The form Nikki Grimes used to create her latest book is called the Golden Shovel. To start, you need a line from a story, poem, or words in a song. The words are so striking, that you have to reread, sing, or write them down.
- Take a "striking" line
- This line becomes the end words in your new story idea or poem
- Write the words in the right margin in order. These words become your ending words.
- Give credit to the poet, author, lyricist who originally wrote the line
I read the story, My Friend Maggie by Hannah E. Harrison. The line that made me tear up was
My new idea using the golden shovel.
The glasswing flutters and
her stained glass beauty camouflages her.
No need for clothes
when you are
mystery to birds, so little.
One with the light, you are clearly snuggish.
Your challenge is to find a striking line. Use your golden shovel. Please share your new creations in the comments. Happy digging.