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When The Sea Turned to Silver: By Grace Lin

When The Sea Turned to Silver was one of my recent book club books. My Mom and I really enjoyed reading the adventures and stories that are told in the book. The two main characters in the book are Pinmei – the Storyteller’s granddaughter who persevered to save her grandmother and the kingdom. And The Emperor – selfish, mean, and powerful ruler who wants everything to be powerless compared to him. One of my assignments for When The Sea Turned to Silver was to write two poems, one for The Emperor and the other for Pinmei. The poems are supposed to be about those character’s different shows of strength. Here they are:

 
 
 
 

The  Emperor

Power,

Greed,

and,

Strength,

make me,

survive the longest,

rule with wickedness,

and,

laugh to scorn.

Tiger clawed,

with a roar for a voice,

a bite of peach,

to never die,

a legendary needle,

to trap the tortoise.

Pouncing this long,

lasting this long,

weaving this long,

my wicked tales,

to lead my triumph,

the threads of history,

that tell me,

as strength,

through,

force,

greed,

and,

power.

 

****

 

Pinmei:

Gentleness,

Kindness,

and,

Courage,

lead the way,

by weaving through,

legends,

tales,

and,

stories.

To light the path for,

friends to make,

stories to tell,

and,

kingdoms to save,

with strength,

persistence,

and,

understanding.

For what’s,

right for all,

fair for all,

kind for all,

is the strength of,

good.

 

****

 

This is an art project inspired by the book!!

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7 Comments

  1. natalie dente March 3, 2017

    Hi Anna, what can I say except that your poetry was well done. your art work a feast for the eyes. love Grandma Natalie

  2. Debbie March 4, 2017

    Hey Anna – Nice work! My best (and only) poem was a very short haiku about autumn wind! Your mom might remember it. Haha
    Aunt D

  3. donna March 6, 2017

    Hi Anna — You’re poems capture the spirit of the characters incredibly well. I can “feel” them through your words. I also really enjoyed the book. It is a beautiful book to look at and to read.

    Aunt Debbie — why don’t you share your haiku with the group?

  4. Marco March 12, 2017

    Beautiful artwork and poetry! I know you don’t love poetry, but you have a gift for it!

  5. Aunt Lauren April 8, 2017

    Cool! I enjoyed reading the poems as well as seeing your artwork. Very versatile.

  6. Kurt April 17, 2017

    You really should write more poetry — the medium suits you so well.

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