The Hike and a young poet’s first poems #Pathways #NPM #NaPoWriMo #NationalPoetryMonth #PoetryFriday

It’s Poetry Friday! Janice at Salt City Verse is our gracious hostess for this, the second Friday of National Poetry Month. She’s got a fabulous interview with David Elliott, author of a new treasure, At the Pond, and a preview of the book. You know me — vernal pool girl — and I am all over this one! Ponds, vernal pools…that’s my jam!

During the month of April, I will write poem-ish pieces inspired by my frequent walks in the natural world. Trails, paths, signs, and views always intrigue and inspire me. I have left my challenge open so that the poems may take any form — haiku, free verse, borrowed line, blackout — and who knows which direction they will go in or how often they will appear.

The Hike

A peek at my process

I wrote this “list with a twist” poem for my Kindergarten poet/naturalists. List poems are one of the easiest ways to get beginning writers started with writing their own poetry. In my classroom, I provide special 4-line list poem paper to scaffold them until they are ready to fly on their own.

One of my writers, Victoria, has been bitten by the poetry bug and decided she wanted to write a collection of poetry. Here are her first six list poems — Tadpoles, Spring, Frogs, Flowers 1, Flowers 2, Forsythia — shared with her permission. (Click on the images for a better view.)

I think Victoria has a bright future ahead of her writing poetry, don’t you think?

And introducing…

Last Friday, members of the Poetry Friday family launched the 10th annual Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem originally organized by author/poet, Irene Latham. Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche took over two years ago as the organizer. Many members of the #PoetryFriday family have signed up to provide a line for the 2022 poem. Today, Rose Cappelli takes over at her blog, Imagine the Possibilities. Participants are borrowing lines from literature. I’m excited to provide the 19th line on April 19th. I hope you’ll join us to see what happens. An adventure has begun! Here’s the itinerary for the poem.

2022 Progressive Poem Itinerary:

April 1 Irene at Live Your Poem
2 Donna Smith at Mainly Write
3 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
4 Mary Lee at A(nother) Year of Reading
5 Buffy at Buffy Silverman
6 Linda at A Word Edgewise
7 Kim Johnson at Common Threads
8 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
9 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
10 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
11 Janet Fagel at Reflections on the Teche
12 Jone at Jone Rush MacCulloch
13 Karin Fisher-Golton at Still in Awe
14 Denise Krebs at Dare to Care
15 Carol Labuzzetta @ The Apples in my Orchard
16 Heidi Mordhorst at My Juicy Little Universe
17 Ruth at There is no such thing as a God-forsaken Town
18 Patricia at Reverie
19 Christie at Wondering and Wandering
20 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
21 Kevin at Dog Trax
22 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
23 Leigh Anne at A Day in the Life
24 Marcie Atkins
25 Marilyn Garcia
26 JoAnn Early Macken
27 Janice at Salt City Verse
28 Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference
29 Karen Eastlund at Karen’s Got a Blog
30 Michelle Kogan Painting, Illustration, & Writing


18 thoughts on “The Hike and a young poet’s first poems #Pathways #NPM #NaPoWriMo #NationalPoetryMonth #PoetryFriday

  1. Oh how I love this post! In my work as a reading specialist I spent a lot of time with Kindergarten writers, and list poems were always a wonderful way in. Thank you for bringing back many special memories, and for sharing Victoria’s lovely creations. Please let her know how much I enjoyed reading her work. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I especially like the way she named all the different kinds of frogs.

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  2. Christie – your poem made me giggle, and your teaching once again makes me joyful. Victoria…you have me planning to go out and cut some forsythia tomorrow. Your poems could even be riddle poems if you take off the titles! Happy Poetry Month and Happy Nature Walking! xo

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  3. Yes, Victoria is on her way, Christie. I am always interested in your vernal pools, have one lake I can visit, filled with good things, but rarely a frog spied. I think they prefer a less sunny place. Love that you’ve started your little ones in poetry & your own poem, with that twist!


  4. What wonderful nature poems! The “SWAT” made me laugh! And Victoria’s poems are a delight – so wonderful to see nature through her eyes.

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  5. Victoria’s “Frsitheeus” poem is all kinds of perfect! Well, they all are, but that’s my favorite. Lucky girl to get the poetry bug so early!

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  6. Christie, yes, the budding little poets are on the wonder trail. Victoria is indeed a budding poet. As always, i would love to have some of your kinder poems for my Poetryliscious Spring Gallery. The Hike with its Swat ending would be a great list poem leading into Victoria’s last two list poems and others of course. Let me know, please!

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