Sunday, April 21, 2013

Common Inspiration--Uncommon Creations.21

PocketCube (small)

By Silver Spoon (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons

I have a couple of students who are obsessed with Rubik's Cubes and who are AMAZING at solving this puzzle. They study videos, learn algorithms, and work with a timer to improve their times. This kind of thinking is completely outside my skill set. I am in awe of them. Here is a video one of these Rubik's Cube experts made of himself solving the cube in under 20 seconds:

Video used with the permission from mariojj123Cubing


Rotate layers -- twist twist spin --
Up and down -- twist twist spin --
Backwards, forwards -- twist twist spin --
It's solved! ...How did you do that?
Kindly repeat, but
Slower this time...

Clickclick twisttwist spinspin
Updownaround, faster than you can follow.
Believe it...because you see it happen before your very

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2013


The theme of my 2013 National Poetry Month Project is 

"Common Inspiration--Uncommon Creations." 

Each day in April, I will feature media from the Wikimedia Commons ("a database of 16,565,065 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute") along with bits and pieces of my brainstorming and both unfinished and finished poems.

I will be using the media to inspire my poetry, but I am going to invite my students to use my daily media picks to inspire any original creation: poems, stories, comics, music, videos, sculptures, drawings...anything!

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