In poetry and other forms of writing, words take shape and begin to have a life of their own. The daily writing journal is every child's chance to explore the many layers of meaning in life. There is so much beauty in ordinary things.
I hope you enjoy this example of creative writing. Older students can appreciate the use of imagery and the probing questions. These thoughts struck me on an ordinary, yet beautiful summer day!
Ordinary Days, Not So Ordinary
(c)2014 Angela Baca
Ordinary days are not just ordinary
Take the blue sky with wispy clouds
You see the promise of summer
You see the light in someone's eyes
Reflecting back at you
The truths about yourself
You see the smile of a child
Shining brilliantly from the heart to the mouth
To the crinkly corners of the eyes
In others, you can witness unbridled joy, unmasked and unafraid
And want it for yourself
Joy is the stuff of hope and dreams
Reminding us of when we were young
But each day, we are renewed,
Able to start over again
If we don't think about how old we are
We can live life more brilliantly
And with less stress
We must appreciate the ordinary,
But outrageously blue sky
And the sun on the surface of a lake
The glow of a newly washed car
Nothing ever locks you in
Unless you let it
Ordinary days are not so ordinary
They are your present
And your pathway to the future!
How do you want the next version
Of you to appear and feel
When you begin each new day?
How will you spread joy to others
And let people benefit
From the light in your eyes?
This little light of yours
It's time to let it shine!
I am seizing hold of mine!