Get out the sidewalk chalk and commit a poem to pavement
PostedApril 17, 2004
National Poetry Month is about sharing and celebrating the wonder of poetry, and what better way to celebrate than by putting poetry in a public place? Go one step beyond hopscotch squares and write a poem in chalk on your sidewalk!
Pick a favorite line from a poem and choose a clean piece of sidewalk or pavement to write on. You can search for a poem on Poets.org or check your bookshelf for an old favorite. Use brightly colored chalk to attract attention to your work, and add drawings or artistic flourishes to create some extra fun.
You can even make your own chalk from scratch. Parents can hold a neighborhood poetry contest, with all the participants' poems written along the sidewalks. Passersby will pause to read the lines and you'll have put a little poetry into someone's path.
You can also participate in Poets.org's Free Verse Project by submitting images of favorite lines written in ethereal ways. Browse examples of Free Verse submissions for inspiration: