What is a definito, you ask? Created by our brilliant Poetry Friday host, Heidi Mordhorst, a definito is
“…a free verse poem of 8-12 lines (aimed at readers 8-12 years old) that highlights wordplay as it demonstrates the meaning of a less common word, which always ends the poem.”
Heidi is a member of my fabulous critique group, The Sunday Poetry Swaggers, and she challenged us to join her this week in writing definitos. This was definitely a challenge for me! I had no trouble coming up with word possibilities, but once I’d settled on haste, well, let’s just say this poem was NOT written in haste!
Rush, rush, rush
All the world’s a blur.
Race, race, race
Leave them in the dust.
Dash, dash, dash
At tip-top pace,
Not a minute to waste:
© Catherine Flynn, 2019
I wanted to play with the word placement to emphasize a sense of haste, but I was having trouble formatting in WordPress, so I created this on Canva:
Thank you to my fellow swaggers for all your help in getting this draft to where it is. Be sure to visit them for more definitos.
Other Poetry Friday friends have written definitos today, too. Visit Mary Lee Hahn @ A Year of Reading and Laura Purdie Salas @ Writing the World for Children to read more. After reading all these definitos, you’ll want to write a few yourself!