Try This! - Pick a Page and Find a Poem or Zentangle

From Margaret Simon:

I love words, but sometimes I just can’t seem to think of my own. So I steal from others.  Especially from my favorite authors.  Words will pop out of the page and ask to be put into a poem.  These are called “found poems” because you don’t actually write them, you find them.  

Another way to find a poem is to take a page of text that you love and photocopy it.  On the copy, circle the words you want to make the poem. Then black out the rest.  

Or you can make a Zentangle design on the page.  There are lots of Zentangle designs on the Internet.  Zentangle uses a different part of your brain and can be very relaxing.  

Here's mine - a poem and a Zentangle around it:


Handful of Stars Zentangle poem.jpg

Found Poem from HANDFUL OF STARS by Cynthia Lord
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Lucky 
found by Margaret Simon

Lucky 
wants to see.
He seems very happy to me.
We learn from dogs.
They don’t ask, “Why me?”
They find a new way to be happy.
Setting something free takes faith.


Margaret Simon is a teacher of elementary gifted students in New Iberia, Louisiana.  She lives on the Bayou Teche where many poems are inspired.  She blogs at http://reflectionsontheteche.wordpress.com.

5 comments:

  1. Nice idea, Margaret. Combining poetry and doodles... now that's my kind of notebook!

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  2. I love this, Margaret! Really LOVE it!

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  3. As a lover of found poems and drawings, too... this definitely captures my fancy! Thanks, Margaret - I can imagine students loving this idea.

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  4. This is a great idea I will try with my students. I think they would love it!

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  5. This is a great idea I will try with my students. I think they would love it!

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