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!!

Round 1:

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.

Round 2:

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.

Round 3:

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.

Round 4:

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.

Round 5:

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 curiosity, and saber-like beak.

* 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)

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  • 7/4/2013 1:13 PM Matt Forrest Esenwine wrote:
    I haven't seen any hummingbirds yet this year...but love to watch them. I totally relate to your poem...especially the feeling of the wings in the air. Today, I have a children's poem inspired by another children's writer's photo:


    (Post goes live at midnight!) Thanks, Keri!
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  • 7/4/2013 3:51 PM Michelle Heidenrich Barnes wrote:
    Happy 4th of July Keri and thank you for hosting PF! Your poem gave me chills-- what a spectacular sensation that must have been! Loved that you opened and closed your poem with "You weren't fooled," and that final image-- the saber-like beak-- will most certainly stay with me. I remember going to the hummingbird aviary at the Sonora Desert Museum, and being amazed at how the confidence of such tiny creatures made me feel small.

    On Today's Little Ditty, I have an original, "Tim Burtonesque" limerick about a 4th of July mishap. It is up today, but I will be adapting the post for our Poetry Friday audience tomorrow.
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  • 7/4/2013 4:03 PM Michelle Heidenrich Barnes wrote:
    PS- what I love about summer is the cricket song.
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  • 7/4/2013 7:54 PM Diane Mayr wrote:
    Hi Keri! Happy first Round-Up! Yeehah! What a thrill be be so close to the hummers. You're poem captures it all delightfully!

    My posts will be up after midnight. At Random Noodling I have my 15 Words or Less Challenge poem, "The Blues." http://randomnoodling.blogspotcom/2013/07/poetry-friday-color-full.html

    Kurious Kitty has found several poems about summer rain. http://kuriouskitty.blogspotcom/2013/07/poetry-friday-rain_5.html

    KK's Kwote is by Wislawa Szymborska. http://kkskwotes.blogspotcom/2013/07/poetry-friday.html

    What I like best about summer is fresh peaches and tomatoes!
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  • 7/4/2013 7:57 PM Laura Purdie Salas wrote:
    Thanks for hosting, Keri--I love those miniscule muscles. Hummingbirds do seem so strong for their tiny size!

    I'm in with a cinquain called "Fire," with a cool printable from Pomelo Books. Happy 4th!
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  • 7/4/2013 9:36 PM Robyn Hood Black wrote:
    Thanks for sharing this special encounter, Keri! This line is my favorite:
    "the breeze from their humming wings fanning my fingers" - makes one pause to be in the moment.

    Welcome to hosting Poetry Friday, and thank you. (A little mini-break at my blog this week, but I look forward to visiting others.)
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    1. 7/4/2013 10:00 PM Keri Collins wrote:
      Thanks for dropping by with your encouraging spirit, Robyn!

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  • 7/4/2013 10:34 PM linda Baie wrote:
    I liked the feeling that you were communicating with the little hummingbird. Those eyes! I'm sharing one of my poem swap poems today, Keri, a summer celebration! Thank you for hosting today! ~Linda http://wwwteacherdance.blogspotcom/2013/07/poem-swapping-summer-delight.html
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  • 7/5/2013 4:43 AM Tabatha wrote:
    Hi Keri! Thanks for hosting! I really enjoyed reading about your hummingbird convergence. I liked the repetition of "You weren't fooled." How do you feel about slightly shortening the ending to: "confident in your saber-like beak" ? Just a thought. (You can email me if you want to discuss it )
    Oh, I almost forgot my poems! Here they are: http://tabathayeatts.blogspotcom/2013/07/soul-vang.html

    My favorite things about summer are the fresh fruit and slowing down.
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    1. 7/5/2013 5:16 AM Keri Collins wrote:
      Yes, Tabatha! I agree it's better with a more pointed ending. Thank you!

      I wish you could drop by for a chat -- we have fresh pineapple, cantaloupe, watermelon and grapes in the fridge!

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  • 7/5/2013 5:51 AM Elizabeth Steinglass wrote:
    Hi Keri,
    I love fresh berries and driving less!
    I'm back to blogging after a month away and I'm feeling rusty. My post today is about how to get back to work. I have two original poems including "Things to do with Poems."
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  • 7/5/2013 5:58 AM Elizabeth Steinglass wrote:
    I can't believe I forgot to say thanks for hosting. This is my first time visiting your blog so it's nice to meet you. I love the idea of holding the hummingbird feeder and getting a very close look. Over spring break we stayed in a place that had a very busy hummingbird feeder which attracted hummingbirds and humans alike.
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  • 7/5/2013 7:04 AM Margaret Simon wrote:
    I think the hummers are staying away because of my cats! Love the miniscule muscles. The only thing I would suggest would be to take out some words to make it less prose-like and more poetic. Tighten up the action, so to speak.
    Thanks for hosting today and getting up so early. I have a poem from Tabatha Yeatts. Thirteen Ways of Looking at Emma is about her cat but could easily be about mine, too. I was received this poem this week in her Poetry Swap. My favorite thing about summer is the gift of time. Time to take long walks. Time to write, read, and have lunch with friends. Happy Summer!
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  • 7/5/2013 7:23 AM Irene Latham wrote:
    Hi Keri - "you weren't fooled" is such a great opening line! I do love hummingbirds. Unfortunately my dog does too... I'm in with more Valerie Worth poems! This week's theme is "Summer Things." http://wwwirenelatham.blogspotcom/2013/07/valerie-worth-poems-about-summer-things.html

    Thank you for hosting (and congrats on your first time!). xo
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  • 7/5/2013 7:25 AM Ruth wrote:
    http://thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspotcom/2013/07/poetry-friday-good-night.html I have a Carl Sandburg poem today. Thanks for hosting!
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  • 7/5/2013 7:39 AM Tara wrote:
    Thanks for hosting today, Keri. Lovely poem, and lucky you to have been able to watch and enjoy this. I am in the July Fourth mode, still:
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  • 7/5/2013 8:03 AM angela scott wrote:
    What a flight of fancy....
    The words flutter off the page
    It make you think no feathered friend should be kept in a gilded cage
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  • 7/5/2013 8:07 AM Jen Vincent wrote:
    Hi Kerri! Thanks for hosting! I shared a poem about friendship along with a review of Linda Urban's book The Center of Everything which is a lot about friendship. The book takes place during a parade and it reminded me of 4th of July parades. I love parades, they are one of my favorite things about summer. More than anything though, I love spending time with my family, whether it's at a parade, a park, the pool, I love it!

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  • 7/5/2013 8:09 AM Julie Larios wrote:
    Thanks for hosting, Keri. Interesting change at the end of your poem! Over at The Drift Record I have song lyrics by George Gershwin, some thoughts about summer as the Season of Belief, and reflections on Rainier cherries.
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  • 7/5/2013 8:37 AM Mary Lee Hahn wrote:
    Thanks for hosting, Keri! I LOVE your poem! I hope the strike-out at the end is not an edit, but the way you want your poem to read. I like that tinge of fear you get from a curious, but well-armed (beaked?!) little hummer!!

    I'm in with a celebration of language. Like your poem, the video I'm sharing today has a surprise at the end.

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  • 7/5/2013 9:31 AM Robin wrote:
    Today I'm posting links for both Betsy, who is on vacation and myself. Betsy's poem is about Clarity today:


    My poem is about my daughter's latest triumph.

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  • 7/5/2013 9:32 AM Betsy wrote:
    Though it may be slow, I have some limited wifi while I am away camping. My poem is one I wrote ahead of time in hopes I would live it in real life while out in the woods, the cliffs and the water of the upper peninsula of Michigan. Here is my link to my poem, Clarity. http://ithinkinpoems.blogspotcom/2013/07/clarity.html

    I look forward to getting caught up on my poetry reading from all the above and below links when I get home. Thanks for hosting.
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  • 7/5/2013 9:34 AM Sylvia wrote:
    Thanks for hosting, Keri, and sharing your lovely hummingbird poem. My post today is a summary of the Poetry Blast held at the ALA convention in Chicago last weekend-- complete with photos and videoclips. Enjoy! http://poetryforchildren.blogspotcom
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  • 7/5/2013 11:01 AM Carol wrote:
    Wow! What an image! I can't even imagine how amazing it must be to hold the feeder in your hands as the hummingbirds feast. Wow! And there really was one that never ate?

