I continue to pour over the poems in Nikki Grimes’ book, One Last Word. Ms. Grimes is an amazing poet and the “Golden Shovel” poetry is exquisite. This form of poetry is most difficult to create! A Golden Shovel poem takes a line from an existing poem and transfers each word from that line (called the “striking line”) to your own poem, as the last words in each line of your new creation.
I used “I Leave the Glory Days” by Nikki Grimes as my mentor text. The line I pulled was “The past is a ladder that can help you keep climbing.” Here’s my poem:
When I’m stuck, I reach for the
lessons from my past.
I want to live my dreams, but it is
so difficult! Longing for a
new adventure, I climb the ladder
of hope that
someday I can
find the right people to help
me succeed. I’d take you with me, but you
don’t have the same dreams as me. Keep
on your own path. I must keep climbing.