My friend who doesn’t write sent me the joke poem above. My response was “You understand me. I dig deep.” I have committed myself to write everyday this month about poetry. I am not promising an original poem each day (but who knows?). To share our poetry activities this month, we are using #digipoetry. Leigh Anne (@teachr4) made this button for our blog posts. Feel free to use it, too.
Wednesday is a good day to wonder. I wandered over to Wonderopolis and found a wonderful article about dolphins and echo-location. To think about writing a poem, I collected words and phrases from the article. After many false starts (rough drafts), I read about Nikki Grimes’ tanka contest. Nikki Grimes’ contest for kids in grades 3-6: Tanka writing
Sometimes when writing doesn’t come easily, a form gives you the structure you need to create. A tanka is similar to a haiku. There is no rhyme and a syllable count of 5, 7, 5, 7, 7. Nikki Grimes has a book coming out in May, Poems in the Attic, which includes tanka. (Click the link for more information.)
I used PicMonkey to create this image poem.