If I Were a Rock Thrower …

This a poem related to Mary Lee’s Wonders of the World poetry prompt. Today’s Wonder, I believe, is about the Porcelain Tower of Nanjing, which I had never really heard about.

IfIThrewRocks

If I threw rocks,
your tower would fall
into a million tiny pieces -
white shards of history
scattered in the dirt for us to collect
and inspect and reflect upon –
but I am too humble for that
so I wait here each day
for the second strike of lightning
and hold my breath
for the disaster of dismantling yet to come.

So,  I am not sure what my aim was with this one.

Peace (in the words),
Kevin

Infographic: Online Activities of Kids

I’m working on a presentation to a group of mothers in the town where I teach about digital citizenship, and found this infographic by ebuyer that is handy, with useful information about technology use by kids.
digital generation infographic
Peace (in the sharing),.
Kevin

Life, in Seven Words

life in seven words
The Daily Create prompt yesterday was a “tell your life in seven words” kind of activity. It reminded me of Six Word memoirs, which reminded me of the Mozilla Thimble template created by the National Writing Project, so I dug it up and worked on it for my seven-word-life-story. I was trying to get at the idea that even when I am nowhere near a pen or keyboard, my brain is always working on writing something. I just need to remember later what it was that I was writing.

:)

Peace (Word!),
Kevin

PS — you can create your own seven word or six word memoir with Thimble, too. Either remix mine or remix the original.

Wonder Poem: Walls Won’t Hold Us

Today’s inspiration for poetry of Wonders of the World (thanks to Mary Lee) is the Great Wall of China.
WallsWontHoldUs

 

Walls won’t hold us:Even from this faraway view
with me, on this side;
on the other side, you;
These walls won’t hold us.

Walls won’t hold us:
My paper airplane floats
a-flutter of ideas
scribbled in handwritten notes;
No, walls won’t hold us.

Walls won’t hold us:For through this barricade
I’m remembering your whispers
of the love we made;
These walls? Won’t hold us.

Peace (in love),
Kevin

Into the Catacombs of Time: A MultiMedia Poem

This is part of poetry inspired by the Wonders of the World. Today, Mary Lee has us thinking about the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa in Egypt. I wrote a poem, and then decided to use Popcorn Maker to add the visual and audio elements to the poetry.

I descend into the past
down stone steps
past ancient corners
through the rough artistry
of slaves bent on freedom
one floor
two floor
three floors deep
running my fingernails across the wall
as I walk slowly into history flanked by falcons
and the power of the sun into the hearts of men
until I reach the three coffins of rock
in this mound of shards,
wondering all the while whose bones
sleep amid all of this silent chaos.

Peace (in the deep),
Kevin

Colosseum: A Fibonacci Poem

As part of Mary Lee Hahn’s poetry prompts around Wonders of the World, I dove into a poem about the Colosseum in Rome, and decided to try out a poem format that was unfamiliar to me: the Fibonacci poem. Using the math elements of the Fibonacci number sequence, the poem unfolds in syllables of 1-1-3-5-8 (sort of like a mathified Haiku).

Time:
Still
standing.
Nature tries its best
but these old walls refuse to fall.

Speaking of Haiku, I used Haiku Deck to bring a visual element to the poem.

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

Peace (in the sequence),
Kevin

Daily Create: Writing It All Wrong

Does spelling count? For today’s Daily Create at DS106, the prompt is to write a story riddled with spelling errors.  (That’s harder than it seems, particular for a teacher).

Here’s what I came up with:
BestestStorieEvreMispelled

Peace (in the storie),
Kevin

Silent, the Lost Word: a Found Poem

Found Word Visual Poem
I used an app that generates lists of random words which, sort of like magnetic poetry, you pull together. There’s a certain disconnected nature to this kind of poetic construction that gives it an interesting disjointed flow around the connections between words and ideas. The app does not have clip art, so you have to pull in your own. I used this image from my collection of screen saver files.

Peace (in the poem),
Kevin

 

Poems for April: Wonder

My friend, Mary Lee Hahn, over at A Year of Reading, is hoping to inspire us to write poems this month by focusing our attention on the Wonders of the World, and I am curious. I know it is cliche to write poems in April, but what the heck … writing poems at any time is always worth it.

I know her first prompt this morning is about the Pyramid of Giza, but I was writing about the idea of wonder, and realized that if you turned this poem on its side, it was a building.

wonders:

the world unfolding;

overlapping architects

weave ideas from strands of silk,

composed of words, image, sound

while designers of this flowing media fabric

add unexpected edges and rich unknown colors

which we work to wrap around ourselves

sheltered in the experience of the past;

overlapping dreamers in

the world unfolding;

wonders.

wonders poem
Peace (in the poems),
Kevin