Love Is, Part Deux #PoetryFriday

Happy Poetry Friday, all! Jone MacCulloch is hosting this week’s gathering on her blog, Check It Out. Won’t you join us there? Not only is she hosting the Roundup this week, but she’s also hosting a CYBILS Awards Party. Party on, Jone!

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Back on February 1, I shared poet/author Kwame Alexander’s latest poetic challenge to loyal teacher listeners on NPR’s Morning Edition. (Click here to read my post.) The challenge this time was to give the following prompt to your students: “Love is…” and see what they come up with. Participants could submit individual lines, an entire poem, or even an audio file.

After reading a book to my Kindergarteners about love, I posed the question to them. “What is love to you?” Here are some of their ideas. 


I submitted all of these wonderfully sweet ideas to Kwame’s challenge. I also included a poem I crafted (or midwifed, as my dear poetry mentor Amy Ludwig VanDerwater once taught me) using some of their ideas and some of mine. 

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Yesterday, on Valentine’s Day, Kwame shared submissions and his crowdsourced poem with host, Rachel Martin. (Click here to listen.) Over 2,000 teachers sent in poetry. Amazing! Although we ended up on the editing room floor, I’m thrilled so many participated and that my students had a chance to be involved. That’s what it’s all about. All for the love of poetry. 

ADDENDUM ADDED FRIDAY NIGHT: Would you believe that at our February all school meeting yesterday it was announced that a 3rd Grade teacher’s class would share a “Love is…” poem they had written? I was astonished, as I thought I was a.) the only NPR listener on our faculty, and b.) the only teacher participating in the “Love is…” challenge. I’ve since shared my poem with the teacher and we now have plans for our classes to share together after vacation and possibly work on a Kindergarten-3rd Grade collaboration. 


Thanks for wondering and wandering a bit with me today. I hope you’ll join us on this Poetry Friday by posting a bit of poetry — your’s or someone else’s — and leaving a comment here or there.  Thanks for hosting, Jone! 


18 thoughts on “Love Is, Part Deux #PoetryFriday

  1. So what I find is that this wonderful poem is heard AND published – right here on this big stage! It is a lift to see the many concrete expressions you drew out from your young ones in class, such as ” making sure others are OK” & helping with the new babies.” Brava! for participating in the Love is … project.

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  2. Love that you participated in the challenge and came up with such a fabulous poem with your students. “Love is baking cakes” and “a note in my lunchbox” are my favorite parts. 🙂

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  3. I heard about Kwame’s call from either you or Linda M, but promptly forgot about it. I love how you crafted a poem from your students’ responses.


  4. Love it! I really do like the unexpected twist that happens with the use of “not” in the line “Love is not being asked twice.”


  5. Christie, your love poem from your kinders’ thoughts is touching. “Love is a note in your lunchbox” reminds me of my mother writing notes daily in each of my children’s lunch bags. That was such an endearing gesture.I am sure that you are grateful for your little ones for Love is being surrounded by so many wonderful kinders.

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  6. What a full-hearted post Christie, I love the ‘Love Is” poem and that you followed through and submitted it. And now you’ll have an even richer exchange with the 3rd grade classroom and teacher-Fabulous–thanks for sharing all this goodness!

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