A Child Can Be … + The Poetry Friday Roundup

September 12, 2014 60 Comments by Renee M. LaTulippe

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Welcome…

to the Poetry Friday roundup! I’m doing a self-service linky list today, so please add your link and description to the list at the end of the post.

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So… you’ve caught me in a mushy mamma moment.

On Monday, my little guys will be off to preschool for the very first time and I’m all a-flutter about it. I’m thrilled for them, but I can’t seem to contain those escaping sighs. I’ve been spending some wistful moments with the baby pictures and thinking about all the little things that make up these two very different boys.

And then the other day, Laura Purdie Salas shared her Can Be… Nonfiction Project for Schools on her blog, and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head.

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Modeled on her gorgeous books A Leaf Can Be… and Water Can Be…, the project guides students in writing their own Can Be… books — and I thought it would be the perfect way to write about my mamma thoughts. So here are the couplets I jotted down tonight at chorus rehearsal, with thanks (and possibly apologies) to Laura for the inspiration. (Click to enlarge.)

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These are fun! I could go on forever, and probably will add more couplets as they come to me. And it just dawned on me that Laura’s Can Be… project is also a great tool for adult writers. If you have a poem or story topic you’d like to explore, I highly recommend giving your own Can Be… list a try.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I only have 72-ish hours left before my little fellers leave me, so I must go finish sighing on the fainting couch.

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Now bring on the poetry links!

 

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“A Child Can Be…” © 2014 Renee M. LaTulippe, after a writing exercise developed by Laura Purdie Salas

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52 Comments

  1. Robyn Hood Black
    3 years ago

    Oh, Renee, bless you and your family! What an exciting, heart-catching time for everyone. Thanks for sharing those adorable and clever couplets – and thanks to Laura for inspiring them!

    Happy Fall. (I’m welcoming it with Shelley in the links up there- http://www.robynhoodblack.com/blog.htm?post=969298)

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  2. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
    3 years ago

    Renée, Renée, Renée… you just succeeded in filling my heart with warm, lovey, mush. Perfect before bedtime. <3 LOVE!

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  3. Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
    3 years ago

    Sniff! May this bittersweet threshold be an opening to all kinds of unexpected enchantment, for your little guys and you too. Your poem is a melter, and I love that it was inspired by this time and by Laura’s great books. I have 2 posts today – one at The Poem Farm and one at Sharing Our Notebooks – both welcoming the wonderful Irene Latham! Happy PF, and have fun welcoming them home. xo

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  4. Heidi
    3 years ago

    Are those the actual little guys?! How fun to see them fueling up for new adventures at preschool. May their teachers appreciate all that you have helped them become! (And check out my baby, aiming at adulthood in my post. Wasn’t she three last week?)

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  5. April Halprin Wayland
    3 years ago

    Sweet Water Renee! (The sweet water is the inevitable tears…)

    Pretty soon you’ll have too much testosterone around the house–so enjoy those two dinosaurs roaring now!

    Love your poem…and Laura’s prompt. AND her poetry. AND Yours!!!

    At TeachingAuthors.com, we’re giving away one personally autographed copy of Goldie Takes A Stand, by Barbara Krasner.

    Barbara, by the way, was the semi-finalist in the 2013 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. We’ve linked to one of her poems, “Circle of Life”, on a site which invites poets and authors to submit their work about all-things Jewish.

    My post will be up Friday morning.
    <3

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  6. Myra from GatheringBooks
    3 years ago

    Hi there Renee, thank you so much for hosting this week. Love Laura’s Can Be prompt – and your own mamma poem: the after-work greeter is so true for me. 🙂

    For Poetry Friday at GatheringBooks, we will be sharing poems that are in keeping with universes, the stars, the moon, the skies, the heavens, the cosmos from September-October. I did a bit of book hunting from my own bookshelves, and I rediscovered a picturebook that I bought several years back written by Pat Mora and illustrated by Steve Jenkins “This Big Sky” now up on the site. 🙂

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  7. Laura Purdie Salas
    3 years ago

    Oh my gosh. I feel blessed (and I don’t usually say mushy stuff like that) reading your Can Be… piece! I always suggest to teachers that A Kid Can Be… makes a great classroom group poem. (See page 4 of my teaching guide for Leaf here: http://www.laurasalas.com/pdfs/Leaf/Leaf_TG.pdf)

    But I haven’t actually ever seen a parent use this template to write about her kids, and this made me a little teary-eyed myself. My youngest is going off to Scotland for six months on Wednesday–and I’ve got all sorts of Can Be… lines floating through my head now. Thank you. The table-fort dweller and brother’s bear abductor lines felt so close to home. :>)

    I’m in with an excerpt of my current project, WHAT’S INSIDE, at http://www.laurasalas.com/blog/books/whats-inside-egg-pf/

    Thanks for hosting, and thanks again for sharing this!

