Monday, April 21, 2014

Haiku: The Prairie

Haiku of the Prairie

I love nature--there is a prairie preserve close to my house that I love to hike.  I try to take pictures whenever I can.  The prairie fascinates me.  Did you know that the grass has an incredible root system.  Because of that root system, it can survive droughts, floods, and even fire.  The native american used fire as a tool for hunting buffalo herds.  Also, There were, of course, the natural occurrence of fire from lightning.  And year after year the prairie would continue to grow.  The ash from the fires created some of the most fertile soil in the world.  
For national poetry month, I wrote a haiku.  Five, Seven, Five syllables--mostly about nature--and included some pictures. Today, there still may be fires from lightning, but they do controlled burns to maintain a healthy prairie ecosystem. 

This is the growth after one such burning!  Now for the Haiku:

Blackened, burnt and raw
The prairie seemingly dead
But returns in spring  


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Elephony: a poem for national poetry month

Eletelephony, by Laura Elizabeth Richards

One of my favorite poems.  A little outdated--trying to figure out how to rewrite this poem for smart phones.  Once their was a elephant Who tried to use the smartaphant.
No! no! I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the smart a phone.

Howe'er it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the apaphunk.

You get the idea.  The elephant was sucked in the smart phone with its games and aps like all of us.

Anyways, you can find this poem in my google drive!  It's a great fun to share--and maybe your students can figure out how to update the poem to fit the modern world!