Winter Writing—2015

| January 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Writing Ideas for the New Year

Write a poem to the new year: what would you like to see happen in 2015?

Write a poem about your birthday—the start of your own new year, your traditions, the time of year you were born. You could ask your family members what they remember about the day you were born. Celebrate yourself!

My new year begins each year on my birthday in September. Here is a poem I wrote:

My New Year

Never in January—
born in September so
I am new when leaves
dance into red suits
and pumpkins plump
and new sneakers squeak.

New like fall’s harvest moon,
all golden promises in the sky.
new like a friend in 5th grade
and the promises we made.
new like the first secret of the year,
the blank pages in my notebook,
the teachers I loved
and sometimes feared
(if you know what I mean).

Turn over a new leaf,
the saying goes.
Sometimes though,
I miss the old one.
Don’t you?

Still, I am new now.
new to you.
new to me.
I hope new is what
I will always be
so I don’t miss
the last sunflower
the first football game
figuring out math
and learning new friends’ names
and by the way
what’s new
with you
And here are two birthday poems. The first one I wrote on my 11th birthday, many years ago:

Dear Diary
Today is my birthday.
I had lots of fun.
We had a hula hoop contest
and Anna Mae Meyer won.

The prize
was a hula hoop.
She liked it very much
she didn’t have one.

Rachel Guido deVries
(age 11)
And here is one by Dr. Suess:

If we didn’t have birthdays,
you wouldn’t be you.
If you’d never been born,
well then what would you do?
If you’d never been born,
well then what would you be?
You might be a fish!
Or a toad in a tree!
You might be a doorknob!
Or three baked potatoes!
You might be a bag full of
hard green tomatoes. Or worse than all that…
Why, you might be a WASN’T!
A Wasn’t has no fun at all.
No, he doesn’t.
A Wasn’t just isn’t. He just
isn’t present. But you…
And, now isn’t that pleasant!

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