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CATCHING INSPIRATION Sophie Yu, a sixth grader at Emery/Weiner, writes poems about her childhood, family and friends, and imagination.
The Lonely Lily
In the morning,
the bright, rosy petals
of the lone lily in my backyard
drip with glossy morning dew
each petal soft
like my warm,
This is one of the poems in a book I published called My Universe. I love reading and writing poems, and I have been writing poetry since third grade. Before this book, my poems had been published in iWrite and Creative Communication’s anthologies. Creating a poem is like pouring emotions out of a tin. You let your emotions flow out onto the page, like a stream, sometimes fast and furious, sometimes slow and steady.
To write poems and get your feelings down onto the page, you’ll first need inspiration. I get a lot of inspiration from my amazing family and friends. They have helped me make the most of my childhood memories. They cheer me up and make me laugh. All the silly childhood moments also help me gather bits of inspiration that later make their way into a poem.
It’s not just tangible things that can inspire you, though. Observe things you usually ignore in your daily life: the fresh scent of your mother’s new perfume or the sun casting rays of magic across the flowerbed in your backyard. After noticing these tiny details all around you, you realize that your house has become a wonderland, and the floor is lava! Next, you imagine: The snow you trudge in now becomes cotton clouds that you ride on when you walk to school. Your pet dog is now a daring dragon.
Writing poetry is all about catching inspiration and expressing where your inspiration and imagination can take you. I hope you’ll enjoy my first poetry book, support Emery/Weiner while doing so, and someday write and share your own poems.