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  8. Linda Baie
    3 years ago

    Oh I’ve read about so many people in their different ‘goodbye’ stages, off to college, my granddaughter off to kindergarten. Big steps no matter which age you’re talking about. Your boys are so cute, and I love what you did with ‘A Child Can Be’, plus sharing Laura’s lessons with her books. Wonderful! Thanks for hosting!

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  9. Becky Shillington
    3 years ago

    I love your poem, Renee! My twin boys just started middle school a few weeks ago, and I have had some mushy mama moments myself recently! You are right to cherish every second of this precious time–it goes by way too fast. = )

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  10. Jone
    3 years ago

    Bittersweet and yet savor the moment. Thank you for hosting today.

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  11. Carol Varsalona
    3 years ago

    Renee, thank you for hosting and presenting us with a delightful original poem about your boys. It honors their characters. My offering today is a coupling of a student poem and my reflective thoughts about 9/11. My hometown ranked high in the casualties so each year brings thoughts of the horrific day.

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  12. Lorie Ann Grover
    3 years ago

    Love your couplet poem! Thanks for hosting and sharing. xox

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  13. Julie Larios
    3 years ago

    Oh, Renee, I remember those sighs! And I remember my youngest son’s first day of kindergarten, when I was feeling a little teary, and he squeezed my hand goodbye and said, “I’ll worry about you, Mom…”
    🙂
    Over at The Drift Record, I have a link to three poems by Josephine Jacobsen, quoted in an essay I wrote for Numero Cinq magazine. Here’s the URL (and if it looks foreign, that’s because I’m on vacation in Oaxaca and my iPad is temporarily locating my IPS in Mexico!):
    http://julielarios.blogspot.mx/2014/09/poetry-friday-josephine-jacobsen-poets.html

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  14. Mary Lee Hahn
    3 years ago

    Thanks for hosting! LOVE your couplets!!

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  15. Catherine
    3 years ago

    “Enormous heart filler(s)” is exactly right. Thanks so much for hosting, Renee!

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  16. Laura Shovan
    3 years ago

    Hi, Renee. Preschool is such a huge step! I’ll join you on the fainting couch. This year, my teens are both in high school and away from home much of the day. Sigh.

    Tabatha Yeatts-Lonske is guest blogging at AuthorAmok today. Her entry in my Summer Reads: Chapter & Verse series is a pairing of the MG historical novel THE BOOK OF THE MAIDSERVANT with a poem by Barbara Crooker, “Listen.”

    http://authoramok.blogspot.com/2014/09/summer-reads-chapter-verse-book-of.html

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  17. Donna Smith
    3 years ago

    Your “A child can be” really speaks for a lot of parents out there. Beautifully done! I loved each and every line.

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  18. jama
    3 years ago

    Love your heartfelt couplets, Renee. It’s always wonderful to learn more about your beautiful boys! Happy first day of pre-school to them.

    Thank you for hosting this week!

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  19. Tabatha
    3 years ago

    Thanks for hosting, Renee! I love “sighing on the fainting couch” and will have to use that myself sometime 🙂 Your boys look very charming, I hope they enjoy preschool! Right now we are visiting my oldest at college for family weekend. Time really does fly by!

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  20. Diane Mayr
    3 years ago

    Don’t spend too much time on that fainting couch, you might find you like the opportunity to nap!

    Enjoy your boys now–by time they go off to high school, you’ll be lucky if get to see for more than 2 minutes a day!

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  21. Iza Trapani
    3 years ago

    What a heart-filling poem, Renee! A little something you jotted down during rehearsal? Geez, you just never cease to amaze.
    I have a copy of a leaf can be and look forward to getting Water Can be. Such beautiful books!

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  22. Irene Latham
    3 years ago

    Dear Renee – what a lovely way to commemorate this milestone in your parenting life! Enjoy those boys… and write more poems. 🙂 xo

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  23. Janet Wong
    3 years ago

    How about sending “A Child Can Be” to a parenting magazine . . . on Monday when the boys are at preschool? Think of all the writing you’ll be able to do now!!!

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    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      3 years ago

      True, Janet! And I do have quite a few poems waiting to see the light of day, so maybe this is my chance. 🙂

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  24. Teresa Robeson
    3 years ago

    You’re so funny, Renee, pretending to be a drama queen about the whole preschool thing! 😀 I loved Laura’s books and I loved your take on them with your poem. Once my brain is less fuzzy, I will take you up on your challenge to explore a topic in the same format.

    Hope your cuties enjoy their preschool adventure, and hugs for you, mama! xo

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  25. Sylvia Liu
    3 years ago

    Renee, someone once said about raising kids, “The days are long, but the years are short.” Enjoy every last minute of this weekend, and then enjoy some free time on Monday. What a wonderful poem!

