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Spring Into Poetry



'The key to teaching poetry isn't drilling the vocabulary into your students and having them practice how to recognize iambic pentameter -- the key is getting them motivated. Show them the poetry you enjoy, and explain with genuine enthusiasm why you like it. Let them see what drastically different authors have done. Teach children how to appreciate poetry, and they will understand it. Understanding will lead to their own love of poetry, and that love will carry them forward.'
Gregory Webster

With these words ringing in my ears, I intend to set myself a challenge and post a poem everyday for the month of September. It's spring in Australia, so I'm springing into verse. Ironically, the first poem I ever recall writing way back in about Grade 2 was about spring...


Today, the sun is shining...

I AM THE SUN
  
I am the sun
I provide warmth
Encouraging daffodils to bloom
I warm your back
And instantly you are dreaming of beach days

I am the sun
I scorch the earth until it is parched and dry
Bringing drought and famine
I force you to perspire
As my searing summer rays burn your delicate skin

I am the evaporator
I am the light
I am the sun

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