Mary Lee Hahn, whose sweet Twitter profile says, “5th grade teacher, reader, blogger, poet-in-training,” is retiring. Congratulations, Mary Lee! Thank you for all the beautiful poetry “training” you share publicly. Children and teachers alike have been blessed with your learning, writing, and teaching through poetry.
Recently Mary Lee wrote an onomatopoeia poem called “Sleigh Ride.” Here is the first stanza:
say the runners
sliding through the snow
It is a great form for using as a mentor to write about the sounds in a setting, so I share this poem in honor of Mary Lee; I wrote it today while my husband tinkered and made noise in the kitchen.
Keith Makes Healthy Pudding
Says the refrigerator door
Opening for ingredients sweet
Burble, splish, splash
Says the water
Cascading over coming treats
Rattle, clash, grind, hum
Says the blender
Pulverizing nuts and berries
Rap, tap, clackety clack
Says the stainless steel dish
Filling with the dessert it carries
Slurp, yum, delicious
Says watching-and-listening me,
All the best to you, Mary Lee, in your retirement. Of course, I know you will continue your poetry training, writing and sharing, as the lifelong learner, creator and contributor that you are. Here are Mary Lee’s blogs: A Year of Reading and Poetrepository.
Thank you to Christie Wyman for hosting Poetry Friday today, a party honoring Mary Lee Hahn, at her Wondering and Wandering blog. And happy birthday to you today, Christie!