Friday, April 22, 2011

Celebrate Poetry Month with An Abecedarian Bedtime Chronicle

When my children were young, I used to make up ABC stories for them at bedtime. Beginning with "A" I would invent a story that used every letter of the alphabet. Until I read Carole Weatherford's poem, I didn't realize that I was being an abecedarian.

In honor of Poetry Month, I am sharing Carole's poem here. She is hoping to publish this as a picture book; can't you see the pictures in your mind?

Go ahead and try writing an ABC poem or story with your students or children. You never know what you might come up with--abecedarian poems and stories Abound Beyond every Corner! And if you or your class writes one, please let me know. I might post it here!


Vampire B...


A Bat Cave
by Carole Weatherford
Attic.

Barn.


Cave.


Darkness descends. Eerie.


Fanged, gothic,


hungry insectivores



jet,


and kite,

lunging


for mosquitoes;


millions by the moon.

These “night owls”


prey


‘til quenched,

and return to roost


by sonar.



Takeoff-ready,


upside-down,



vampire wannabes,


exhausted,



yawn.


Zzzzzzz.



©2011 Carole Boston Weatherford. All rights reserved.


6 comments:

Elena said...

well done!

Jean said...

Thanks for the idea, Carol.

ABC - like some of the Hebrew Psalms.

Jean

Carol Baldwin said...

I didn't make that connection, Jean. Thanks for making it for me!

Clara Gillow Clark said...

I wasn't familiar with this poem, but I loved it! Thanks for sharing this Abecedarian bedtime chronicle.

marshahubler said...

Awesome
Beautiful
Classy
Delightful
Ecstatic ...Post.
(I could go on)
What fun to write that way. Thanks for the tip, Carol!
Marsha Hubler
www.marshahubler.com

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks Clara and Marsha for your comments--yes, it is a catchy idea once you start playing with it! ANd Carole's example is inspiring!