Tuesday, May 5, 2015

DMC: "Scissors" by Julie Larios


Scissors is a sharp word,
a thin word, a steel word,
an I-can-hear-it-click word,
a catching-the-light word,
a see-it-flash word, a fast word,
cutting here, clipping there,
a round-metal-eyes word,
a long-pointed-nose word.
It sews as it goes,
and it sings its own name:
Scisssssssssors --snip!
Scisssssssssors --snap!

© 2015 Julie Larios. All rights reserved.

Nikki Grimes has challenged us to try a wordplay exercise this month and create our own free verse poems. Click HERE for all the details.

Send your poem to TodaysLittleDitty (at) gmail (dot) com, or use the contact form in the sidebar to the right. All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, May 29th, and one lucky participant will win a personalized copy of Nikki's brand new picture book:


  1. I always love reading Julie's poems, and this one is no exception. LOVE all those sounds and images and repetition. "It sews as it goes" - yay! Thank you, Julie!

    Now I want to write about scissors too. This is such a wonderful exercise!

  2. Love it! I can't pick out favorite lines because there are too many :-)

  3. I'm snip-snapping, lip-lapping, and toe-tapping this wonderful poem, Julie! Thanks for showing us how a poem can sing.

  4. Fun, fab, festive and made me frolic with joy. Love this, Julie. Your sound words are wonderful. This poem has a dance rhythm. Let's all dance. Ready?

  5. That was fun - glad you enjoyed it! I love writing in response to a challenge and this was no exception - challenges take me someplace I didn't expect to go and help get me to "Surprise the writer, surprise the reader" territory. Hope to read everyone else's contributions soon.

  6. "Cutting edge poem, seamless in execution."
    from The Fiskar newsletter, May 2015.

    (Sorry, Julie! Just couldn't help it.)

  7. Very clever. Great example for these poems.

  8. Julie's poem is a sharp one that crackles with sound. Thanks for the challenge, Michelle.