I did it! I bought a few MagPo sets, and stuck them to my refrigerator…
and the world around our house may never be the same. I wrote last week about playing with the online version of Magnetic Poetry when I have writer’s block. I used the words to spark ideas and then crafted a poem out of the inspiration they provided.
Having the magnetic words on the fridge, a few steps from my computer is a wonderful distraction for the kids and I. Several times a day, I find myself or one of them standing in front of the refrigerator, arranging and rearranging words into beautiful, or funny, or dark, moody lines of poetry.
I love it!
They build their masterpiece, and leave it there for posterity’s sake, signing it with a colored dry-erase marker. When I get up the next morning I rearrange all the words, and erase the signatures for a fresh start.
Even the one student who hates to read gets in on the play. He asked me yesterday if I could bring him home a nice journal, because he’s been writing in an old spiral notebook, and wants to upgrade. Because my calling in life – or one of them anyway – is to raise literary wonders who write and write and write like breathing, my heart honestly went pitter-patter at his request.
So, we went in and claimed our usual table, and ordered drinks and munchies. Then I broke out the words. While we nibbled happily on our food, I spread them out across the table and constructed poems to my heart’s content. It was like a vocabulary reunion!
So, I share with you today with a sampling of the work I did there, on that high-round Applebee’s table, with my treasure trove of tiny magnetic words. I hope you enjoy!
the rhythm of old pages
dances through my memory
words spark inspiration
as i drown in the story
the ghost of real life
is whispering her curse
between sleep and conscious thought
speaking your fear
to a cold translucent night
who will write a line
about perfect beauty
beneath that blue green soup
and so give a tree his voice?
I leave you with a directive – whether you have a jar of magnetic words or not --