So today, you’re going to read something different—in this case, it’s a poem. And not just any poem; this is one of my all-time favorites. Your job? Notice. While reading this poem, what do you notice? What jumps out at you? What catches your eye? What’s confusing? Write down those thoughts in your writing journal (or a piece of paper.) . After you do that, talk about the author’s intent, or in other words, why did he write this poem? What is he trying to say? If you’re a visual person and you feel like sketching what you’re seeing when you read, by all means, do that as well. We’ll talk about why we did this after the break. Here’s the poem:
Nice job! Now it’s your turn. A natural extension of reading is writing, so on the back of that same paper, write your own “poem of intention.” You’ll notice that “Moment” didn’t go out of its way to rhyme, but it is FULL of the author’s meaning. Yours should be full of meaning as well. What’s important to you? Try to copy some of what you noticed the author do in “Moment” when writing yours.