Happy National Poetry Month!
At Ethical ELA, Bryan Ripley Crandall kicks off VerseLove by inviting teacher-poets to compose acrostics: “Think of your person, place, or phrase. Lay the letters onto the page as if fallen leaves. Game-on. Write as if you are ‘gifting’ to another, and use each letter to craft an original poem.”
I love acrostics and have long believed this ancient form is underused.
As I pondered a topic, I went to the refrigerator door to start breakfast, and there it was:
The Drawing My Granddaughter Made During a “Sleepover”
Six years old, blissfully
Unaware that it’s the emblem of a
Nation being invaded, she announces:
Franna, I am making this for you.
Love crayoned on the paper as
Our own special symbol.
When night falls, we put on our pink pajamas
Emblazoned with these light-seeking faces
Radiating joy of now, promise for tomorrow.
She texts me in the evenings sometimes to be sure I am wearing my sunflower pajamas