A Child Can Be … + The Poetry Friday Roundup


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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.


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.)

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.

See more poems in my poetry video library.

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