Welcome to the Poetry Friday Round-Up!!
It's Poetry Friday and my inaugural attempt at hosting!
I thought about using Mr. Linky and then realized I'm a rather low-tech sort so it was likely best to "kick it old-school" and use the comments. Please leave your link, a brief description of what we'll find in your blog entry, and your favorite thing about summer. Thank you for participating!!
1. Matt Esenwine is the earliest bird with a poem inspired by the photograph taken by another children's writer, over at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme.
2. Michelle H. Barnes is singing limericks at Today's Little Ditty, and has an original piece to celebrate Poetry Friday. She loves cricket song!
3. Diane Mayr, who loves peaches and tomatoes like I do, has a trio of delights. First, at Random Noodling, her original poem "The Blues." Unlike most cats, Kurious Kitty enjoys summer rain and shares several related poems. KK's Kwote is by Polish poet and Nobel Prize winner Wislawa Szymborska. (The first peach of summer, juice dripping off your chin . . . that's bliss.)
4. Laura Purdie Salas shares a vivid printable version of her cinquain, "Fire!" created by brilliant minds behind The Poetry Friday Anthology. I used to go to summer camp in Prescott, and our hearts are with those impacted by the tragic losses there.
5. Linda Baie of Teacher Dance is sharing a poem sent to her by Anastasia Suen as part of the 2013 Summer Poem Swap, along with a dramatic sunset photo.
6. Tabatha Yeatts, generous coordinator of the swap, has two poems from Hmong poet Soul Vang at her blog, The Opposite of Indifference. I found both to inspire thoughts of persistence.
7. Welcome back to writing, Elizabeth Steinglass! She's oiling squeaky writing joints (after a trip to Italy!!) with thoughts on getting back to work and what we can do with poems.
1. Irene Latham (next door in Alabama) continues her series of poems by Valerie Worth at Live Your Poem. This week's theme is summer, and includes many of the favorites identified by others in the comments . . . mmmmm, peaches.
2. Ruth shares Carl Sandburg's "Good Night" poem at her blog, There is No Such Thing as a God-forsaken Town. Very evocative of time and place, and it mentions MS! Thanks, Ruth!
3. Tara from A Teaching Life is in with parades, a poem by Gregory Djanikian and reflections on the melting pot.
4. Jen Vincent reflects on her grandfather and the inspiration found in Linda Urban's latest book, The Center of Everything, over at Teach Mentor Texts. She shares a vintage card with a friendship poem, too!
5. Julie Larios share abundantly at The Drift Record, with reflections on her childhood lived among the cherry blossoms and the desire to write something bountiful and unrestrained. I think her post succeeds beautifully.
6. Mary Lee Hahn joins us with the most deliciously scathing animated poem by Stephen Fry (who will always be Jeeves to me) in video about posted at her blog, A Year of Reading. Pedants, beware!
7. Robin is in at Teaching Tomorrow's Leaders with a poem inspired by her thrifty daughter's big splurge. It's so fun to watch how much satisfaction our kids get when they buy things themselves!
8. Betsy H. managed to get enough connectivity in the wilds of Michigan to share a nature-inspired poem over at her blog, I Think in Poems. I love her tag line: "Go notice your life and write about it." She and Robin both get kudos for making arrangements beforehand for this post to be shared with all of us, just in case she couldn't get a signal!
9. Sylvia Vardell shares a rock star line-up of poets who shared their work at the recent ALA conference over at Poetry for Children. It's a delight to hear these authors read their own work -- I got teary listening to Rebecca Kai Dotlich's tribute to her dad.
1. At Reflections on the Teche, Margaret Simon (hi, Margaret!) shares a poem she received from Tabatha Yeatts, inventor of the annual Summer Poem Swap: "Thirteen Ways of Looking at Emma."
2. Carol at Carol's Corner shares watermelon poems, including one of her own. I'm getting hungry . . .
3. Violet Nesdoly shares a symphony with her poem, "Summer Serenade," at her blog Violet Nesdoly Poems.
4. Joy Acey joins us from Arizona with two poems about pillows at Poetry for Kids Joy.
5. Amy Ludwing VanDerwater treats us to a picture of the unseen and a delightful poem about a surprise parade she enjoyed. Visit The Poem Farm and listen to her read it! It would be fun to share photos as prompts for writing about what happened before or after a picture was taken!
6. Stefanie at Morning Musings made me crave more coffee and long for the open road with an original poem, "In the Long Run," about the journey toward our goals.
1. Becky Shillington takes us to her childhood with the taste of peaches over at Tapestry of Words.
2. Catherine brings us Shakespeare's Sonnet 30 -- reminiscing is one theme emerging today -- over at Reading to the Core.
3. Douglas Florian is in at Florian Cafe, with a translation of a friend's FB from Chinese to English using an online translator. Hilarity ensues, especially if you read it aloud with great gusto, as Douglas instructs.
4. Cathy L. Mere shares two works-in-progress as she strives to set more definite moods in her writing. Check out her poems about freedom at Merely Day-by-Day.
1. Little Willow shares Emily Dickinson's "Under the Light" over at Bildungsroman.
2. Colette Bennett has the lyrics to Springsteen's "Born in the USA" under closer scrutiny at Used Books In Class. Glad you found us, Colette!
3. Mandy at Enjoy and Embrace Learning reviews Joe Raposo's picture book for the song, "Sing."
My Poetry Friday post:
My husband, Mark, and I love feeding the hummingbirds. In our eagerness, we always put out the feeders too early, but by September he's calling them "the flying pigs" because they'll empty three feeders daily. We should buy stock in a sugar company.
I wrote this poem last September and welcome your critique.
(Photo by Dick Daniels on Wikimedia Commons and the extensive photo index Birds of the World.*)
The Mama Hummingbird
You weren't fooled.
My hands held your feeder
lower than the porch hook.
You zipped and zoomed ever closer,
then dashed off to warn your flighty kin.
Thirsty in the summer scorch, they ignored you.
After a hesitant flutter of wings and heart,
they settled onto the familiar red plastic perch
to slurp down their sugary breakfast.
Breathless, I watched miniscule muscles
ripple along their crowns as they sipped,
the breeze from their humming wings fanning my fingers.
You weren't fooled.
Our eyes met as you hovered, closer and closer to my head,
confident in your
* Wikimedia attribution: By Dick Daniels (http://carolinabirds.org/) (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons)