SOLSC18 14/31: Some Words

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Thank you to Two Writing Teachers for holding space for us to sharing our writing

every day in March.

Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty has quite the DMC this month. Click HERE to read this month’s interview with Nikki Grimes as she set a challenge of writing a golden shovel poem using a line from one of the poems in the post.

Read other Golden Shovel poems on the March 2018 padlet.

Some Words

Sitting by a fire on a

rainy afternoon. She rereads the poem

left on her doorstep between thunder. She wonders can

the scent of ginger tea turn

grey skies blue as the

cat watches the clock.

Some words can’t be taken back.

© jone rush macculloch


“Truth, by Tyrone Bittings” © 2018 Nikki Grimes, from BETWEEN THE LINES.

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5 Responses to SOLSC18 14/31: Some Words

  1. Ramona says:

    I’m in awe of your ability to write golden shovel poems. This one makes me wonder about the poem left on the doorstep between thunder (in an amazon box?).

  2. Very beautiful, Jone. A great image of an afternoon with a cat. THe best type of day.

  3. I could picture your character’s inner struggle so vividly with such few words.

    “She rereads the poem” and “Some words can’t be taken back” make me curious about her next move.

    I purchased Nikki’s collection of Golden Shovel poems and need to explore this more personally, so that I can share it with my fourth graders during a workshop unit on poetry.

    Thanks for the beautiful slice!

  4. Such a lovely and thought provoking golden shovel, Jone! I love the details that ground it—the fire, the rain, the ginger tea, the cat. Beautiful.

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