today we picked spring: Slice of Life #30

today we picked spring: Slice of Life #30


march 29

today we picked spring

we went walking to be in it and there it was

we gathered and collected

words, images

and pieces of the world we happened by 


there was the sun- warm and everywhere

clouds dusted the sky

“like spirits of someone that knew us,” said one boy

“they’re just white,” said another

the sky that we see is the bluest of blue

we all said that


some trees have white blossoms and some have pink

flowers in the trees and flowers on the ground

“why is that anyway?” we wondered


there were dandelions and daisies

and someone to teach us how to weave daisy chains

we wore them as braclets or twisted into our hair

we found tulips so red

but nobody found roses

even though we wanted them in our poems

(some put them there anyway)

(because you can imagine too)


the grass is so green

not like always

today we are poets and it glows for us


soft wind

sweet air

cold mountains

loud crows

words line up

two by two

and the trees sing

as we race beneath them


*I bought When Green Becomes Tomatoes Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Julie Morstad This poem is inspired by about two minutes of skimming through that beautiful, beautiful book (can’t wait to sit and savour each poem in more detail) and an afternoon of gathering up spring and writing simple spring poems with my students. I placed many of their images into this poem about our walk and writing experience.

We used a frame and a two by two format so finished poems were just 9 words long.

A few samples:

Grateful for

cold wind

hot sun

seeds grow


by Khalid


Grateful for

blue sky

chirping birds

breezy air


By Noah


Grateful for

Daisy gardens

wind dances

trees sing


By Amira


Grateful for

muddy dirt

wind storms

soaking rain


By Sahara

When Green Becomes Tomaoties

Bad Irony: Slice of Life

I am participating in the Slice of Life challenge to write and publish a post every day in March.

Slice of Life is hosted by Two Writing Teachers. I thank them for the community they provide. Read more slices here.

21 thoughts on “today we picked spring: Slice of Life #30

  1. I just love your spring poem! Thank you for the book rec and for sharing your process for writing with your kids. I felt like I was right there on that walk with your class!

  2. Carrie,
    Queen of Books! I thank you for sharing this new title. I want to check it out myself. I love the poems your students wrote! The two by two form is a great frame. Your work inspires me!

  3. I just got the Fogliano book, wonderful to read and see! This sounds like an extraordinary day, Carrie. How can that be? Because of their teacher! “like spirits of someone that knew us,” It doesn’t get any better!

  4. What a beautiful way to explore spring in your world! I loved your poem created from the students’ noticings and words. Then the students’ poems just were the frosting on the cake. I loved every bit of this post, but mostly because it was pieced together with love from the teacher to the students.

  5. I have When Green Becomes Tomatoes on my nightstand. It’s a treasure! And the student poems – so fun! Please tell Khalid that I loved his “seeds grow” line. And Noah’s “breezy air,”
    And Amira’s “wind dances.” And Sahara’s “muddy dirt.” Thanks for sharing.

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