How To Cross a Pond
by Marilyn Singer
ill by Meilo So
I shared a beautiful poem called ?Rain Forest? by Marilyn Singer on Friday, and here are a few of my thoughts while reading it.
All her beautiful language really gets me. The ground as a sponge that drinks in clouds?how amazing is that? [CCRA.R4]
And then–and here’s the part I can’t get out of my mind?tadpoles swim inside flowers that fill with water high in the trees? [CCRA.R1] Is this for real? I go look online for a while, and I find lots of images of teeny tiny tree frogs and the eggs they lay on leaves and stems. When they hatch, they’re only the size of a grain of rice. So they certainly COULD swim in a flower pond. But I can’t find a photo that shows the picture I have in my head. I find some information about the life cycle of tree frogs. This National Geographic video (always looking for a source I can really trust) at http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/frog_greentree_lifecycle shows how red-eyed tree frogs lay their eggs on the underside of a leaf so that when the eggs hatch, the tadpoles drop right into the water below. [CCRA.R7] Hmm?Very interesting. But not what I’m looking for! I’m still not sure of the answer. [CCRA.R8]
So, I’m going to add this to my Wonder list I’ve started. (Have you read Georgia Heard’s A Place for Wonder?) It’s a question I have that I do want to know the answer to, but I don’t have time to research it right this minute. But I will find out?eventually! In fact, maybe someone reading this will even find the answer and point me to it?hint, hint:>)
And then the last half of this poem makes me think about how we only need the space we need. [CCRA.R2] To a tadpole the size of a grain of rice(!), a water-filled flower would indeed be a ?boundless lake.? It would be huge! It reminds me of all the dramatic animal stories that play out all around me that are small enough that I just don’t notice them. As soon as our yard dries up a little (it is still very soggy and muddy from all the melting snow and recent rain), I need to spend some time lying down, observing what’s happening out there, right under my feet every day.
In this blog feature, I externalize my process of reading a poem and then I go back and pop in the CCSS Anchor Standards that I think I happened to address in my thoughts. I’m hoping this will be useful for those of you who are?educators sharing poetry, especially if you might not be too comfortable with it. This might give you ideas of some?elements you could include?in your poetry discussion.