Thursday, April 10, 2014

Why Poetry?

Why poetry?

I answered this question in a poem. My poem is inspired from a line in Naomi Shihib Nye's poem Valentine for Ernest Mann,"poems hide. In the bottoms of our shoes,"

Poems hide...
in the bottoms of our shoes
in our basements
in our attics
inside our souls

Poems hide...
on turtle shells
on pinwheels
on ferris wheels
on the tips of our tongues

Poems hide...
with anticipation
with fear
with trepidation
with hope to be discovered

Poems hide...
We search
We write
We learn

And we find them

©Michelle Haseltine, 2014
All Rights Reserved

I'm so grateful for my fellow bloggers who share in my passion for poetry. Check out their blogs and their creative and amazing poems. They inspire me everyday...
JulieanneMargaretLeigh AnneMary LeeKevin and Cathy

I am excited to announce that I will be part of the Teacher Poets Workshop led by Chris Lehman! Please stop by his blog to get details and join us virtually on Saturdays. 


  1. love that "hide and seek" idea.

  2. Of course, answer Why Poetry? with a poem. Wish I had thought of that. Maybe I will piggyback. My answer hasn't come to me yet.

    1. Thanks Margaret! I'd written this poem in class yesterday and I felt like it answered this question perfectly! Looking forward to your answer. :)

  3. I love the "we search, we write, we learn", Michelle. And Nye's poem is a favorite. Very creative to write your own discoveries.


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