Sally Clark poetry: Highlighter


Racing around the bases of each page,
a bright yellow streak cheers each word
it underlines, exciting every letter that is
part of the team – Look at me!
I’m a home run thought to remember!



Author’s Notes: In 2008, I published this how-to article on

How to Teach a Child to Write a Free Verse Poem

You can write a poem about anything! It’s easier than you think. Just look around you and pick out an object…let’s say you want to write a poem about a yellow highlighter.

How many words can you come up with to describe a highlighter and what it does? Remember to think of the five senses – what do you hear, smell, touch, see, and feel about the highlighter? What words did you come up with? How about – yellow, bright, a little bit squeaky, streaks, a little bit smelly, marks important words you need to remember, jumps up off the page.

Now try to think of a person, event, or circumstance that fits these words. Is there some event in your life that, if it was written, would be important enough to be “highlighted”? Have you ever made a home run in baseball? That would definitely be a highlighter event, wouldn’t it?

Using your five senses again, think of some words to describe making a home run – racing, excited, crowd cheering, dust flying, heart pounding, crack of the bat.

Now try to use some of the baseball words and some of the highlighter words to describe your highlighter. Remember, you don’t have to use every word.

Writing a poem this way gets easier every time you do it. Don’t be afraid to write something silly or that your poem will be bad. This is your poem and it only has to make sense to you.




Sally Clark

Sally Clark

Sally Clark and her husband, Mike, owned the Auslander Restaurant in Fredericksburg, Texas, from 1985 to 2001. Since retirement, Sally has been writing poems like clear pools, the kind where you can see all the way to the mossy rocks on the bottom. She writes about simple things like laundry and yellow highlighters, huge things like the trials of Job and the sins of Abraham, funny things like ice cream and penguins and Halloween, and scary things like heaven and hell and the color of dirt. Her award-winning poetry has been widely published in books, anthologies, magazines, gift books, and online. In 2017, her poem, "Los Compadres," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Sally's first publication for children is "Where's My Hug?" a lift-the-flap board book published by WorthyKids/Ideals. Buy it for a child you love.
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