Thursday, March 22, 2007

Poetry Thursday: The Beginning of Wonder

This week's Poetry Thursday prompt is to use an image as inspiration for a poem. I've been taking a lot of pictures at school to document our greenhouse transformation. We've started some urban gardening worm composting and I love seeing my city kids find touchpoints to nature. This is a rough, rough draft at a poem...right now the picture is about as much poem I have energy for. I guess this is my attempt at a composting poem.

this is the beginning of wonder

that we could throw our lunch
into the grainy soil of the Earth,
where she will hold it in her round belly
chewing it over days and months
spitting it out
as new dirt

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Anonymous amy said...


11:19 AM  
Blogger Hel said...

What a wonderful picture.

And the earth's round belly made me feel awed and happy and held.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Crafty Green Poet said...

Sounds like a brilliant project, I love the picture and enjoyed your composting poem too!

11:21 AM  
Blogger strauss said...

Clever little poem. I like teh idea of the earth chewing over its lunch and transforming it.

12:40 PM  
Blogger January said...

Nice poem, photo, and project!

Very cool!

12:56 PM  
Blogger Left-handed Trees... said...

"this is the beginning of wonder"--what an amazing line--the places this could take you are endless. The expression on your student's phase is pure poetry in and of itself.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Regina Clare Jane said...

Hee hee- this was great! The picture really symbolizes the bginning of wonder and just how neat that is!
Well done!

1:59 PM  
Anonymous poet with a day job said...

This poem is so quiet, and so perfect - and what a picture!

2:57 PM  
Anonymous L. Monique said...

It's on its way. I always love your work. I have to stop by more often.

I hope you keep posting updates to this piece. Great picture too, even if worms give me the creeps!

3:11 PM  
Blogger pepektheassassin said...

I truly love your sentiments and the picture. UP with earthworms! (Would you believe I carry worms off the sidewalk when it rains?!)

7:57 PM  
Blogger pepektheassassin said...

BTW, I love your blog!

8:01 PM  
Blogger angela said...

it's all so amazing, isn't it?
beautiful words and photo!

9:23 PM  
Blogger Kimberley McGill said...

I like the simplicity of the poem - and therein lies wonder!

The picture is priceless.

9:37 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I love the image of the earthworms and imagining sharing a meal with them. Lovely adorable picture, too!

10:00 PM  
Blogger writerwoman said...

This is the most real poem I have read this week. Meaning it feels the most organic to me, like a slice of life. The picture just makes me smile, too.

1:25 AM  
Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

Oh yes! I love that! The image of earth as a belly is so apt. Great stuff - and great photo to go with it.

2:34 AM  
Blogger Deezee said...

"composting a poem" ... great line!

and call me a city girl cuz I just could never hold an earthworm like that!!

7:40 PM  
Blogger che said...

i like to see a happy face . nice poem!

8:39 PM  
Blogger jen said...

the earth, she
mulls over our waste
and tips her head at the thought of our carelessness.

1:53 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Lovely poem. I love kids at that age, when wonder is still possible. I'm glad mine are still young enough to watch Alice in Wonderland for examples of personification. I have a feeling next year, they wouldn't be as wiling.

2:07 PM  
Blogger Rob Kistner said...


6:38 PM  

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