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Today's poem is from an observation that I wrote down in my notebook one summer evening. I can remember this moment just like it was yesterday even though it is dated as an entry from August 2014. I love that about notebooks! It can feel like time traveling as you go back and reread those words.
I remember sitting in our family golf cart right next to our quiet country road. A car had recently driven by, and there were tiny dust particles all in the air from the gravel road. I watched as they settled in the sun beams. I am so glad that I took the time that summer day to observe a little piece of my world, and that I was able to find those words from that moment safely tucked into my notebook. So today, I am happy to share this tiny poem with you!
Invitation to Write:
So much of what turns up in my notebook revolves around my observations of the natural world. There are so many wonderful things to observe in our world! Some are super big and others are so incredibly tiny that they are almost invisible to us; like the dust in my poem. Sometimes if we really stop to observe our world each day, all kinds of writing ideas will find their way into our notebook.
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Today I am sharing a poem from my collection of poems about summer. All month long, I have been thinking about how fast the summer flies by. Since I am a teacher, I try to take advantage of my time off during the summer to really seize the moments with family and friends. For me, summer really inspires me to think about time and how much I want to make the most of it. This poem came to me as I was thinking about this idea of wanting to squeeze every ounce of every moment in my life. Carpe Diem seemed like a perfect title for this poem since in Latin it means "seize the day!" Somehow that phrase just really summed up everything I was wanting to say in this poem. So with that, I leave you with a wish that you might seize the day and that all your possibilities throughout the moments of today turn golden.
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Invitation to Write:
This poem really comes from my thoughts about two topics. I had already been thinking a lot about summer and all the possibilities and moments that seem to bubble up throughout this season. It got me thinking about another big topic which is time. Summer is generally thought of as a season of fun times and relaxation. It flies by way to fast for me! So I took my thoughts about summer and paired it with the big idea of time. I asked myself questions like, "What do I think about the relationship between time and the season of summer? How do I feel about time as we measure it?
Thinking about big ideas and asking yourself questions about what you feel can be a great way to explore in your writing.
Lately, I have been going back and rereading some of the poems and notebook entries that I have written about summer. Boy do I have a lot to say about summer!
Just the other day, I was thinking about how hot it has been. It made me think about the summer rain that is much needed. I hope the poem I am sharing today might bring a summer shower to the fields around our river ridge. Even just a sprinkle would be welcome and refreshing to the land.
Invitation to Write:
Welcome! I'm Kiesha Shepard, and I have a love for writing and the teaching of writing. Whispers From the Ridge is a place where I can share my words and ideas for teaching writing. It's also a place for you to find inspiration for writing the words inside of you. I invite you into my world of writing as I capture the whispers from the ridge.
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6 Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect
13 Sylvia at Poetry for Children
20 Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe
27 Catherine at Reading to the Core
3 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
10 Molly at Nix the Comfort Zone
17 Christy at Wondering and Wandering
24 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
31 Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge
7 Carol V. at Beyond LiteracyLink
14 Amy at The Poem Farm
21 Erin at The Water's Edge
28 Jone at Deowriter
5 Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference
12 Laura at Writing the World for Kids
19 Kimberly at Kimberly Hutmacher Writes
26 Kay at A Journey Through the Pages
2 Jama at Jama's Alphabet Soup
9 Michelle at Today's Little Ditty
16 Linda B. at TeacherDance
23 Irene at Live Your Poem
30 Carol W. at Carol's Corner
7 Liz at Elizabeth Steinglass
14 Laura S. at Laura Shovan
21 Buffy at Buffy's Blog
28 Donna at Mainely Write
1 Liz at Elizabeth Steinglass
2 Jane at Raincity Librarian
3 Laura at Writing the World for Kids
4 Michelle at Today's Little Ditty
5 Jan at bookseedstudio
6 Irene at Live Your Poem
7 Linda at TeacherDance
8 Janet F. at Live Your Poem
9 Ramona at Pleasures from the Page
10 Matt at Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme
11 Brenda at Friendly Fairy Tales
12 Carol at Beyond LiteracyLink
13 Linda at A Word Edgewise
14 Heidi at my juicy little universe
15 Donna at Mainely Write
16 Sarah at Sarah Grace Tuttle
17 Ruth at There is no such thing as a Godforsaken town
18 Christie at Wondering and Wandering
19 Michelle at Michelle Kogan
20 Linda at Write Time
21 Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge
22 Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference
23 Amy at The Poem Farm
24 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
25 Kiesha at Whispers from the Ridge
26 Renee at No Water River
27 Buffy at Buffy's Blog
28 Kat at Kat's Whiskers
29 April at Teaching Authors
30 Doraine at Dori Reads