Two poems to capture today:
Report cards finished
Time for a long winter’s nap
My words are all gone.
at its bottom
all things are visible
– Kiyoko Tokutomi (Japanese poet 1928-2002)
That little gem can be found here:
(Asian Arts and Crafts for Creative Kids: Haiku, by Patricia Donegan)
This book is fantastic for teachers who want to offer kids a much deeper understanding of an often poorly taught poetic form. There are cool art/poetry project ideas in this book, and Donegan has plenty of practical suggestions for getting kids to write better haiku. Plus, lots of haiku – new and old – by poets and kids alike.
(FYI – it’s part of a series of books about Asian crafts. There is one on Ikebana and another on the Tea Ceremony… curious…)
Asian Arts and Crafts for Curious Kids: Haiku is published by Tuttle.