from Jimmy Berrios and Jeffrey Pflaum

Big Blue Cloud
Big Blue Cloud

from Jimmy Berrios and Jeffrey Pflaum

SOUND

The sound of wind
blowing past the pond
makes little waves appear.
I put a paper in the water
and watch it float away.
I hear the sounds of birds flying.
I face the blue sky.
I dream of a cloud, a big blue cloud,
and these are the sounds I hear…

© Jimmy Berrios, aged 11

The cloud photograph is part of a long-term project by Jeffrey Pflaum titled, “Scenes from The Big Cloud Picture Show.” The student poetry comes from two anthologies he compiled over the years from their best work: INNER CITIES (free-verse) and DANCING IN THE SPRING RAIN (haiku and short poetry).

He presented “The Big Cloud Picture Show” (rack of 144 color transparencies) to his class. After viewing a sample of the images, the kids (grades 5 – 6) brainstormed, or really, as Jeffrey calls it, “titled-stormed” potential titles for poems they would write afterward. When they finished describing the images on the screen and title-storming, students wrote poems in free-verse or haiku — their choice. This is the first time Jeffrey has combined the students’ cloud poetry with his cloud photographs — the combination of text with image works well we think.

There is a series of these combinations and we will post more for you to enjoy shortly.

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