Happy National Poetry Month! Today, I’m sharing poems from Ms. Emily Dickinson in a lovely edition of Poetry for Young People. Edited by Frances Schoonmaker Bolin & Illustrated by Chi Chung.
I hope you enjoyed watching & listening to my readings of Ms. Dickinson’s poems. She wrote about ordinary life in extraordinary, imaginative ways! Bringing light to life, I love the hope in her poems. Did they inspire you to go find and read poems on your own or to your children? I hope so. Maybe they will even stir you to write your own poems. 🙂
Thank you for stopping by Space to Dream and I wish you a wonderful spring day! -Stacie
Happy National Poetry Month! Throughout April, I hope you notice the light being shone upon poetry where you live, in classrooms, and in the media. I am excited to see the beautiful, inspiring, whimsical & funny poems that this month brings. I will be posting each week with a different kind of poem; my intention is to share both children’s and adult poetry with varying themes and forms. There are so many different ways that poetry can look & feel – and all are worth exploring! Today, I will start with the poetry that first fascinated me & still keeps my heart today – inspirational, magical children’s poetry. As a mother, I can now experience it anew with my children.
My daughter loves art of all kinds. We have bins bulging full of colored pencils, markers, crayons and paints – sketching pads, note pads, papers of all colors, shapes and sizes. Her drawings are often of rainbows, family members, friends, school, playgrounds, animals – real things that she has seen, touched and experienced. People she loves. But lately, her drawings feature magical creatures. Here is her drawing, and my poem for today.
There she stands beauty, white as snow cascading mane upon her neck her satiny purple eyes aglow. There she stands high upon a mountaintop next to a rainbow shining in its colourful light. There she stands glorious creature of the clouds holding her head high proud to be alive and free! There she stands a symbol for those who believe letting those who do see the magic she beholds. There she stands making wishes comes true and people into believers for she is a Unicorn.
Copyright Stacie Eirich April 3, 2017
Originally posted March 28, 2016
Seeing her drawing and reading the poem I wrote, I am reminded how children remind us of the magic all around us, if only we allow ourselves to see and believe. Reading, writing, poetry, music – the arts – offer so many ways to enrich our souls and cultivate creativity. I hope that my daughter will always have a love of creating, of dreaming, and mostly that she’ll never stop believing in magic – and in herself.
To celebrate National Poetry Month in April 2016, I published a collection titled Canvas of Imagination: Poems. It includes Unicorn plus 15 other poems I wrote in my childhood. Available on Amazon for $0.99 – I hope it inspires kids & teens to read, write, and seek out more poetry.
On Thursday, April 6th, I’ll be sharing a post celebrating children’s poetry over at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads. Toads is a lovely online community of poets who share their passion for poetry, and this month there will be posts featuring original poems & writing prompts every day. Do go and visit to be inspired!
Thanks for stopping by Space to Dream. Have a wonderful day. 🙂 -Stacie
p.s. Below is a beautiful video, a spoken word poem that expresses the wonder of a child and encourages adults to recapture that wonder. Never stop wondering, imagining, & dreaming! This is the heart of children’s poetry.