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    • Wendy Greenley
      3 years ago

      I loved Renee’s poem and then read your perfect comment, Sylvia. Thank you both for sharing a smile this morning. 🙂

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    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      3 years ago

      I agree with Wendy — that is a perfect quote. Thank you, Sylvia!

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  26. Catherine Johnson
    3 years ago

    Oh Renee, that’s adorable! Best wishes to your littlies and you!

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  27. Marjorie (MWD)
    3 years ago

    Gorgeous poem, Renée – and a special moment. So are they wearing a ‘grembuillino’? I was disappointed that A. had a little tracksuit for his uniform at Scuala Materna and so never wore one!

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    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      3 years ago

      No, Marjorie, this preschool doesn’t use the color-coded over-shirts. I did get them grembiuli for painting. Otherwise, the teacher told us to dress them in old, tatty clothes! 🙂

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  28. Sylvia Vardell
    3 years ago

    I agree– your “Child Can Be” along with adorable photo is so special! Thanks for sharing. So glad you are savoring these wonderful (exhausting) moments with your boys!

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  29. Robyn Campbell
    3 years ago

    Renee, love, love, love! Filled my heart with such squishy soft, feel good mush. I homeschool so never went through this, but reading that poem made me go through it in my heart. I know this weekend (and everyday) your home will be filled with laughter. That’s just who you are. Love the poem. It’s perfect. xoxo

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  30. Joanna
    3 years ago

    Gorgeous poem.

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  31. Bridget Magee
    3 years ago

    Beautiful poem, Renee! I especially love the line: “brother’s bear abductor” – too funny. This poem would be wonderful to pull out in a few years to share with your boys. Thank you for my smiling heart today.

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  32. Tricia
    3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your poem and thoughts about your boys. They do grow up far too quickly.

    Today I’m sharing a favorite poem by J. Patrick Lewis.
    http://missrumphiuseffect.blogspot.com/2014/09/poetry-friday-gray-of-day.html

    Thanks too for hosting!
    Best,
    Tricia

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  33. Janet Squires
    3 years ago

    My selection is “My America: a Poetry Atlas of the United States” selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Stephen Alcorn.

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  34. Cathy Ballou Mealey
    3 years ago

    I feel your mushy momma moment, but I know they will soon bring home stories from preschool that will have you rolling on the floor with laughter!

    Love your couplets.

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  35. Karen Edmisten
    3 years ago

    Aw, we’re all allowed our mushy mama moments! So sweet! And Laura’s books are so gorgeous.

    All the best to you and your little guys!

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  36. Matt Forrest
    3 years ago

    Any parent can immediately identify with these…well done, Renee! So fun, yet so honest.

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  37. Karen Edmisten
    3 years ago

    p.s.
    I loved:

    a deep sleep depriver

    🙂

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  38. Patricia Toht
    3 years ago

    What a great combination you and Laura are, Renee! I love the “brother’s bear abductor”! Mushy momma moments can be both sweet and sorrowful and definitely plentiful on the road of raising our children. Your boys are lucky to have you capture it all in your poetry.

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  39. Julie Rowan-Zoch
    3 years ago

    LOVE ‘table-fort dweller! I guess it takes one! Hang in there, Mama!

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  40. Anastasia
    3 years ago

    What a sweet moment. Enjoy your little ones!

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  41. Doraine Bennett
    3 years ago

    Did you know that something physiological actually happens when you sigh loudly? So, deep breath, start up high and sigh your way down a few octaves! Lots of sighs! Enjoy.

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  42. Ramona
    3 years ago

    The years fly by so fast. Your couplets took me back 25+ years to the wonderful preschool years at our house. Thanks for including the picture of your little guys – they are adorable! Now I’m off to check out Laura’s Can Be project. Thanks for hosting today. Squeezing in late, but it’s still Friday in the Northwest.

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  43. Erik - TKRB
    3 years ago

    Buona fortuna, Ms. Latulippe! 😉 Great poem! 😀

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  44. Keri Collins Lewis
    3 years ago

    Thank you for hosting and sharing your heart with us, Renee! Such a thrilling time — they grow so quickly and learn so much at this age!

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  45. B.J.Lee
    3 years ago

    What will you do with your free time I wonder? 🙂 adorable boys! Adorable poem!

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  46. Penny Parker Klostermann
    3 years ago

    I’m jumping on that quote of Sylvia’s too. “The days are long, but the years are short.” That is sooooo true.
    Love your couplets! At first I read “round pebble kicker” as round pebble licker (I was on my iPhone) and it made perfect sense to me!

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  47. Tina Cho
    3 years ago

    That’s such a poignant poem! Love it! How neat to be inspired by Laura!

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  48. elegantbabyinvitations
    2 months ago

    Really? They do really not look fantastic at Not bad, by any means, but the lighting is pretty weird looking and very inconsistent

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