Celebrate National Poetry Month!
Happy April and Happy National Poetry Month. Snow pack is still in meltdown stage here at the farmstead in Central Maine, but spring blooms will soon be appearing. Johnny-jump-ups (like the ones I photographed on the poster) are sure to be among the first blooms of the season. They’re one of those hardy native plants that bloom in abundance and pop up everywhere from early spring until the first hard freeze the next fall—hence the title and last line of the poem. This photo of last year’s blooms inspired me to write countdown Commences, a spring haiku (Japanese-inspired, non-rhyming three-line: 5-7-5 syllable poem).
Haiku by Bette A. Stevens
Springtide emerging from earth
I love designing posters to go with my poems and often use photos I have taken. As a former teacher (now retired) in grades four through eight, I know that kids of all ages love writing poetry and they enjoy illustrating their poems too. It’s simple and it’s so much fun to tell a story in the three short lines of Haiku. Of course, you can write as many stanzas as you wish. Give it a try!
Grab the kids, take out your pens, head into the great outdoors and get inspired!
~Bette A. Stevens, Maine author/illustrator
Discover more about how to write haiku and other poetry
- More tips for children and adults from Bette A. Stevens on writing poetry https://4writersandreaders.com/2016/10/19/have-fun-writing-haiku-get-the-kids-writing-too/
- Visit Reference.Com