Tuesday, March 8, 2011


All poems contain a baby poem. A kernel of corn
from a cob is a poem. It is a seed that can grow into
a poem with many baby poems attached. A sunflower
has seeds that are like poems. Sweet poems are seeds.

Some poems are written by people. Some are planted
like seeds. Some poems (like people and plants) are
covered with prickly burrs. They stick to fur. If poems
containing seeds fall off in good soil, a jimson weed, cocklebur
or beggar-tick plant might grow and afterward you might
write a poem. I love the smell of poems inside flowers

Did you know that a poem is a seed? It has a baby inside.
When a poem falls to the ground where there is good soil
and plenty of words and ideas in the soil, a baby poem
starts to grow. In about twenty years or so it might grow
into a tall poem with words that are beautiful like the leaves
on an oak tree.

A pine cone has seeds that fall out like eyes and go looking
for small bugs with poems inside their mouths. Maple seeds
have wings like birds, like poems that know how to fly.
When the wind blows, the seeds of dandelion poems scatter.
Each tiny fluff of white carries a small, dark poem. Just one
poem can grow into a plant that bears many others. So, if you
write a poem you might write another one. More poems might
grow inside you and fall out like seeds in a pinecone.

When I look at a black walnut tree I see a poem inside you.

by Shannon Bramer

This poem was created by using text from a children's science book entitled: Do you know? by B.G. Ford. Providing kids with a "source" text is a great way to get them started thinking about poetry as discovery; encouraging students to find the poem hidden within a piece of larger text (a story, a newspaper article, a picture book) encourages them to experiment with rearranging words and shaping language. The poem is made first, meaning is investigated later. 

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