Slice of Life: The Line Thief


(This is part of the Slice of Life Challenge with Two Writing Teachers. We write about small moments each and every day for March. You come, too. Write with us.)

Yesterday morning, I did my daily “tour” of other folks engaged in the Slice of Life. Part of the month-long adventure is not just sharing, but also connecting through comments. But I decided to go at it a bit differently yesterday. Instead of leaving prose, I stole lines from people’s posts and built poetry out of those stolen lines, and then left the poems as comments for my fellow Slicers.

I didn’t think too much or too deep about it. Instead, I read the post, tried to find that “center of gravity” and then used those words as the basis for a free-form poem, moving around the perimeter of the theme. It was interesting, reading and writing, and then moving on. Later in the day, I noticed that a few folks mentioned on Twitter how fun it was to find my poems, like little wordy surprises sprinkled around our Slice of Life community.

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

I took the poems that I had left (I remembered to make notes of where I had been so I didn’t get lost) and created this collection in Prezi. Thank you to the bloggers who unknowingly inspired me to write my poems, and I hope the comments as poetry were a nice little surprise for you.

Peace (in the poems),

  1. Kevin,
    I know I’ve said this at least 30 or more times to you but you are sooooooo creative! Thanks for sharing the lines you took and put together in a prezi! What a fun way to make used words new…

  2. As usual, I am inspired (and made tired) by all of your effort and creative thought Kevin. Wow. I’d love to spend a day in your classroom sometime to soak up your culture. Your students are fortunate, as are all of us for being connected to you.

  3. Kevin, Your poem made me smile!!! I love this idea for a new way to comment. I’m going to share with my students. I wonder if there’s someone in my classes who’d like to write comments this way!
    P.S. The Line Thief…I LOVE that title!

  4. Not only were you bringing joy to the slicer that received the comment, but also to the other ones who found it in the comment section. A Line Thief sprinkling surprises – makes the imagination grow.

  5. What beautiful gifts to the writers and to us! Thank you for sharing this creative idea with us. I can’t wait to introduce this to my children!

  6. I was not a recipient of one of your poetic gifts, but I came across one of your comments reading someone else’s slice and it brought a smile to my face- and that’s not easy to do at 5:00 in the morning. Love your use of Prezi and your poetry!

  7. I love the look of it before even reading, Kevin. What a gift you’ve given to those writers, and then to all of us readers. Thank you!

  8. What fun! I love the “line thief” and how you presented them was so reflective of a community.
    We are each in a bubble that connects to others. Thanks – made my day!

  9. Brilliant idea and what a lovely gift to the original posters! Love love love it – and the Prezi was a wonderful touch!

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