A High School Student Describes the Mature Years
William J. Small is Karen Topham's student at Lake Forest High School, Lake Bluff, Illinois. I matched his poem with one of my photos to create a page in my upcoming collection, Reflections: A Collection of Poems, Photos, and More. Then I added the quotation by Emily Bronte to help students generate ideas for their writing. Feel free to download this and other poems and photos in this blog for use in your classrooms.
Small's poem is just one of more than 130 others included in Reflections along with carefully selected photos. The work includes not only poems and photos by students, but also contributions by teachers and other writer-photographers. You can see more samples at www.starteaching.com. Click on "Latest Issue November."
"Every leaf speaks bliss to me./Fluttering from the autumn tree." -Emily Bronte
Self-Identification in the Crinkling of Fall
The light glazes the treetops
A crisp crinkling ripple in my ear
I splash in the wind,
I grasp for the aftertaste of the moment,
Left behind by the blink of my eye
Like a mossy rock it slips through my mind
Deeper and deeper away
In a crescendo it once again erupts
As I feel the light shivering of the grass,
Against my restful body
I spin along with the Earth
As it tells me all its secrets
Of love, lost, and etc.
The only sounds trickle from a sparrow
Scatter from a squirrel
Tickle from a falling leaf
To create a stream of sounds
Bring change and beauty, as I grow old!
And now as I bath in the angst of coming maturity
I pray to resemble the subtle whispery kisses of you.
-William J. Small
Poem Copyright © 2010 by William J. Small
Photo Copyright©2010 by Hank Kellner
Write What You See and Prufrock Press
Published by Cottonwood Press in 2009, Write What You See: 99 Photos To Inspire Writing by Hank Kellner is now marketed by Prufrock Press, http://www.prufrock.com. This thought-provoking collection contains photographs and a wide variety of inventive writing prompts to motivate students.
Written by a veteran of the Korean War and retired educator who has served as an English Department supervisor and adjunct associate professor of English at the community college level, Write What you See includes a CD-Rom and a special section telling how teachers nationwide use photos to inspire writing. 118 pages, 8 1/2 X 11, Softbound, ISBN 978-1-877673-83-2, Grades 7-12, $24.95