I had a conversation with my son about a pastel he created in school.
Me: How did you make this?
Son: I drew the outline first with a fresh pencil eraser dipped in paint
Me: Huh. Then?
Son: I colored it in with pastels. I like those colors...but not how it's uneven.
This tiny back-and-forth sent me in search of pencil-eraser-poetry. None of what I found had precisely the right tone but, Kalli Dakos' poem below is kid friendly and fun.
I wonder if you have suggestions for poems to illustrate the artwork below?
Thanks to Violet Nesdoly for hosting this week's Poetry Round-up.
|The Pencil and Eraser Were in a Horrid Fight|
|The pencil and eraser|
Were in a horrid fight,
It went on through the day
And well into the night.
|The pencil wrote a poem|
About erasers that can’t write,
The eraser erased the poem,
And he did it with delight.
|The pencil wrote a sign,|
Keep erasers out of sight,The eraser erased the sign,
And he did it out of spite.
|The pencil wrote a note,|
"You're just a parasite!"
The eraser erased the note,
Not a word was left in sight.
|The pencil and eraser|
Fought all through the night,
And when the morning came,
They had disappeared from sight.
(c) Kalli Dakos
|"Dot" pastel by David....made with pencil eraser dots|
What a cute poem! Here's one about turtles to go with the wonderful artwork:ReplyDelete
by Steven Withrow
An animal of minimal means,
He owes no frog,
He holds no debt.
For travel, he’s a mobile home.
For music, he’s a metronome.
He’s blissful in a bog
Counting time in a snarl of greens,
In summer, he’s too somber to snap.
In winter, sleeps in a muddy gap.
His blood thinks,
His dream says,
Kalli's poem is delightful and your son's process for creating an image is interesting. Maybe he would write a poem to accompany the picture he drew.ReplyDelete
Well, Kalli's poem is rather like The Duel, of the gingham dog and the calico cat, isn't it? I love the pencil eraser art. My students have made pointillist dots with Q-tips, and this one reminds me of a badge earned for something, perhaps courage? I thought of Maya Angelou's Poem "Life Doesn't Frighten Me". You can find it here: http://edhelper.com/poetry/Life_Doesnt_Frighten_Me_by_Maya_Angelou.htm Thanks, Linda!ReplyDelete
I enjoyed your pencil/eraser poem and Steven Withrow's "Snapping Turtle." Are there any dot poems that would draw attention to your son's technique. It's a striking drawing, created, no doubt, with lots of patience.ReplyDelete
That poem sounds like the makings of a great picture book! :)ReplyDelete