April 23rd Anna’s Prompt: April Showers Bring May Flowers

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Today’s prompt was to write about an unpleasant or challenging time that evolved into something beautiful (April showers bring May flowers) or vice versa (May flowers then April showers).

We Were Meant to Be the Water

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In honor of Earth Day and honoring the words of Dr. Gholdy Muhammad, I wrote a Golden Shovel poem using her quote: “How can we water an earth that systemic racism and oppresion have made dry?”

April 14th: A Golden Shovel Poem

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Today’s prompt was to write a Golden Shovel poem inspired by “Today” from Billy Collins. I chose these lines for my poem:

If ever there were a spring day so perfect
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze

April 4th Fun with Alphabeticals

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Today’s prompt was to play with the alphabet, one letter, or whatever comes to mind. I thought about the alphabet song and Ella popped into my heart! Here’s to all the children who sing the alphabet song and those who like jumprope songs!

National Poetry Month with Ethical ELA kicks off with #hashtagacrostics

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Kim hosted us for the first day of #nationalpoetrymonth with a fun prompt using #hastagacrostics to introduce ourselves.

Sankofa

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Today, James Coats prompted us to “look back to look forward” and I immediately thought about Sankofa. I chose to write a haiku sonnet which includes 4 haiku and 2 lines at the end to make 16 lines.

Haiku Sonnet

A Naani Poem

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Today’s prompt was to write a Naani poem. This form consists of four lines and can have 20-25 syllables. In honor of the recent passing of Dexter King, I wrote my Naani poem for him.

 

Run or Reconcile

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Today’s prompt gave me another opportunity to be inspired by the book, Ghost. The prompt was to think about a character’s motivation in a book we are reading. I used the sentence, “Ghost has to learn to reconcile with his traumatic past” to write a Golden Shovel poem with that sentence as my striking line.

Street Life

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Today’s prompt, “Creativity Connective” from Anna J. Small Roseboro, asked us to think about a minor character in a text we’ve read and write a poem from that character’s point of view to respond to something happening in the news or the world today. My character (Coach Otis Brody) is from Jason Reynolds’ book, Ghost. My topic is the profoundly disturbing number of unhoused people residing in Los Angeles (over 46,000). The words in bold were generated from the word unscrambler of my character’s full name.

Street Life

As a consequence for Ghost’s actions
I made him clean out my cab’s trashy trunk
When he opened it,
He wanted to cry
I chuckled, “I know, it’s bad.”

Ghost tossed old fast-food bags
Whistles and papers
Into a box on the sidewalk
But insisted on donating
My thread-bare shirt
And my jackets with hoods
To StandUp For Kids,
An outreach program for those who are unhoused.

“Coach, have you seen the cars with windows made of boards?”
“Boys and girls in our school live like that! In cars!
Ghost shared a story about a man on his block
Who built a shelter out of old doors
With a tarp tied to bicycle bars for a ceiling
It would never absorb the rain.

The scarcity of basic resources
Caused one of his friends to hoard
apples and oranges from school lunches each day
and another girl stole deodorant
from the local store
because housed kids teased her
about her hair and body odors.

Now I understood why Ghost stole those shoes
to run with our team
His mother had little money to spare
And street life was sad and unfair.

©Stacey L. Joy, 1/20/24