A poem for You to Enjoy

I have permission from the author to share his poem. I love this poem.

A note from the Author: I was invited to speak to Mrs. Martin’s 5th grade students about writing. When I arrived, she invited the students to come sit on the rug for my talk. However, there was no rug in the room. The kids sat on the wooden floor. She explained to me that with her allergies, she could not follow the principal’s directive to have a rug in each classroom, so she had an invisible rug. Well, of course, that spurred my imagination; I thought how neat it would be a kid with an invisible rug! I wrote the poem, dedicated it to her class, and published it my next book. When I went back the next year, I could show those fifth graders how you always have to be prepared for an idea to hit you. 

Writing a rhyming poem can be difficult.

It requires a meter and rhythm plus the rhyme in order to be a readable poem.

What is rhythm in poetry? Think of a song you like. What is it about that song that makes you tap your feet or want to dance? It is the rhythm of the song. In a similar way, all poems that are not written in free verse have rhythm, or a beat, as well. We also call that beat meter. Each specific syllable in a line of poetry is called a foot. This is also referred to as a unit of meter.

Types of Meter

There are five main types of beats, or meter, that we use in poetry. Here, we will take a brief look at each type. In poetry, rhythm is expressed through stressed and unstressed syllables. Take the word, poetry, for example. The first syllable is stressed, and the last two are unstressed, as in PO-e-try. Here are the most common types of meter in the English language:

  1. Iamb: The Iamb is a pattern of one unstressed syllable followed by one stressed syllable, as in the word: en-JOY.
  2. Trochee: The trochee is one stressed syllable followed by one unstressed syllable, as in the word: CON-quer.
  3. Spondee: Spondee is a pattern of two stressed syllables in poetry. The pattern may cross over from word to word in a poem. An example of spondee might be: GO! GO! Both 1-syllable words are stressed.
  4. Anapest: The anapest is a combination of two unstressed syllables followed by one stressed syllable. Take this phrase: to the NORTH. The first two syllables are unstressed, while the final syllable is stressed.
  5. Dactyl: The dactyl is the opposite of the anapest, in that it has one stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables as in the phrase: FLY a-way. These metrical units, or feet, make up the beat or rhythm of poetry. (Source: https://bit.ly/3jRRaRY)

Remember songs that have a heavy beat and the words match the beat, that is usually a poem that has been written for that specific song, or else the song was built around the poem’s meter. Rhyming words help the poem’s meter to make sense.

Children’s poetry usually has the best rhythm and rhymes to study. Check out these resources.

children’s.poetry archive.org You can listen to the poems on this site.

https://americanliterature.com/poems-for-kids A list of Children’s poetry to be read.

As you read and study the Children’s poems pay attention to stressed words. Listen to the rhythm of each poem. Do you notice a difference as you read from poem to poem?

Trees

by Joyce Kilmer

Trees was written in 1913, inspired by the beauty of the natural world, written one afternoon in Kilmer’s family home in Mahwah, New Jersey. He published it as the titled work in his collection, Trees and Other Poems (1914). Its simple, lyrical verses have since been parodied by celebrated poets, notably, by Ogden Nash.

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree

Tension

Written by Katherine E. Soto

Tension walks locked in step with me

Pain erupts within my body

When tension steps through the doorway.

It is an elaborate relationship we have with one another.

Few times I can get it to flee from me

Allowing me to have a voice within my own body.

I would like to throw stones at tension when it appears.

Sometimes its sneaky and is silent when it comes

It creeps into my muscles and head before I realize it’s here.

Other times it rushes in to take charge of my body like a cold

Passing through the body, only this one does not leave.

Throwing Stones

Haiku Poems

written by Katherine E. Soto

Haiku poem is a three line poem that follows specific syllable count rules. Mine are 5-7-5 syllable Haiku. Haiku often involved nature and thoughts or feelings. They convey a message in a concise verse.

I took a Haiku challenge online. It was eight days of writing a Haiku poem.

With my five fingers
I write my way to haiku
A poem sings out
The green frog dances
On its lily pad so bright
As morning sun crests
My pain filled eyes.
Look back out of my mirror
Wait for pill’s effect.
Paint filled brushes
Creation on the paper
Color picture forms
It is a birthday
A cake filled with candles
Bright memories shine
Post read Wine and goats
Put wine and goats side by side
Spectacular fete.
Creating poems
Using imagination
In a strict format
Haiku poems
Written to leave one breathless
Words can shine so bright

Rise

I release my worries and my fear
with the flames that ignite and carry them away.
I will take care of me and mine.
I will be safe and careful.

I send fire to my friends who need it
at this tough time in the world.
Use it for you and yours.

We work in fire
for the good of our world.
Be reborn.
Be the Phoenix in fire
To bring our new world forward.

Blessings from the Universe.

Poem written by Katherine E. Soto

(Pic courtesy of Rewilding for Women)

No One Can Stop a Writer 2/28/2019

No one can stop a writer,

no words have been uttered

that should ever stop you,

unless someone yells “Fire”

and there really is a fire,

then stop and get out.

But words mean something,

they shape lives.

Books affect people in ways

 you will never know

unless you express it.

Let it out.

There is Writing Dragon

within all of us.

We just must find it.

Sometimes it needs waking up,

 sometime all you have to do

is wave pen at it

and you better be ready to write.

A writer is a someone

who takes these simple letters of ABC,

and forms them into words.

Words big or small,

that form sentences.

Sentences that form stories.

Stories that make books.

 Books that give memories and imagination to others.