In his poem, [little tree], e e cummings imagines

the spangles
that sleep all year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads

Today, we are thinking of spangles from the year. You can write about things from the year that have sparkled and shone. They might be tastes or smells or sounds as well as what you have seen. Write them as if they were tree decorations. You might only write two or three words for each one. You don’t have to write in complete sentences. Here are some examples: spider web sparkle; sweet sharp drops of raspberry; woodpecker’s green dash.

And here are some things to make you look. Consider the past year. Can you remember, can you find:

  • something golden
  • taste of a season
  • something that made you laugh
  • the colour of ….
  • a handful of …
  • a kind of light

You will think of your own. Write them down and keep them ready in their dark box for just a little longer. Later, we will suggest how you could use them as descorations.


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