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Life on the Deckle Edge

Primrose Poets

June 24, 2011

Tags: poetry, Poetry Friday, school visits, haiku

Salem, Massachusetts
This week I had the pleasure of visiting with preschoolers through fifth-graders at The Primrose School of Suwanee West (Ga.). I'd been there two years ago, and it was fun seeing how the kids have grown.

Part of our time was spent exploring poetry. To get things rolling, we looked at a picture together (the harbor at Salem, Mass.) and the students came up with a group poem about it.

Here is the list poem written by K-1st graders:

The Harbor

Picket Fence

Here is a haiku inspired by the same picture, composed by 2nd through 5th graders:

my dad
fishing - listening
to waves crash

I really like that haiku! Here is another, written by Elizabeth when I took that same group outside to observe a bit of the natural world around the playground:

bright sun
soft leaves
Mother Nature's busy

I never tire of the fresh perspectives kids bring to poetry. For more fresh poetry, check out the Poetry Friday Roundup at Carol's Corner.


  1. June 24, 2011 9:25 AM EDT
    I'm a big fan of photographs as inspiration. Last night I went to our art museum's new exhibit Who Shot Rock & Roll, a photographic journey through rock & roll. There were so many pics just begging for poems!
    - Irene Latham
  2. June 24, 2011 5:19 PM EDT
    I'm also a fan of using photos to get the poems flowing. These are great!

    You've become a Poetry Friday regular, Robyn...are you interested in hosting a round up? Sign up is here:
    - Mary Lee
  3. June 24, 2011 6:00 PM EDT
    Thanks, Irene! And that sounds like a great exhibit.

    Mary Lee, I almost signed up today - but I thought perhaps I wasn't "seasoned" enough or technologically savvy enough! But a direct invitation from you? I'm happy to give it a try. I'll go to the link... :0)
    - Robyn Black
  4. June 24, 2011 8:36 PM EDT
    Love these poems by kids, almost as much as I love the picture of the Salem harbor. Beautiful!
    - Carol
  5. June 25, 2011 7:58 AM EDT
    I put you on the schedule Dec. 9 (Sara asked for the Sept. date). That will give you plenty of time to study different round up styles and decide how you want to do yours! Thanks for taking the plunge!!
    - Mary Lee
  6. June 25, 2011 11:30 AM EDT
    Yay for haiku!
    - Gisele LeBlanc
  7. June 25, 2011 3:52 PM EDT
    Thanks for dropping by, Carol, and for the kind comments!

    Mary Lee - that sounds great. I look forward to it!

    Gisele - Happy to see you here, too! And Yay back. :0)
    - Robyn Black
  8. June 25, 2011 4:03 PM EDT

    Thank you for visiting our school. The children had so much fun exploring poetry and reading with you. You are always welcome at Primrose School of Suwanee West!!!!!!

    - Anonymous
  9. June 25, 2011 4:31 PM EDT
    Thanks for popping in, Shanna - and for the warm welcome again at your wonderful school! I had at least as much fun as the kids - a terrific, creative group.
    - Robyn Black

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