Monday, April 22, 2013

I Think in Poems

Two Writing Teachers
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I almost always get ideas when I am in the car for slices, poems, school work, student next steps all those things that swirl in our heads. Maybe it is the scenary. I have a beautiful drive. Maybe it is me trying to block out the, "he's touching me...she's poking me" that is inevitable in my tiny Matrix.

My point. I realized today that when I am in writing mode I begin to think in poems. I was asked what I was thinking the other day and I wrote what I was was a poem. Unintentional. I am now writing poems without intention, hmmm, I think that might be the best kind.
People (not a lot mind you), in the blog world have said, "you should publish your poems." I can't say I have no desire to do this but my poems are for me and obviously the people I share them with here. However the idea of publishing is sort of exotic isn't it? It is like that thing that you can't touch because it might go extinct or get damaged if you mess with it. I wonder if I got published if I would feel my poems like I feel them when I just write them for me. I wonder.
Then as I pondered this thought, I wondered, what would the name of my book be? Immediate answer, I THINK IN POEMS. I love the title of my non-existent book. It is me.
Then I realized that every title has to have a poem that goes with it, well, at least I think it should.
So, I wrote two versions of my title poem.

I think in poems
They swirl
They spring
I think in poems
Words brought
Words bring
A sense of wonder
Will, I weep
I think in poems
In slumber deep

I think in poems
In slumber deep
I think in poems
They swirl
And bring
A sense of wonder
I weep
I think in poems
Words to keep.

I kind of think there is a better version somewhere out there that combines these two sets of words in a better way. But for now, this is what I got. Happy poetry month. 

We have had so much rain I haven't been able to chalk. Maybe this week...fingers crossed. However, I do hope you will chalk a poem with me on April 30th here and link it so others may enjoy your CHALK-A-BRATION too.
What, what did you say, you want to know what CHALK-A-BRATION here!


Stacey said...

It should definitely be called I THINK IN POEMS. I love that title. Now you have to go for it, Betsy!

Robin said...

I'm excited for you! I would buy several copies of that non-existent book should it become existent! Think of what a legacy that would be for your children and students to look back on, to treasure. Go for it girl! And for the record...I love the first version of your poem! It has a certain rhythm that appeals to me.

Ramona said...

I love the title of your book! I find that during March I spend a lot of time thinking in slices, sometimes poems, but always thinking about the next post. Hope we can join you for Chalk-a-bration this year, but we have to choose a different day (testing that week).

Anita Ferreri said...

I love the title. I too find that when I write a lot (SOL) I think in verse as well as in prose. Your district, your students and your family will join us all in celebrating your book!

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

Your thinking poems are marvelous, Betsy!

Maureen said...

Yes, this is a fantastic title! I am envious of this beautiful, scenic drive you have - and your ability to think in poems with squabbles in the backseat. Awesome!

Cathy said...

I Think In Poems. I already want to read it. By the way, the car is one of my favorite places for ideas. I am constantly using the "record" feature on my phone to capture them because unfortunately my memory doesn't hang onto them for long.

Looking forward to the Chalk-a-bration on the 30th.


Linda at teacherdance said...

Love the title, Betsy. Hope you start collecting them all together now, maybe find a reader to give response & send them out into the world! These are terrific. I like the movement from line to line!