    I'm in today with a few poems celebrating the glory of a summer favorite- watermelon!
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  • 7/5/2013 11:20 AM Violet Nesdoly wrote:
    Lovely poem, Keri. And thanks for hosting. I love that "saber-like beak" in the last line with its hint of danger to you!

    We saw a hummingbird, unusually still, sitting on the branch of a tree some weeks ago. I managed to zoom in and even get a short video of it, turning its head to show a flash of ruby throat. That saber beak was very prominent!

    My PF offering is a summer poem called "Summer Serenade." It's here: http://vnesdolypoems.wordpresscom/2013/07/05/summer-serenade-2/
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  • 7/5/2013 11:50 AM Joy Acey wrote:
    Thank you for hosting. I have two poems about pillows today. One by Marcia Diane. I'm at http://wwwpoetryforkidsjoy.blogspotcom

    Hope you have a happy POETRY FRIDAY.

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  • 7/5/2013 11:58 AM Amy Ludwig VanDerwater wrote:
    Keri - I am grinning away at the thought of this very brave and wise small bird. You brought her to life, and you got her to not only eat with you, but to become your lovely subject! Do check out Susan Taylor Brown's photos at Poppiness if you have not yet seen them.

    Today at The Poem Farm, I have a photo, a poem, and a writing exercise about writing about things not seen... http://wwwpoemfarm.amylvcom/2013/07/this-picture-writing-what-we-do-not-see.html

    Thank you for so graciously hosting!

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  • 7/5/2013 12:06 PM Stefanie wrote:
    My husband has a hopeful hummingbird feeder on our window. He believes they come when we're not here. Great poem!

    I love the time freedom summer allows to read, write and run! I serendipitiously wrote a running poem this week and took a photo to illustrate it.

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  • 7/5/2013 12:28 PM Becky Shillington wrote:
    Beautiful poem, Keri. I love hummingbirds, too! = )

    My Poetry Friday post today is about Summer's First Bite (of peaches). YUM!

    = ) Becky
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  • 7/5/2013 1:46 PM Catherine wrote:
    Kerri, I love your poem. You've done a great job creating the image of a hummingbird approaching a feeder.
    Today I'm sharing Sonnet 30 by William Shakespeare
    Thanks for hosting today!
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  • 7/5/2013 1:55 PM Douglas Florian wrote:
    Over at The Florian Cafe,
    I've created a poem, "As Long As Not!" from an odd BING English translation of a post in Chinese by FB friend of mine , Yan LiLinn. Thanx for hosting, Douglas Florian
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  • 7/5/2013 2:05 PM Douglas Florian wrote:
    Lost in Translation poem at The Florian Cafe:
    Thanks for hosting.
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  • 7/5/2013 2:51 PM Cathy wrote:
    I am fascinated by hummingbirds and enjoyed your poem. Lately I have noticed how people place hummingbird feeds on their windows so they can see the birds better. Your poem takes hummingbird feeders to a whole new level of adventure.

    Loved these lines:
    Thirsty in the summer scorch
    Breathless, I watched miniscule muscles
    ripple along their crowns as they sipped,

    Thank you for hosting today's event. I have two original poems about freedom at:


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  • 7/5/2013 3:14 PM barcek and wrote:
    Keri, the artwork is mine. I did get to sit on a cliff and smell earth's song a bit. Loved it. Pictures coming soon. thanks for you question and comment on my blog.
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  • 7/5/2013 6:23 PM Little Willow wrote:
    I posted Under the light by Emily Dickinson at Bildungsroman today. Thanks for hosting the roundup!
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  • 7/5/2013 6:55 PM Colette Bennett wrote:
    Finally found this week's Poetry Friday!
    Enjoyed your poem..."saber-like beak indeen! Some hummingbirds are downright nasty.
    My post was a 4th of July tie-in with Springsteen's "Born in the USA"; discovered it is far more anti-war than celebrating America. See post at http://usedbooksinclasscom/2013/07/04/july-4th-poetry-friday-springsteens-born-in-the-usa/
    Thank you for hosting....you have your hands full here!
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  • 7/5/2013 7:19 PM Mandy Robek wrote:
    I found a book for the first day of school that brings song and poetry together reminding me of my childhood.

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