A Poem about Trees
Julie Brown teaches English 11 AP, Journalism, Cinema Study, and Creative Writing at Bolingbrook High School, Bolingbrook, Illinois. I matched her untitled poem with one of my photos to create a page from my upcoming work, Reflections: A Collection of Poems, Photos, and More. I added the quotation that precedes the poem.
This book is designed to inspire class discussion that leads to written compositions. Feel free to download this combination for use in your classroom. By the way, you can click on the photo to enlarge it.
"I like trees because they seem to be more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do." Willa Cather
every year, it's always the same
the brown, rough statues stand tall
feet firmly planted in the ground
hoping to grow, reaching the sky
just out of grasp
then come the pesky green dots
spots of color--until mid-spring
then they are in full force
waving, swinging, attracting attention
the trees just sigh and stand
by autumn, they've had enough
they start to burn the leaves off
slowly, one by one
green to yellow to red to brown
as they fall, the trees regret
winter's here and they've lost their coats.
Photo Copyright © 2010 by Hank Kellner
Poem Copyright © 2010 by Julie Brown
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