I nearly jump out of my seat when students come up with bold, fresh images that sound like something out of open mic night. A year ago I decided to teach them simile. “A cat is like a kitten,” someone offered. Now I have them churning out similes like: disappointment tastes like rocks. Fourteen tweens gather weekly in my home for writing/literature class. Today we learned how to write a sensory poem and a cinquain, both of which are non-rhyming, formulaic poems. I had to do one (ok, I just wanted to) as an example.
Joy, a tall cup of Starbucks, creamy brown.
Gurgles, burbles, bubbles, “pssst” on the hot plate.
Seared black and oily, cracked beans, smell like possibility.
Bitter, strong, I purse my lips against the steam.
This cup of American optimism and luxury
Feels extravagant in my hands, in my nose, down my throat.
For those of you who’d like to try a sensory poem, here’s the “recipe.” If you do, post it to the comments! 🙂
Line 1 – Name an emotion or feeling. Finish the line with a color.
Line 2 – Tell what it sounds like.
Line 3 – Tell what it smells like.
Line 4 – Tell what it tastes like.
Line 5 – Tell what it looks like.
Line 6 – Tell what it feels like.
I also wrote a cinquain. I’ll try to post it and some of my student’s writing in an upcoming post.