There is no vessel like a book
You’ll be transported by page
Poorest soul can leave his cage
A sing-song verse
Will quickly immerse
Dear reader, in its depth
Frugal means to gain breadth
Of knowledge, reading will hook!
There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!
NaPoWriMo Prompt – And now for today’s (optional, as always!) prompt. Today, let’s rewrite a famous poem, giving it our own spin. While any famous poem will do, if you haven’t already got one in mind, why not try your own version of Cesar Vallejo’s Black Stone Lying on a White Stone? If you’re not exactly sure how such a poem could be “re-written,” check out this recent poem by Stephen Burt, which riffs on Vallejo’s. Happy writing!
Waiting at the bus stop with Gretchen this morning, another student came up holding Cinder by: Marissa Meyer. Gretchen just finished reading the third book in the series. We started talking about how good the books are. I love when kids love reading. 😀 I’m early but April 12th is DEAR day in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday. Everyone should – Drop Everything And Read. I wrote a double dactyl for DEAR day one year.
In the middle of NaPoWriMo, I am also reading Kilroy was Here by: Douglas Quinn. It’s a children’s book; I will write a review of when I’m finished. I’m thinking I may include a found poem in my review. My oldest daughter has to write three book reports outside of her English class. One of the suggestions is to write a found poem from a page in the book. Rachael thought it was too easy to be real. But I assured her found poetry is a legit assignment. She has done two of the three reports. No found poem by her yet.