When Ava was five years old she wrote a poem that was incredibly good, yet I have only shared it with close family and friends. As I was walking by the kid table in the family room I spotted a piece of paper. On this paper was written a three line poem. I read it about 10 times. My heart palpitated with excitement. I ran to my computer and typed it up and sent it to Chris because he was out of town at the time. I asked Chris who he thinks wrote this poem. He replied that he loved the poem and he thought that the style and nature of the writing reminded him of a Kenneth Rexroth poem.
We have shown a handful of people the poem that Ava wrote and it has evoked tears on more than one occasion. If you would like to read the poem, email me and I will share it. On this post, however, I will share something that Ava wrote a few days ago that I feel is special. I love the way she puts words together to create beautiful imagery.
Chris was working on reading and writing poetry with Ava. He has been reading adult poetry with her, his own poetry, as well as children’s poetry such as Where The Sidewalk Ends. After reading, Ava decided to write a poem about the sun. Chris explained to Ava that he felt the poem was more of a description. It was more didactic than poetic. He asked Ava to transition from talking about the sun in a scientific way, to talking about how she feels about the subject. He asked her to put more emotion into her writing. Chris says if you read Kenneth Rexroth’s poetry it is not necessarily emotional but descriptive in meaningful ways. Chris asked her to write about how the sun made her feel. This is what she wrote:
The sun makes me feel happy like I am dancing under the moon.
The sun makes me feel warm like a big fluffy blanket.
The sun makes me feel calm like flowing water.
The sun makes me feel like I am a big beautiful flower growing.
The sun makes me feel love like a warmth inside my heart.
Until next time, the mothership is signing off.