Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Slice of Life and Sharing Our Stories: From Languishing to Flourishing

When I read this article today "Those Blah Feelings Have a Common Name," in the Science Times section of the NYT, I immediately saw that I could create a diamante poem from the ideas presented in the article.  I could save this for Poetry Friday, but it's what popped up for today's slice of life. Our prompt for Sharing Our Stories last Thursday was aloud. I usually read poetry that I create aloud, but I'm looking forward to using this strategy with my narrative pieces as well.

Here's the formula for my antonym diamante poem:

1 noun

2 adjectives

3verbs ending in -ing 

4 nouns (2 relating to the first noun, 2 relating to the antonym at the end of poem)

3 verbs ending in -ing

2 adjectives

1 noun

It's the center point of the poem where the poem pivots to reflect the final word (an antonym for the first word).


joyless, bleak

muddling, stagnating, languishing

befuddlement, aimlessness, absorption, connection

 attending, rediscovering, flourishing

immersive, intentional



  1. Ramona, I'm glad I came back later and saw your missing post! I've done that before--posted to the wrong day! I'm not familiar with Sharing My Stories. I wonder if maybe in a future post you could share how you do this: "I'm looking forward to using this strategy with my narrative pieces as well."

    Beautiful word choice in your diamante! Blah to Flow!

  2. Oh yes! I haven't played with diamanté's form in quite some time. I love the way it forces the poet to select words with such careful consideration. Your poem speaks to the last year in so many ways. In a sense, the poem talks about those hard moments and the way we work ourselves through to flow. Now I'm off to check out the article.

  3. Moving from blah to flow! So needed in the second week of my third round of testing (WIDA ACCESS, then our state reading assessment for 3rd grade, now the state-wide tests in ELA, Math, Social Studies and Science for 3-6 at our school) and a 4th round yet to come- EOY NWEA! I especially like your -ing’s.

  4. The poetic style echoes the mood shift; I like it! First we get an inkling of a feeling, then a full-blown wallowing, to a shift in thinking that brings us back to a singular, now positive, mood. This would fit in perfectly with an SEL lesson.