This is the first stanza of "A Sea Song", the poem used as our model.
A Sea Song
by Allan Cunningham
A wet sheet and a flowing sea
A wind that follows fast,
And fills the white and rustling sail
And bends the gallant mast;
And bends the gallant mast, my boys,
While, like the eagle free,
Away the good ship flies and leaves
Old England on the lee.
This next poem is the one I wrote. The kids were a little worried about being able to do this assignment. Writing poetry is not something we have worked much on. I figured the best way to "prove" to the kids that this wasn't that difficult of an assignment was write one myself. I have never been very good at writing poems, but I have to admit, I really had fun. So, here it is...
The Mass Song
A peaceful prayer and an uplifting song
A word that to us speaks true,
And encourages the mind and contrite heart
And fills the spirit anew;
And fills the spirit anew, dear friends,
While, like the angels praise
United the faithful worship and adore
To Christ, their souls they raise.
Now here are the poems completed by each of the children. I think they did a great job.
A Soccer Song
by Myriah (17)
A firm coach and excited fans
And athletes determined to win,
With mighty sprints and fancy foot-work
And a goal they must defend;
And a goal they must defend, my friends,
While the game is almost done
Away the ball is kicked and scores
And now the game is won.
A Kolbe Song
by James (15)
A loud yip and an annoying jump
An excitement that never misses,
And keeps the day happy and fun
And ends with lots of kisses;
And ends with lots of kisses, my friend,
While like a cat he plays
Our crazy dog cuddles and purrs,
And in our heart he stays.
A Horse Song
by Madison (14)
A gentle mare and a friendly foal
A head that is lifted high,
And sends a soft and peaceful neigh
And calls the stallion nigh,
And calls the stallion nigh once more,
While like the river flows
The graceful herd gathers and gallops,
Through the glistening snow.
A Family Song
by Magdalene (10)
A cozy home and a prayerful family
A mother that loves deeply,
and fills the children's hearts and minds
and teaches the faith so sweetly;
and teaches the faith so sweetly, my friends.
While like the sisters are sweet,
The brothers are silly and fun.
Our family is so neat.