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Monday, March 12, 2012

I Am

Slice 12 of 31
I was looking through my coaching notebook from summer last year and found the I am formula poem...wrote it about slicing...all that I am and want to be...

I Am
I am me, Amy, wife, mom, teacher, coach...and a writer?!
I wonder if I can really write and slice everyday…
I hear twinkling music, snoring, coughing, crying…
I see streetlights, headlights, nightlights, desk lights
I want a quiet moment with the keys and the screen
I am me, Amy, wife, mom, teacher, coach and a writer?
I pretend I am listening really thinking-but my mind is drifting…about my next slice
I feel a shiver, a shudder, a quiver-wondering if I can be free
I touch the keys to break free from distractions
I worry that I’m not spending time when it matters
I cry when I realize nothing stays the same
I am me, Amy, wife, mom, teacher, coach and a writer.
I understand why nothing stays the same.
I say that change is a good thing.
I dream that change can happen and be positive
I try to reflect on the outcome of change
I hope that reflection can lead to growth.
I am me, Amy, wife, mom, teacher, coach and a writer!

14 comments:

  1. What a great use of the "I am" poem! I think I'll tuck this away to use with my students at the end of the year. I really love how your questions turn in to exclamations by the end of the poem.

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  2. "I pretend I am listening really thinking-but my mind is drifting…about my next slice"
    Ha! Isn't that the truth this March month of the slicing challenge!

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  3. Love this! The punctuation change is so telling. You are a writer! When I go back and reread I see so many specific craft moves throughout. This is a great piece as a mentor text.

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    1. Thanks LC! I just felt like the punctuation was part of telling the story-even though they aren't words they definitely influenced what I meant to say...

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  4. You add dimension and layers with your poem.

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  5. I just tried a poem today...I'll maybe post it tomorrow. For some reason poetry always freaks me out. If I try a formula, like yours it might give me more confidence. I loved quiver-wondering.

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    1. Your comment makes me think about how kids feel when we try and get them to write poetry.

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  6. Powerful! I love the repeating line of you and the added writer?. Yes, you are a writer of the moment, of hopes, and of your thinking.

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  7. This is one of my favorite poem styles to use with kids. You wrote a really great one--and I like the change of punctuation at the end. You are a writer!

    Have you used the George Ella Lyon poem "Where I'm From" It's another great poem to use with kids and on her web site there is a template and a lesson plan! (and it will give you another slice on a day you can't think of anything to write about!)

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    1. I have not used the George Ella Lyon poem-I do remember the story "Together". I will look it up!
      Thanks for the suggestion!

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  8. Amy, that was delightful! I noticed the subtle punctuation changes. Yes, you are a writer.

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    1. I guess this one would be a keeper in the writers notebook...I really should start keeping one. Do you keep one?

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  9. An I am poem, with a shifting voice! I love it! You are a writer, indeed!

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