I wrote a baseball poem sort of, thanks to Jane Phelan, who borrowed this prompt from Nancie Atwell. It’s a good one that reminds me a little of book spine poetry.
Take your kids to the library and ask them to pull 5-6 interesting books from the shelves. Don’t open them (yet). Just stack them, then create a poem with the titles.
The titles I picked were… The Great American Baseball Stats Book, The Great American Guide to Baseball, Something More, The Courage to Be Rich, Mindless Eating, and The Children’s Dictionary. Here’s my poem:
Did the author of
The Great American Baseball Stats Book
have the courage to be rich?
Was this book,
(certainly used and
under The Great American Guide to Baseball,
into the stacks of a
loft of a
bookstore called “Matter”)
the sure thing that would be his something more?
Or is he given now to mindless eating,
gorging daily on hot dogs and roasted peanuts
and buckets of warm beer,
cheering from the cheap seats
of the cool basement
at the game that is now his life,
and wishing that he had
catalogued a more useful thing,
for a children’s dictionary,
morsels more spare and