I have decided that I am going to ignore this very soggy spring and pretend it is sunny and warm. Sunny, warm weather makes me think of summer and summer makes me think of running through a sprinkler....so....in keeping with the wet weather.....a celebration of water!
Nikki Grimes book of poetry A Pocketful of Poems (with incredible mixed-media collage by Javaka Steptoe) has some of my favorite spring and summer celebration poetry. Nikki Grimes combines a free verse poem with an Haiku on the same subject. Given all this rain, I would like to put a more positive spin on water, here's my favorite:
HOT is a thirsty word that
wakes me from a deep sleep.
I leave my dreams and stumble to the kitchen.
I place the word in the sink, then
turn the cold water on full blast.
Hot days send me to
the water fountain where my
face goes for a swim.