We have traveled the long dark cold tunnel of winter and made it into the light! This year that journey is especially sweet. My confirmation of spring came this week at school where first and second graders have been busy writing poetry. After reading Kenard Pak’s book, Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring, the first graders tried their hand at writing poems. The neat and concise form is comforting to beginning writers. All students, no matter their level, felt successful creating images of winter and spring. Here are two examples.
One of my private students, who is in 5th grade, tried here had at this poem format and created this:
The second graders focused on sound mixed with imagery. They explored including onomatopoeia in their poems. First, they brainstormed as a group what they see as winter turns to spring. Then they made a list of the sounds that could be heard in the springtime. Second graders, in particular, love to play with sound. They like to get silly. They take risks and there is a wonderful spontaneity to their poems.
The students’ poems inspired me to take a good look at the world transforming from winter to spring. I decided to take a long deep breath. I made myself pause, look around, and notice. I wanted to collect images that I could arrange into a collage of sorts or more aptly, a spring mosaic. Here is what I played with this week.
Spring Mosaic The moon appears Like a pearl in the morning sky, In the woods, beneath the brown Undergrowth, skunk cabbage Pokes its green ears Out of the soggy ground. Spring peepers croak out A morning song, Yellow buds pop from Tender tangles of forsythia, White and lavender crocuses Quietly bloom In their small way. Bare branches are laced With pink, white, yellow-green, Cherry, pear, and dogwoods bloom. Birds gather and scatter Swooping here and there Looping through the blue sky Up toward the pastel clouds Then landing lightly, Visiting feeders and garden gates. As turtles lounge on logs Sitting end to end in the pond Following the sun. On the fertile surface, Another spring is reborn. The Earth is renewed. A soft rain lightly falls Slowly forming puddles, In their reflection, My spirit is restored.
Five Spring Picture Book Choices
- and then it’s spring by Julie Foliano
- Spring is Hear: A Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand
- We are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines
- When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
- Worm Weather by Jean Taft
6 thoughts on “Spring Mosaic”
So many wonderful poems! You do beautiful work with your students. Your poem is inspiring!
So full of spring joy! The children’s poems are absolute delights, as are those photos. Your spring mosaic of images is lovely – I see every one through your eyes, sensing your gratitude and quiet celebration, much as Earth does itself, being reborn. “My spirit is restored”- indeed; this is a perfect line!
The visual images transported me to hearing and seeing… I loved the skunk cabbage and that you used the word ears… This is pretty special. I’m sending to my daughter so they could work on some of these very simple poems… this was wonderful. Thank you and many blessings of this season to you. XO
“The earth is renewed . . . My spirit is restored.” I feel the same way every spring. Your student poems are marvelous. I especially like the way Hayden noticed the rain sounds and made them rhyme! And his title is perfect. I’m requesting the spring books to enjoy with the grand boys. Thanks for sharing!
I love the way spring (and poetry) restore the spirits. Your blog always does this for me too!
I love seeing the work you do with children. It is inspiring. I’m also considering the Hello/Goodbye format. It is inspiring, too.