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Life on the Deckle Edge

Haiku Hike Cont. ...

May 20, 2011

Tags: Poetry Friday, poetry, school visits, haiku

Today we're finishing up our poetry project in two fourth grade classes. I'm visiting one last time to hand out booklets featuring a haiku poem, and in most cases an illustration, by each student poet. (Haiga!) Many added titles.

I hope this collection will be enjoyed long after these students have outgrown their fourth-grade shoes.
Perhaps reading these later will spark a memory of what it felt like to be ten years old. I posted a batch of these week before last (click here), and below are the rest. [These are the original works of students and not to be copied - thank you!] I enjoyed "anthologizing" them for the books. Thanks again to teachers Mrs. Briggs and Mrs. Roberts, and to each young poet!

Wind Blows

wind blows
purple flowers play
in the wind
(by Mary Keys)

Chirping Wind

birds chirping
in the sound
of the wind
(by KJ)


birds chirping around
flight paths between trees for birds
diving and swooping

by Rocco)

Birds' Song

high chirp low chirp
the birds sing a song
it makes me want to sing along

(by Hannah)

chirp chirp
really really cool breeze
bugs land on me
(by Bryce)

ladybugs flying
flowers blowing in the wind
caterpillars crawling
(by Jettie)

Beautiful Butterflies

butterflies flying
ladybugs climbing flowers
spotted ladybug

by Claire)

I see the drops on grass
the tall grass sways in the wind
I hear the bird's song
(by Natalie)


skinny tree
tallest tree I have ever seen
pretty tree
(by Sophia)


flowers blooming
sunlight shines down on them
nature so wonderful
(by Sadie)

the bugs fly
in the big blue sky
the trees sway
(by Brauch)

Pesky Squirrels

I hear them again
jumping, running, rattling
they munch on acorns
(by Sophie)

tall grass
tall trees swaying
leaves falling
(by Clayton)


painful thorns
always hurt
never touch them
(by Cem)


ants are scary
I say ouch when they bite me
ants are mean
(by Paxton)

lady bugs all around
the caterpillars are crawling up
the stump the river is rushing
(by Sadie)

river running by
bugs flying around
soft crunchy grass
(by Katharine)

brown and green grass
old leaves fall
creeeks flow loudly
(by Kuepper)


the creek
is rustling over the rocks
it is very cool
(by Matthew)


split splat
shhh, shhh, shhh
whoosh, tickle
(by Banks)

River of Stream

river flowing
rocks smoothly flowing down
stream gone
(by Harrison)

swampy water
looks like mud
puddles that you see
(by Linda)

old river
the turtle eats the
grass as it swallows
(by Hunter)


lizards are reptiles
camouflaging their bodies
jumping between trees
(by Dakari)

crickets singing
fireflies flying I'm
(by Larsen)

the moon is very nice
the moon is white and peaceful
I really like the moon
(by Reese)

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  1. May 20, 2011 1:54 PM EDT
    These are wonderful, Robyn. Refreshing and uplifting to read through them. Felt those ants bite, though . . .:)
    - jama
  2. May 20, 2011 2:01 PM EDT
    Thanks, Jama! Most of the poems were about the beauty of nature, so I appreciated the ones about the biting ants, the thorns, and the "warring" birds to add a different perspective. ;0)
    - Robyn Black
  3. May 20, 2011 6:18 PM EDT
    Lovely lovely! I envy you your poetry hike--although I did send home the results of a poetry week with kindergarteners today--I just set them loose after a series of "what poets do" poems and they went for it with some strong results.

    I'm sure they love seeing their work here...

    I can tell that you looked with fresh eyes and listened with keen ears before your wrote your haiku. You can be proud of your observations and the words you chose to describe them.

    a fellow poet

    - Heidi
  4. May 20, 2011 10:12 PM EDT
    Hi, Heidi - I'm sure your kindergarteners were thrilled with their work, too! Thanks so much for stopping by, and especially for the shout-out to these young poets. I'll make sure they get it.
    - Robyn Black
  5. May 21, 2011 6:19 AM EDT
    I LOVE the idea of a haiku hike! They all saw the same world, but they all wrote it originally. The world made new, over and over again, by words. Lovely.
    - Mary Lee
  6. May 21, 2011 11:28 AM EDT
    Thanks, Mary Lee - it was a celebration of each person's uniqueness! I had fun arranging the poems for their booklets - linking their ideas in a kind of renga-style. [BTW - I also shared the book mentioned last week with their teacher, with a warning about the portrayal of Miss Cash, thanks to your insight!]
    - Robyn Black

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