Poetry Friday: Green

Thanks to Jama at Jama’s Alphabet Soup for hosting all the Poetry Friday goodness today.

I returned to a kinder class a few weeks ago for a day of subbing. Since we had written animal sounds poems, I decided to use Joyce Sidman’s book, RED SINGS FROM TREETOPS, A YEAR IN COLORS. I try to have a sample of our poem project. This is what I shared with them.

Green by MsMac

Green sings a rock and roll song

Green tastes like pesto, mint, and limes

Green smells like the letter from my mother

Green because dragonflies dance in the moonlight

©jone rush macculloch, (draft, 2019)

The KINDER poems can be found at CHECK IT OUT.

PS. Have you seen the finished Progressive Poem for 2019? Here it is!

Endless Summer

Endless summer; I can see for miles…
Fun, fun, fun – and the whole world smiles.
No time for school- just time to play,
we swim the laughin’ sea each and every day.

You had only to rise, lean from your window,
the curtain opens on a portrait of today.
Kodachrome greens, dazzling blue,
it’s the chance of a lifetime,

make it last forever–ready? Set? Let’s Go!
Come, we’ll take a walk, the sun is shining down
Not a cloud in the sky, got the sun in my eyes
Tomorrow’s here. It’s called today.

Gonna get me a piece o’ the sky.
I wanna fly like an eagle, to the sea
and there’s a tiger in my veins.
Oh won’t you come with me waltzing the waves,
                                                       diving the deep?

It’s not easy to know
less than one minute old
we’re closer now than light years to go
To the land where the honey runs

…we can be anyone we want to be…
There’s no stopping curiosity.
What’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing
Looking for a sign of life

You’re simply the best
Hold my hand and we’ll be free
Have faith in you and the things you do
Multiply life by the power of two.

Let’s sway — under the moonlight, 
                                  this serious moonlight

And free we’ll be — we ‘re diving in. 
Gonna take a chance on summer!
Here is a list of each line’s source:L1 The Who, ‘I Can See for Miles’/The Beach Boys, ‘Endless Summer’
L2 The Beach Boys, ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’/Dean Martin, ‘When You’re Smiling’
L3 The Jamies, ‘Summertime, Summertime’
L4 The Doors, Summer’s Almost Gone’/Led Zeppelin ‘Good Times, Bad Times’
L5 Ray Bradbury, “Dandelion Wine”
L6 Joni Mitchell, “Chelsea Morning”
L7 Paul Simon, “Kodachrome,” “Dazzling Blue”
L8 Dan Fogelberg, “Run for the Roses”
L9 Spice Girls, “Wannabe”/Will Smith, “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”
L10 The Beatles, “Good Day Sunshine”
L11 The Carpenters, “Top of the World”
L12 Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Underneath the Lovely London Sky” from Mary Poppins Returns
L13 Carole King, “Hi-de-ho (That Old Sweet Roll)”
L14 Steve Miller, “Fly Like An Eagle”
L15 Don Felder, “Wild Life”
L16 Nowleen Leeroy, “Song of the Sea” (lullaby)
L17 Sara Bareilles, “She Used to Be Mine” from WAITRESS
L18 Stevie Wonder, “Isn’t She Lovely”
L19 R.E.M., “Find the River”
L20 Carole King, “Way Over Yonder”
L21 Mint Juleps, “Groovin” by the Young Rascals
L22 Jack Johnson, “Upside Down”
L23 Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson) “Rainbow Connection” from the Muppet Movie
L24 The Foo Fighters, “Learning to Fly”
L25 Tina Turner, “The Best”
L26 The Partridge Family, “Summer Days”
L27 The Pointer Sister’s, “We Are Family”
L28 Indigo Girls, “Power of Two”
L29 David Bowie, “Let’s Dance”
L30 Donna’s Song

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11 Responses to Poetry Friday: Green

  1. Red Sings is one of our favorites, but we haven’t written color poems yet in my Kindergarten class. Thanks for the reminder! — Christie

  2. maryleehahn says:

    Ahh…it’s SO good to have the world green again!

  3. cvarsalona says:

    Love this line in your poem, Jone: “Green because dragonflies dance in the moonlight”

  4. mbhmaine says:

    “Red Sings From Treetops” is one of my all-time favorites, and color poems are wonderful to write with children. I’m always surprised by how colors evoke so much emotion. Love your ending line!

  5. Kay Mcgriff says:

    I love all the green in your poem. I’m also enjoying the explosion of green that spring brings. Thanks for sharing the completed Progressive Poem. As usual, I stand in awe!

  6. I bet your poem (and art) was a hit the kinders, Jone! Off to see what they came up with.

  7. cweichel says:

    Love this green poem. I can see where younger students could go places with the pattern in this one.

  8. jama says:

    I think that’s my favorite of Joyce’s books, and green’s my favorite color. Love those fireflies dancing in the moonlight!

  9. lindabaie says:

    “Green because dragonflies dance in the moonlight”, wonderful. I bet those young ones loved it. Going over to see!

  10. A perfect green poem, Jone! I hope you’ll share what your kinders come up with.

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