- Think of a Topic. Divide a piece of paper into four equal parts and label them 1. …
- Choose Words Carefully. …
- Write Your Poem. …
- Use Line Breaks Deliberately. …
- Poem #1. …
- Poem #2. …
- Revise. …
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Build as doth the lowly coral,—
Give yourselves. That shall endure.– Ruby Archer
A Lessonby Ruby Archer
Would ye build that generations
Yet to be may call you great?
Would ye have your lives’ creations
O’er the ages tower elate?
Hearken then a world-old moral,—
Abnegation, meek and pure.
Build as doth the lowly coral,—
Give yourselves. That shall endure.Memorize Poem
He Prayeth Best Who Loveth Bestby Samuel Taylor Coleridge. This text is an excerpt from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
Farewell, farewell! but this I tell
To thee, thou Wedding-Guest!
He prayeth well who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast.
He prayeth best who loveth best
All things, both great and small:
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.Memorize Poem
The Scarecrowby Annie Stone►
Here is the scarecrow, see him stand
Upon the newly planted land;
A figure rugged and forlorn,
A silent watcher of the corn.
His dangling legs, his arms spread wide,
A lone man of the countryside;
Uncouth, the butt of pen and tongue,
Unheralded, unsought, unsungMemorize Poem
Conscience and Remorse
I cried: “Come back, my conscience;
I long to see thy face.”
But conscience cried: “I cannot;
Remorse sits in my place.”– Paul Laurence Dunbar
Conscience and Remorseby Paul Laurence Dunbar►
“Good-bye,” I said to my conscience —
“Good-bye for aye and aye,”
And I put her hands off harshly,
And turned my face away;
And conscience smitten sorely
Returned not from that day.Memorize Poem
The Miserby Ruby ArcherFull Text
I caught old Ocean this morning early
Down on his knees on the shore.
Shells were hung in his beard so curly,
He was counting his golden store.Memorize Poem
I’m Freeby Anonymous►Full Text
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God has laid you see.
I took His hand when I heard him call
I turned my back and left it all.Memorize Poem
A Recipe For a Dayby Amos Russel Wells►Full Text
Take a little dash of water cold,
And a little leaven of prayer,
And a little bit of morning gold
Dissolved in the morning air.
Add to your meal some merriment,
And a thought for kith and kin;
And then, as your prime ingredient,
A plenty of work throw in.
In Time’s Swingby Lucy Larcom►Full Text
Father Time, your footsteps go
Lightly as the falling snow.
In your swing I’m sitting, see!
Push me softly; one, two; three,
Twelve times only. Like a sheet,
Spread the snow beneath my feet.
Singing merrily, let me swing
Out of winter into spring.Memorize Poem
The Creatorby John Keble►Full Text
Come, and I will show you what is beautiful. It is a rose fully blown. See how she sits upon her mossy stem, the queen of flowers. Her leaves glow like fire. The air is filled with her sweet odor. She is the delight of every eye.Memorize Poem
I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.– Anonymous
I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun;
Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.
Four Thingsby Henry van Dyke
Four things a man must learn to do
If he would make his record true:
To think without confusion clearly;
To love his fellow-men sincerely;
To act from honest motives purely;
To trust in God and Heaven securely.Memorize Poem
John Curzon’s Watch
Conquer—from things as they are!– Amos Russel Wells
John Curzon’s Watchby Amos Russel Wells►Full Text
Have you heard of John Curzon, of Poland?
A wonderful artisan, he!
A watchmaker equalled in no land,
As you, I am sure, will agree.Memorize Poem
Purposeby Amos Russel Wells►Full Text
Deeply and long the sap must flow
Ere the merest layer of elm can grow.
Many a wave’s recurrent shock
Is needed to smooth the tiniest rock.
Thousands of leaves must fade and fall
To make the mold by the garden wall.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.– Jeremiah 29:11
The Bible, NIVMemorize Poem
Morning Windowsby Amos Russel Wells►Full Text
The brightest thing a house can do,
When morning fills the skies,
Is just to catch the sun’s first rays,
And flash the brilliant prize.
No eighty-candle lights within
Can match the dazzling sight,
And every window-pane becomes
A fusillade of light!Memorize Poem
Perseveranceby Alice Cary►Full Text
The boy who does a stroke, and stops—
Will ne’er a great man be;
’Tis the aggregate of single drops
That makes the sea the sea.Memorize Poem
The Skyby Elizabeth Madox Roberts►Full Text
I saw a shadow on the ground
And heard a bluejay going by;
A shadow went across the ground,
And I looked up and saw the sky.Memorize PoemThe Branchby Elizabeth Madox Roberts►Full Text
We stopped at the branch on the way to the hill.
We stopped at the water a while and played.
We hid our things by the osage tree
And took off our shoes and stockings to wade.