Short Writings: Contrast Poems
Lakes to Oceans
I used to take Weston to the Lake Ray Roberts,
but now I hold Paisley’s hand as we walk near the Indian River.
I used to pack sandwiches for our Sunday lunch,
but now I dine where I can get fresh oysters and southern flounder.
I used to bring our fishing poles when we camped,
but now I look for sailboats to ride the waves.
I used to cross the levees and earthen dams,
but now I drive on causeways across the Inter-Coastal Waterway.
I used to walk half on the rocky shore and half in the lake,
but now I wade in the salty Atlantic spray.
I used to take a nap in the car on Sunday afternoons,
but now I watch the sun rise and set in the distant watery horizons of Florida.
Scribbles to Essays
I used to scribble with crayons on the paper Mom gave me in church,
but now I draw with pastels and drawing pencils to provide pictures for my writings.
I used to write simple letters to my relatives to ask to visit in the summer,
but now I discuss writing with my graduate peers and professors in eCollege.
I used to write short stories for my middle school language arts teacher,
but now I create morning writings to describe the content we will study each day.
I used to write reports about favorite authors and why I loved the message in their writing,
but now I teach drafting, revising, editing and publishing for a small class of diverse students.
I used to create journal entries to reflect on my feelings and emotions,
but now I create expository essays about how to introduce craft in my writing workshop each day.
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