We are writing poems at Ethical ELA’s Open Write for June, and I have the privilege of leading the prompts for the first three days. Here is Day 3’s prompt.
Today we are going to choose a mentor poem to help us craft. These mentors can come from anywhere you have read them, but I’d like to encourage you to choose a mentor from a writing community you are a part of–with students, peers, colleagues, or someone here in the Ethical ELA community. For those who have been writing poems with Ethical ELA, I know you have been inspired by fellow teacher-poets in this group. Today I chose a poem by Stacey Joy that struck me. Stacey wrote a sweet and beautiful poem called Love…. I was touched with the beauty and simplicity of her lines of similes.
Your love is tender
Enveloping like a patchwork quilt
Deep love like a poem
Sweet love like butter cookies
Golden love like sunshine
An agape kind of love
© Stacey L. Joy, April 24, 2021
Used with permission by the poet. All rights reserved.
Look back in your memory for poems or poets that have touched you from this or other writing communities. Find a mentor you want to use and be inspired.
- Write a poem with your mentor’s poem as a guide. Go back to the prompts and poems from Saturday, Sunday, last April or anytime to find a mentor. Choose your own topic and try using their form.
- Try choosing a poem from today’s offerings that inspires you. You will be writing a third-generation inspired poem!
- Instead of a full form mentor, choose just one favorite line from another poem and incorporate that into your own poem.
- Use Stacey’s mentor form on your own topic. Here is a form to use for her “Love…” poem.
- Please share a link or information about the mentor poem/poet you found, so we can enjoy your inspiration too.
- As usual, feel free to write anything you need to today.
Denise’s Original Poem
Your alcohol is wounding
burying our family
in a wet shroud
Penetrating alcohol like the coyote’s yip-howl
Bountiful alcohol like a wake of vultures at dusk
Choking alcohol like a heart attack
A ravaging kind of alcohol
©Denise Krebs, April 24, 2021
Come on over to the Ethical ELA site and join us today. Or add a link to your poem in the comments section.