AREA, PERIMETER, VOLUME
Gardens and fences
and new tile floors,
towers of blocks
and a bulletin border.
Perimeter says "RIM"
and area is flat,
volume takes space...
I know all of that,
but keeping them straight
in my head is a problem:
square? cubic? units?
perimeter? area? volume?
Some day I'll grow up
and need carpet and tile,
frame art and fill boxes...
THEN this will be worthwhile!
© Mary Lee Hahn, 2012
Poem #25, National Poetry Month, 2012
Area and perimeter are SO hard for fourth graders to keep straight!
Cathy, at Merely Day By Day
, is joining me in a poem a day this month. Other daily poem writers include Amy at The Poem Farm
, Linda at TeacherDance
, Donna at Mainely Write
, Laura at Writing the World for Kids
(daily haiku), Liz at Liz in Ink
(daily haiku), Sara at Read Write Believe
(daily haiku), Jone at Deo Writer
(daily haiku)...and YOU?
I love Julia Cameron's writing. Back a few years ago, I was lucky enough to hear her talk in person in Sedona, and she is quite funny as well as, comforting to my artistic soul. She has a great term "spiritual midget" that I am relating to right now. I know I preach we should create for ourselves and our own joy, but does it make me a spiritual midget if I really thrive on the compliments I receive for my work? Let's face it, if you create a piece of art you are so jived about, and you post it to your blog, don't you feel a little crushed if no one else is jived too? (Or put a pieces in a gallery where they use one of your paintings to hold over a light fixture...yes, that was happening). And when they are jived, it's like icing on the cake, isn't it? I mean the good, vanilla sugary kind? This week I had several artists who I admire tell ME they like my work. That was very vanilla sugary. May even have made up for the light fixture fiasco. It's very validating and maybe, secretly, we DO need some of that, spiritual midgets or not.
With the Forts series wrapped up, I've moved onto something else, and believe it or not that something else is getting released in March!
Goats Eat Cans is coming soon!
What the heck is Goats Eat Cans and why should you care about it?Trust me when I tell you that you're going to like this thing.
If you hated Forts and you hate me for writing Forts, you're still going to like this.
Goats Eat Cans isn't Forts. It's nothing like Forts.Nothing at all.
Click the picture below to head over the official Goats site.You won't regret it.