Thursday, July 1, 2010

Poetry Friday

For the past ninety-two days, I've  been enjoying the very talented Amy Ludwig VanDerwater's daily poems.  In fact, I've enjoyed her work so much that she has inspired me to jump on board and try my hand at writing poems for the month of July.  I"m only working part-time this month, so it's the perfect time to try this experiment.

This month I'm hoping to accomplish three things: to get into a daily writing routine, to gain more confidence in my writing, and to have a group of poem sketches I can revise and polish during the school year. 

I'm  nervous about sharing this commitment, but I need to make myself accountable.   To stay on track, I'll post an update every Friday.  I don't have the time or confidence to post daily poems, but I promise to be honest about my progress. 

I am grateful to Amy for encouraging me to try this experiment. If you want to read some great poems head on over to  The Poem Farm. Amy is also our host this week for Poetry Friday.

Today I'm sharing the first poem sketch  from MyPoWriMo. I decided to make a list of some of my favorite things about summer, and this is what I came up with so far.

Summer Fun

Snow cones, sweet tea, lemonade
Ice cream, picnics,and parades

Riding skateboards, scooters, bikes
Sunday morning nature hikes

Baseball games played in the park
Catching fireflies after dark

Watching movies, staying up late
Sleeping in way past eight

Playing outside in the sun—
Let’s go have some summer fun!


  1. Linda, what a great challenge--you can do it!

    This is such a fun poem, and I could hear the parade, taste the lemonade, etc. Really engaging.

  2. Summer fun is the BEST kind of fun, and Amy is, indeed, quite inspirational! Good luck on your challenge! Be sure you share (more than) a few of your poems along the way! I'm cheering you on!

  3. Laura-thanks for your comments. I'm going to do my best to make this challenge a daily priority.

    Mary Lee- Thanks for the encouragement! I hope I get faster as I go along, this first one took quite a chunk of time to get down.

  4. Go, Linda! Putting your three goals out there and writing down your commitment is going to help you more than you know. I enjoyed reading your first poem and hope you share some of the others as you go along. Have fun with this!

  5. Linda,

    Way to go! Good luck with your personal poetry challenge. You're off to a good start.

    P.S. Amy is amazing--and very talented! I don't know how she is able to post an original poem every day.

  6. This is going to be a great month for you! Thanks for sharing your challenge with us. I love the flavors in this poem. Makes me happy!

  7. Toby, Elaine, and Andi- thanks for your good wishes. I wrote my poem for day 2, but I'm not ready to share it yet. Maybe by next Friday I'll share a few more. Thanks for the encouragement.

  8. Linda,
    Your poem describes my children's summer perfectly! I can't wait to share your joyful poem child-happy poem with them.
    It's great to have a partner-in-poetry-crime this month. I look forward to reading your poems and know you will do it!

  9. Thanks, Amy! You are so inspiring. I love reading your poem each day, and I appreciate your support more than you know.