing nice to say don’t say nothing at all and get the thing done that you need to get done and then have fun.
I’m from courage. being brave
I’m from Denver Colorado French, Dutch, Norwegian
pasta, bread
from my dad getting an award and hanging it up.



29 comments:

  1. Linda, please tell Ingrid that not only is she a special young girl, an athlete, and now a young poet. Her poem is lovely and a fine example of a Where I'm From Poem. Enjoy your beach vacation because I know it not only allows you to live totally in the moment but keep those thoughts within you for months to come.

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    1. Thanks, Carol. I will tell her! It is exciting to anticipate going & to be there always.

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    2. Enjoy the trip, Linda. Beach life is great.

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    3. Thanks, friend, I always envy you your 'day trips'!

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  2. Love Ingrid's poem, and I am also from pasta and bread :) Enjoy the beach!

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  3. This is an awesome keepsake of a poem! Go Ingrid! I love learning about your grandchildren through your posts. My favorite is "I am from trees, the amazing tall nature thing." Have a great beach trip!

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    1. Thank you, Margaret, having grandchildren is a wonderful thing, & now you know!

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  4. Wow, Linda! Ingrid’s poem is beautiful, especially as a third grader. Being from compassion and courage ... she is definitely her grandma’s girl. My granddaughter is Ingrid’s age, and she also writes amazing poetry. What a gift when they discover the wonder of words! Enjoy your wonderful beach time, friend.

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    1. Thanks, Vicki, & FYI, Ingrid just finished fourth grade, growing up fast! Love hearing about your granddaughter, too, yes, a joy when they write.

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  5. Love Ingrid's poem and photo (she's grown so tall!). There is a wonderful sense of confidence along with the compassion, courage, great sensory details and love of time spent with family. Also like the sense of pride in her father's accomplishment, and of course, hooray for pasta and bread!

    Have a great time at the beach!!

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    1. Yes, she is growing fast, it seems. I love that pasta & bread, too, which I know she loves. Thanks for noticing the wealth of life she mentions and for the beach wishes.

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  6. "Get the thing done and then have fun" is good advice that could go in Jama's post!
    Thanks for sharing Ingrid's charming poem and photo.

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    1. Thanks, Tabatha. That list from Jama's sharing is wonderful, maybe time to make our own list? I love this from Ingrid's poem, too.

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  7. I love the details in this poem! Have a beautiful time at the beach, Linda!

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    1. Thanks, Laura, I love each detail, too and I am excited about the beach, but & it's hard to wait till tomorrow. Soon!

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  8. Well done, Ingrid! May you grow mightier with each passing day. Happy summer!

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    1. Thanks, Diane, I'll pass this on to Ingrid!

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  9. Oh, my goodness. This is beyond precious. This needs to be presented to her children someday. I love how much of her past she has gathered up in her now...there is also a clear direction. You are one most fortunate grandmother. I aspire to this someday.

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    1. I imagine that her parents will be sure to keep it, Linda. Wishing you grandchildren some lucky day in the future! Thank you!

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  10. "I'm from courage. Being brave." I love it! And how wonderful that Ingrid wanted you to share her poem with all of us.

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    1. I'm glad she wanted to, too, Laura. Thanks!

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  11. Oh Linda, what a beautiful poem. She has captured so much in such a short life span! My favorite line is "I'm from courage. being brave." Such a strong line. Have a wonderful trip!

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    1. Thanks, Leigh Anne, the line lifts us all up, I think.

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  12. A strong body, a brave spirit, and a poet's heart. I can't think of a better combination to take on the world and make it better just by being in it. Oh Linda, you must be so proud!

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  13. Kudos to Ingrid for a fine poem. She's from YOU, too, of course! Hope you and yours have a beautiful, active, nap-inducing, pasta-and-bread-enjoying time at the beach. XO

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  14. Enjoy your days at the beach (I'm a little bit jealous). After reading Ingrid's poem, I agree that she is a mighty girl--and has written a mighty poem.

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  15. What a fantastic poem Ingrid penned, I love it! Here's some lines that I especially like:
    "I am from trees
    the amazing tall nature thing"
    "From if you don’t have nothing nice to say don’t say nothing at all and get the thing done that you need to get done and then have fun.
    I’m from courage. being brave"

    GO INGRID!

    Thanks for sharing Ingrid's poem with us.

    Have a fabulous time at the beach Linda and bring back some poem stories… :)

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  16. Finally I've arrived at my beach, after a nice walk, ready to sit to read your wonderful comments, Michelle B., Robyn, Kay & Michelle K. Thank you very much. Ingrid will feel so good reading what you have to say about her poem. I am proud of her always and happy she loved writing this poem, along with playing softball!

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