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I'm thrilled to be hosting Poetry Friday this week! I'll do my best to keep up with all the posts and adding them here but be sure to check the comments.
This year in my school district our superintendent asked us to think about our dreams for our students and to keep our dreams in mind and alive in every facet of our work. I really love the idea of dreams. I totally agree that if you can dream it, you can achieve it. Today I'm sharing two of my favorite poems about dreams and one of my favorite songs, The Rainbow Connection from The Muppet Movie. Thanks for checking out Poetry Friday this week!
When I was in 2nd grade, everyone in my class had to choose a Shel Silverstein poem to memorize and recite to the class and our parents. My friend and I tag-teamed Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout! I'll never forget that poem - I don't remember every word after all these years, but I do remember loving that poem and all of Shel's other poems. Invitation is at the beginning of Where the Sidewalk Ends and to me it's such a wonderfully welcoming poem. I love stories, I love read alouds, and snuggling up on the couch or listening to an audiobook. I love everything about listening to stories and imagining being friends with the character, off on an adventure or solving a mystery, wondering what it might be like to walk in their shoes. Dreaming and imagining are so magical and Shel Silverstein does such a great job of capturing all of that in this poem.
I saw this quote on Twitter and I tried to find out the original source but I just couldn't trace it back to anyone or anything. What I love about this quote though is the emphasis on the idea that one little dream - something completely fantastic and out of the ordinary - can grow into something bigger and something that might mean a better tomorrow. It reminds me of the novel The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan which is based on the life of Pablo Neruda. Pablo Neruda would have definitely be considered a dreamer. While his father didn't truly seem to recognize or accept how remarkable Pablo Neruda was, others did and he did have such a tremendous impact on literature and poetry and the arts. Not everyone dreams in the same way. Some are able to imagine a dream and go after it while that doesn't come so naturally to others...but we need any dreams we can get!
I'm excited to read everyone's posts this week! Hooray for Poetry. Be sure to add your link and if you're on Twitter, use the hashtag #PoetryFriday.
Laura from AuthorAmok is hosting YA verse novelist, Holly Thompson, today to talk about her new book "The Language Inside." She even has a gorgeous new hardcover copy of the book to give away!
Linda Baie at Teacher Dance shares an original poem about believing in the work we do as teachers.
Keri from Keri Recommends shares a draft of poem inspired by the weekly prompt from Poets & Writers and someone she saw yesterday.