Back when I was a kid . . . (when we walked 7 miles uphill to school...phoneless) Arbor Day was the “Earth” celebration. Come April 10th, paper-cup seedlings in hand we’d tromp outside to thank our planet by planting our baby trees or a collective tree (each student took a turn scooping in dirt)—or a flower. I should know, I wrote am entire--125 word--book about Arbor Day!
Since 1970, when Earth Day, a bigger, more expansive world-wide environmental “Movement” came into creation (take that J. Sterling Morton), Arbor Day has lost its popularity—but trees haven’t.
In the spirit of inclusivity, with a nod to Arbor Day on Earth Day, here we go:
Poetry Challenge #31
Hello Earth! It’s Me __________________ the Tree!
For this prompt, you’ll need a clean sheet of paper (kind of ironic, isn’t it) and something to write with (a No.2 pencil perhaps).
We’re going to create a Shape Poem about a tree. But not just any tree, the tree you’d like to be.
FYI: “A Shape Poem is a type of poetry that describes an object and is shaped the same as the object the poem is describing.”*
#1: Imagine Yourself as a Tree.
#2: Ask yourself what kind of tree are you? What do you look like? What’s your name?
#3: Draw a picture of YOU _____________ the Tree. As this is only a 7-minute prompt, make it a quick sketch (you can always embellish later).
Above your tree sketch, add the title:
Hello Earth! It’s Me ___your name here_____ the Tree.
Now, with You the Tree in mind, doodle words, phrases, questions, all around your tree’s roots, trunk, branches . . . add leaves, vines creatures.
And if you feel inspired, use those words to pencil a poem about You the Tree.
Or, heck, run outside and
Hug A Tree!
Climb A Tree!
Hang your poem from a tree!
*Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 750 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole dang poem. Scroll down and click on the comments!