Visions Of “Noël”

I just wrote a poem in class today in order to model to my fifth grade students how they can borrow the forms and structures of one poem and adapt it to their own purpose. The poem I wrote was excerpted from this one which I really liked and thought I’d share.

The original excerpt follows:

When clustered sparks

Of many-colored fire

Appear at night

In ordinary windows

We hear and sing

The customary carols

They bring us ragged miracles

And hay and candles

And flowering weeds of poetry

That are loved all the more

Because they are so common

—from “Noël”

by Anne Porter

My poem: “Visions Of”

They sprinkled down

Red-green sugar twinkled sweet

On dough that was

Shaped by old cookie cutters

In the oven

Traditions baked through down deep

Oft’ eaten with milk before sleep

Little feet that creep

And hands that sneak one more frosted treat

Memories rekindled

With each familiar taste

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