Cherish summer in Santa Fe with good books, lush gardens, buzzing bees, a trip to the zoo, a science project or two, and the restorative balm of children's creativity.
The silky soft gypsum of White Sands are the perfect place to make some sand angels.
Photo by Tira Howard.
By Esmé Olivia and Santa Fe Public School Students
Santa Fe students find inspiration in unusual times.
Even in challenging and unusual times, there is much to be grateful for. As students gathered online for this winter’s poetry units of study with ArtWorks, an arts education program of the Partners in Education Foundation for the Santa Fe Public Schools, I invited them to put on goggles of gratitude to look out at the world and create odes, or poems of celebration.
Our inspiration was poet, grandmother and teaching artist Joan Logghe, who read us poems that included an ode to water and an ode to a New Mexican hero — the pinto bean! Ms. Logghe also shared her magical animal poetry, in which a raven and a coyote spoke to us of their unique movements and flashing colors.
In some classes, we focused our praise on different forms of water, sparked by Ms. Logghe’s salute to water, in which she spoke to and questioned water about its many forms and sounds. You will see that other classes expanded the scope of their odes to address other non-human subjects.
We hope that the poetry in the Made With Serendipity Art & Poetry Anthology 2020-2021 inspires a grateful gaze at this textured and sonically surprising world. The visual art in this book was created during ArtWorks units of study, where works of art were explored with visual teaching artists Wendy Chapin, Gregory Gutin, Claire LaRose and Lucy Ranney.
Tumbleweeds has selected 10 poems from the anthology to share with our readers.
For a complete copy, email ArtWorks’ Program Director Erin De Rosa.
Ode to Summer
Oh, sweet warm Summer,
You bring freedom and warmth to the cold isolation
Summer, do you understand that you’re the relief to my
Summer, you shed my inner layers of loneliness and expose
the happiness within me.
Oh, sticky sweet Summer, I welcome your warmth
I remember walking on the beach;
with the wind blowing through my hair,
bringing me closer to the world around me.
Oh, Summer, why do you feel so far away?
Is it because you want me to look forward to you more?
Or is it because you want me to wallow without you?
The sound of seagulls,
The salt in the air,
The scent of sunscreen on my back.
Oh, Summer, I welcome you back to me!
By Alex Bobolsky
Carlos Gilbert Elementary School
Teacher: Erin Cherry, 6th grade.
Ode to Wolves
Do you hear that? What is that?
A coyote, a fox,
No, it's a wolf.
You and your pack
Sing to the moon to wake it up
With your peaceful, amazing, loud howl.
Why do you do it?
Is it because you love to sing?
Or is it because you like to talk to your friends.
You sing night and day.
You walk peacefully with your pack.
You are fast and curious like the wind.
You are calm but strong and magical like water.
You are adventurous and fearless like fire.
You are beautiful and sweet like nature.
Your amazing features represent the elements.
You bring harmony to the forest.
You are the wolf.
By Pilar Montez-Coss
El Camino Real Academy
Teacher: Deborah Hawthorne, 3rd grade
Staring at the Frost
I stare at the frost covering my window.
Not quite snow,
Not quite water,
Not quite ice,
Yet all three in one.
How do you look so peaceful?
Like ice, but you can't crack.
Like snow, soft but less careful.
How can you be the best of so
You’re so quiet as you creep up
the walls and glass.
With your frozen fractals with
patterns of many millions of
shapes within shapes.
How can anyone ever be
Thank you frost in your
And for all the things that you are
and that you are not.
I think about these things
as I stare out my window
covered in frost.
By Archer Land
Acequia Madre Elementary
Teacher: Doreen Stanton, 6th grade