Friday, March 22, 2019

SOL 22/31 & Poetry Friday: How to Find a Poem!

  Rebecca Herzog at Sloth Reads is hosting
 this week's round-up of poetic goodness.
I didn't know that she was calling us to 
take part in National Goof Off Day when 
I began to play with favorite lines from this
exquisite new book of poetry..
Take one new book of poems
Read every word
Read it again
Lift some favorite lines
Savor the play of rearranging lines
Fashion a new how-to poem. 

How to Find a Poem!

So here is what to do
Be very quiet 
Listen for the soft music.

Choose a place you like
Step into the trees
Stretch. Float. Fly!
And do not stop.

When winter winds begin to blow
Speak in a voice both clear and deep
Words that soar
Up in the air and down! 

            -Ramona Behnke, 2019
(with lines lifted from
The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog
and Other How-To Poems
Selected by Paul B. Janeczko
and illustrated by Richard Jones)

A month ago, I wrote a post to honor Paul B. Janeczko. I promised to award Seeing the Blue Between in a random drawing the following Monday (which I didn't do). Today I let grandson Jack pick the winner.
  And the winner is . . . 
(drumroll, please)
 Mary Lee Hahn!
 Thanks to everyone who stopped by to comment on the post and celebrate the contributions of PBJ, truly one of wondrous lights in  the world of children's poetry.


  1. Thanks for sharing. This reminds me of a combination of a black out poem and a collaboration poem (both types my students just created last week).

  2. Beautiful! I love writing found poems. I loved this line: Stretch. Float. Fly!

  3. I love this! And the book looks adorable. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Love this! I now know what we are doing in my class right after spring break! We started our poetry unit, but this will be a fun poetry activity that even my lower English proficiency students can all participate in! Thanks!

  5. What a fun way to read poetry, enjoy poetry, and borrow to create poetry. Your grandson is adorable!!!

  6. I love your found poem, Ramona! I think these lines are my favorite:
    "Step into the trees
    Stretch. Float. Fly!
    And do not stop."
    Paul Janeczko will be sorely missed. How lucky we are to have this so many wonderful books to remember him with, and now this new title. I can't wait to get a copy!

  7. Borrowing lines does inspire. Savor the play... that describes it so well.

  8. I haven't shared it yet, but I am loving the book! What a wonderful thing you did with special lines, Ramona. Love it!

  9. Ramona, I will take your lead and "Step into nature/stretch, spin, fly/And do not stop." Thanks for letting me lift some of your thoughts that are a wonderful tribute for a great poet. Jack had such a gleeful look on his face when he chose the winner. What a happy look!

  10. Thanks, Jack! Thanks, Ramona! I can't wait to add a new-to-me PBJ book to my collection. I just got my copy of Hedgehog and I can't wait to dig in. I'll look for your lifted lines!

    1. I did a version of the poem with credits for each line. Do you think I should include it in this post?

  11. What a playful way to create poetry!

  12. I have to get that book - it looks so great. I like your found poem!

  13. I am ordering the book today. I love how you borrowed lines and created your own.

  14. Nice borrowing and rearranging! I love the result.