What a treat it is to invite our immediate past Young People’s Poet Laureate, Margarita Engle, to our project! Margarita’s writing prompt is tied to the places we might be missing while we’re sheltering in place.
Margarita’s prompt is: Ode to the Shore
When I was a child, I touched this river near my mother’s hometown in Cuba. According to legend, anyone who touches it will always long to return.
Is there a shore that makes you nostalgic? Were there mysteries in the water, such as the manatees, sharks, crocodiles, and caymans of Cuba’s estuaries? Does it comfort you to remember times when travel to that place was easy?
Can you join me in believing that times of joyful travel to beloved shores will gradually return?
Let your Ode to the Shore flow like water!
Readers, you know I’m a fan of odes. Read about my ode workshop here for some tips on how to write today’s poem. Your goal is to draft your ode by the end of the day tomorrow, Saturday, April 11, 2020.
If you’re doing the #WaterPoemProject with a group, be sure to share or post your rough draft, read other people’s poems, and cheer for their efforts. Or leave your poem here, in the comments.
Margarita Engle is the Cuban American author of 30 books for children and teens, including the Newbery Honor-winning verse novel, The Surrender Tree, and Pura Belpré Award-winning verse memoir, Enchanted Air. She was the 2017-2019 Young People’s Poet Laureate. Her most recent book is With a Star in My Hand.
#WaterPoemProject Series Posts:
Prompt 1: Irene Latham, The Language of Water
Prompt 2: Elizabeth Steinglass, What Would a Raindrop Say?
Prompt 3: Linda Mitchell, Found Haiku
Prompt 4: Shari Green, Fogbow Fibonacci
Prompt 5: Margaret Simon, The Taste of Water
Prompt 6: Heather Meloche, The Shape of a Wave
Prompt 7: Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, A Water Memory
Prompt 8: Laura Shovan, Rainy Day Opposites
Prompt 9: Kathryn Apel, Silly Solage
Prompt 10: Buffy Silverman, A Watery Home
Prompt 11: Kara Laughlin, Frozen Fog
Prompt 12: Debbie Levy, Jump into a Limerick
Prompt 13: Joy McCullough, What Are Water Bears?
Prompt 14: Linda Baie, Frozen Water Skinny
Prompt 15: Chris Baron, The Hidden World of Water
Prompt 16: Michelle Heidenrich Barnes, Water Wordplay
Prompt 17: Susan Tan, The Sound of Water
Prompt 18: Mike Grosso, Waterplay!
Prompt 19: R. L. Toalson, Wishing Well
Prompt 20: Margarita Engle, Ode to the Shore
Prompt 21: Faye McCray, Poem in a Bubble
Prompt 22: Meg Eden, Surprising Connections
Please support the #WaterPoemProject authors by buying their books from your favorite independent bookstore.