Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A Budding Little Poet

My 8yr old dear daughter wrote this poem last week. The form isn't so great, but that will come in time. Her word choice impresses me as well as the ideas presented in the poem. I like it because it reveals she was inspired by her schoolbooks and our conversations about character and the marks of a hero or heroine. She is always writing little poems and leaving them around the house in tied up scrolls. I come behind and find them, chide her for not putting them in her poetry journal and then sneak and record them on my computer.

I've heard the battleship's horn
The galley slaves mourn
But this sound is the saddest of all
The soldier's cry
The tear upon his eye
Darkness dulls the light

I'm Edward, son of the sky
And here's what I say to you
When the darkness comes in
Like a flood
Don't be afraid
The bitter comes afore the sweet.

Can you tell from this poem that 1) we recently watched Ben Hur 2) she is studying the Civil War 3) that our family has many discussions about the battle between darkness and Light 4) recently she learned the riddle that Samson told in the Bible about the honeycomb 5) she listened to her older sister narrate from Churchill's Birth of Britain about King Edward?


  1. Wow! Thanks for sharing - this is encouraging :)


  2. Oh I can just see that in a little scroll. It gave me chills. Fantastic!I am so impressed.

  3. She did a really wonderful, impressive job with that poem! You would never guess that it was written by a child.

    Great job!


  4. Excellent!
    I am tagging you.
    'Seven Things...'

  5. That is a wonderful poem!

    I keep reading it and am amazed that an 8 year old could write something so tender.

    You have given me visions for what my soon to be 6 year old may become!!

    Hope you are having a good day.
    Take care,

  6. What a poem! I don't think I could have written one as well! Seriously. I am one of those struggling to learn to appreciate poetry in my old age.

    I know you have already been nominated, but I couldn't resist nominating you again for the Thinking Blogger Award. I so appreciate your blog and always look forward to new posts.


  7. shari26.4.07

    I have throughly enjoyed your reading your blog have read your dictation/spelling and copywork/handwriting articles with great enjoyment. Thank you for your thoughtful explanations into these to areas that I couldn't seem to get my mind around. I have a question. My son is 8 and we are just starting cursive writing, how do I implement copywork? When he does copywork in printing I can require a few sentences of perfect work, however in cursive this would be opressive. Could you address this trasition time?

    Thank you

  8. Shari, That's a good question. I learned through trial and error. I'll try to post about this next week.