It’s Friday! And you know what that means: Poetry! Want to know more about Poetry Friday? Click this link right here. I’m hosting today so be sure to look to the end of this post to see this week’s round up of wonderful poetry related posts, blogs and goodness.
Hello and welcome to Poetry Friday! Tomorrow is National Goof Off Day so I sent a challenge out for some goofy poems. I can’t wait to see what everyone has written.
I am a HUGE advocate of play. My professional degree is actually in Play (well, really it is in Recreation Management, but close enough.) So I got to take all sorts of classes about the benefits of unstructured as well as structured play in our lives. Seriously, it is one of the best fields out there.
Anyway, I think it’s coo-coo that we strive to encourage our kids to play and have fun and then once we turn a certain age, some transformation occurs any BAM! we don’t need to play any more. Finger painting? Pah! Fort building? Never! Sure, our tastes may mature, but that doesn’t mean that playtime should disappear. Personally, I’d love a playground designed for adults–complete with a giant ball pit.
For National Goof Off Day, I decided to highlight a really cool aspect of play–how it can and does lead to great innovation. If you have a few minutes (about 7), here is a great Ted-Ed talk about how goofing off can shape the future.
Poetry, for me, is all about having fun. Sometimes I need to remind myself of that. It’s ok that it’s not the most beautiful or most perfectly written poem. I’m sure that first flute that a caveman carved out of bone was no Muramatsu. But I guarantee it brought him joy and made his life a bit more colorful. That’s what poetry does for me.
I decided to try my hand a a dribble poem today, since I think “dribble” is a fun word. A dribble is a brief poem with exactly 100 letters (punctuation and spaces, as well as the title, are not counted). Does anyone know if an ampersand should be counted as a punctuation or a letter? I counted it as a letter since I wasn’t sure.
Necessity is Not the Mother of All Invention
The future depends on people who play.
So while you sit and scoff
And roll your eyes & toil away,
I’ll be right here goofing off.
© Rebecca Herzog, 2019
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