Happy World Poetry Day!

Poetry is just one of many forms of storytelling. And it’s a wonderful way to get kids interested in reading (think nursery rhymes as the first stage).

Mesa artist/poet Judy Wood shared with us a lovely poem she wrote and has given us permission to share today. It’s called Rose Petals, and it’s read by her eldest granddaughter, Callyn.

Judy says about writing poetry: “I believe creativity comes from an ancient place deep within your soul. Like trees need deep roots, our souls need to reach out; be inspired by sights, sounds, touch and distant memories.”

To inspire children to enjoy reading and writing poetry, she shares a few suggestions that include:

  • Reading poetry aloud. Be sure to take turns selecting – let your child choose one of their favorites and then share one that inspires you.
  • Making a poetry journal, which can featuring your child’s favorite poems or their own poetic words.
  • Playing rhyming games, which helps build vocabulary and could lead to an interest in sonnets.
  • Researching poetry styles, such as prose, sonnet and slam, and reading works in those styles.
  • Looking at photos or paintings and writing about what you think might be happening.
  • Talking about ideas, which can lead to prompting your child write about them.
  • Taking time to get outside notice specific movements and features in nature – for example, what colors do you see in the sky?

About our contributor

Judy Wood is a mixed media artist and poet, who enjoys volunteering at the i.d.e.a. Museum in a variety of capacities. She’s painted murals, read stories and lead creative workshops. Judy was also one of the featured artists in our recent exhibition, Roadside USA. This year, she is also the featured artist and poet at a local elementary school, working with 760 students on tapping into their creativity.

Find her on Instagram @abrushwithangels.