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Saturday, 4 April 2020

It’s Day 14 of our #WaterPoemProject — 30 days of water-themed poetry prompts from your favorite children’s authors.

If you’re looking for National Poetry Month writing prompts, we’ve got you covered. Start with Day 1 and you’ll have poetry prompts from now through the end of April.

New to this project? Please read the Introduction and FAQ. Or you can watch this video of me describing how to participate. It’s on the YouTube channel Authors Everywhere.

I’m so pleased that educator and Poetry Friday Linda Baie is in charge of today’s writing prompt. Linda and I have known each other for many years, but didn’t meet in person until this past February, when I visited Denver, Colorado.

Linda’s poetry prompt is: Hurrah for Frozen Water!

Have you ever written a Skinny before? It is a short poetry form invented by a wonderful Maryland poet named Truth Thomas. Read more about the Skinny here.

Linda has a model Skinny for us to check out:

a skinny

Sometimes an Oreo –
simple
survival
ignore
calories
simple
crunch
beloved
grit
simple
fight for the last one

Linda Baie ©

Linda says, “I love writing Skinny poems because they can deliver images and feelings with a few words. If you want to share about something you love whether it’s food or something in nature or a special person, a Skinny will let you ‘show’ that love in a burst of a picture, especially meaningful from you!”

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Brrr! Are you ready to write about frozen water, poets? Draft a Skinny about frozen water by the end of the day tomorrow, Sunday, April 5, 2020. Alternate prompts — write a Skinny on any water-related topic.

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.

Linda is a former middle-school teacher and literacy coach at a gifted school in Denver. She blogs at TeacherDance where she shares her own poetry and by others, also reviews children’s and young adult books. She now is the volunteer coordinator at a local used bookstore that is entirely run by volunteers.

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#WaterPoemProject Series Posts:

Project Introduction
FAQ
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.

14 responses to “#WaterPoemProject: Day14, Linda Baie”

  1. Sometimes, I’ll ride the ice floe:
    slowly
    flowing
    going
    nowhere
    slowly
    rolling
    trolling
    memories
    slowly;
    the ice flow, I’ll ride, sometimes

  2. Spring arrives
    LIFE
    geese
    peepers
    red-winged blackbirds
    LIFE
    boats
    fishermen
    gardeners
    LIFE
    Arrives spring

  3. […] process: I tried my hand at another recommended poem from Laura Shovan’s water poem project – a skinny poem about frozen water. Click here to read how to write a skinny […]

  4. […] wrote this for Linda Baie’s prompt on Day 14 on Laura Shovan’s Water Poem […]

  5. This is a quick draft. Thanks, Linda, for the skinny prompt. I love this form!

    Snowballs in summer can be
    rainbow
    red,
    orange,
    blue.
    Rainbow
    flavors
    bubblegum,
    pineapple.
    Rainbow snowballs in summer. Yum!

    • Linda Baie says:

      Oh, I love it! My favorite is pineapple! I wrote about snowballs, too, finally got one together: hurrah for snowstorms
      scooping
      snowball
      mitten
      icing
      scooping
      throwing
      bullseye
      comeback
      scooping
      snowstorm hurrah
      Linda Baie ©

      • Laura Shovan says:

        Ha! A different kind of snowball, but like Margaret’s you have to scoop the snow and ice to make them. Your poem has a joyful feel too, Linda.

    • Laura Shovan says:

      Yum! Snowballs were new to me when we moved to Maryland. All of the colors and flavors you list capture the joy of summer.

  6. […] 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 […]

  7. […] 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 […]

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Laura Shovan is the author of the award-winning middle grade novel, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary. Her second book, Takedown, is a Junior Library Guild and PJ Our Way selection. Look for A Place at the Table, co-written with Saadia Faruqi, in 2020. Laura is a poet-in-the-schools Maryland.

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