Thursday, April 27, 2017

DMC: "Rainy" by Madison

Happy Poem in Your Pocket Day
          What poem are you carrying in your pocket? 

For our final featured ditty of National Poetry Month, I've chosen to share what's in my pocket today. It's a cinquain by a 3rd grade student named Madison. Not only is her poem perfectly pocket-sized, but it also suits Laura Purdie Salas's challenge to a T! (You can read more water-themed cinquains HERE.)

But there's another reason I chose this poem for today. It has nothing to do with what I'm carrying in my pocket, it has to do with what I carry in my heart—the reason I write children's poetry. If all of our children saw the world through poets' eyes and had teachers like Margaret Simon to nurture and help them express their thoughts and feelings in this way; if all of our children were given the opportunity to develop observational skills, foster compassion, and broaden their understanding of life through poetry, how could we not, as a society, be better off for it? Our world and our future are in their hands. Read more poetry by the students of Mrs. Simon's Sea at their blog.

Cadet Blue Sky
Thunder Beating on Drums
Lightning Marching Through the Clouds

© 2017 by Madison, 3rd Grade

The DMC challenge for National Poetry Month is to contribute to our Ditty Potluck. Follow the guidelines for any one of the last 28 challenges, choosing from the following recipes:
Click HERE for an alphabetical list of all the DMC challenges.
Click HERE for an alphabetical list of all the Spotlight interviews.

Post your poem on our April 2017 padlet and be sure to indicate which challenge you are responding to.  All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration tomorrow, Friday, April 28th, and one lucky participant, chosen randomly, will select from the following:

Option 1: A set of 8 copies of The Best of Today's Little Ditty: 2014-2015 to use with a classroom or extracurricular group.

Option 2: One copy of The Best of Today's Little Ditty, plus a $20 gift card to purchase a poetry book(s) of your choice.

Option 3: A $25 gift card if you already have all the copies of The Best of TLD you need.


  1. I agree, Michelle, wishing all teachers would bring poetry to their students as Margaret does. Madison's poem celebrates a rainstorm beautifully. I love "marching through the clouds".

  2. Cadet, marching, drums -- Madison offers us a fresh take on a storm with this military theme. Impressive!

  3. Great job with this cinquain, Madison! You create such a vivid picture with your words. I look forward to inspiring as many people as I can with your poem today. :)

  4. Madison what wonderful words you used I love the 2-3linesI hope we get to read moor of your beautiful poems in the further