Friday, November 01, 2013

Poetry Friday: Leaf Hurricane

Flickr Creative Commons photo by Paul Stevenson

LEAF HURRICANE

Clouds darken
Wind gusts
leaves swirl
I twirl

          My wild spinning dance
          Is magic to me
          I dance with the wind
          I dance with the leaves

Rain spits
wind gusts
leaves swirl
I twirl
   
          I dance with the wind
          I dance with the leaves
          With every spin
          My spirit flies free

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2013


This poem was inspired by the children who danced yesterday (all recess long) in the leaf hurricane that forms on the playground in the corner by the cafeteria and art room windows.

Linda has the Poetry Friday roundup at TeacherDance this week. Have another handful of candy corn, and head on over for the after-Halloween party.


20 comments:

  1. My spirit flies free - yes! Isn't that enough reason to dance, with or without leaves?! Thank you for sharing, Mary Lee!

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  2. What a swirl of fun. Love the image of kids dancing with the leaves.

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  3. Go kids! I love it when leaves dance on the breeze!

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  4. Love your leaf hurricane, and especially these lines:

    I dance with the wind
    I dance with the leaves

    I can see those kids on your playground!

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  6. The wind is blowing here--and the leaves and rain! I love this time of year, and hope to dance in the leaves this weekend. I will think of your poetry, as I marvel at the leaves. I love where the inspiration came for this poem--children enjoying the outdoors and the beauty of nature.

    Happy November to you, Mary Lee!

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  7. I love the way you led up to those lovely last lines.

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  8. I love the image of children dancing with the leaves.

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  9. I love that the dance is "magic to me." A refreshing lack of inhibition!

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  10. I want to spin in the swirling leaves! Fabulous images of childhood joy. Thank you, Mary Lee. =)

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  11. So happy you and the children danced with the leaves, Mary Lee. What a joy-filled poem. We had that wind-driven kind of day too yesterday. Thank you!

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  12. Wonderful! I like the placement of your stanzas on the page / screen too. it adds to the feeling of movement.

    Violet N.

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  13. This has been a week of whirling and swirling leaves in Colorado too. On Wednesday, I watched the sixth grade girls play, just like this. I'm going to print this out and show it to them on Monday. I love those last two lines!

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  14. I love he way you captured the spirit of the children AND the leaves...

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  15. What a beautiful image you've captured!

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  16. The repetition sings beautifully as the new lines twirl about the page. Wonderful rhythm.

    Cathy

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  17. Mary Lee, I'm posting Mortimer's Minute for Poetry Friday this coming week, and I'm looking for someone to tag - Would you like to participate? Email me directly or leave a comment at my blog to let me know. Thanks! For an example, here's Bridget's post when she tagged me:
    http://www.weewordsforweeones.blogspot.com/2013/10/mortimer-minute-for-poetry-friday.html

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  18. Hi, Mary Lee--

    I'll be sharing this poem with my Sophia, who goes out every day at our break time and becomes a tornado, whether there's wind or leaves or not!

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  19. Love it! I remember dancing with the leaves as a girl! Nice repeated refrain slightly changed up!

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