Welcome to Poetry Friday! I’ve had a busy couple of months, filled with travel for young author presentations, school visits, and a big work-for-hire project. I’m looking forward to a more relaxed summer–but not so relaxed that I return to my slacker ways and forget to write! In an effort to jumpstart some summer writing, I participated in The Love of Poetry Challenge that was meandering around Facebook the past couple of weeks, and decided to write some poems to go with the gazillion and one photographs I’ve taken in May.
My inspiration for one poem was Elaine Magliaro’s “Things to Do If You Are a Pencil,” from Falling Down the Page: A Book of List Poems edited by Georgia Heard. I love the way this poem turns a pencil into a dancer who creates a poem:
Things to Do If You Are a Pencil
Wear a slick yellow suit
and a pink top hat.
Tap your toes on the tabletop,
(read the rest of the poem here.)
Last week I got the chance to get up close and personal with a trilling gray tree frog, and think about things that froggy might do. My husband was clearing a clogged gutter and scared a calling male tree frog off a downspout. I further tormented the poor frog by moving him to a photogenic spot for his portrait. He leapt away after a few shots–here is the list poem I wrote as a tribute to him:
Things to Do If You Are a Tree Frog
Thaw in springtime. Climb a tree
from branch to branch.
Stick the landing with your toes.
Dress in barky gray or leafy green.
Join a choir.
Trill from treetops.
Wait for love to find you.
—Buffy Silverman, all rights reserved
This style must have seeped into my brain, because I found myself starting another list poem today for Laura Salas’ 15 word-or-less challenge. The dangling window washer’s boots that were in the challenge photograph somehow disappeared when I expanded the poem, but the window (or at least the window ledge) remains in this draft:
Things to Do If You Are a Window Ledge:
Cradle a nest of falcons.
Feel the grip of ivy’s roots.
Adopt a flower box.
Wear a cloak of cat or squirrel.
Warm up in the summer sun.
Welcome an evening breeze.
—Buffy Silverman, all rights reserved
Come fill your Friday with poetry! Please leave your links in the comment section, and I’ll add them throughout the day.
Jan Annino shares lines of a summer hat poem from E.B. White, an original summer poem, and a list of cool tips for a pregnant pal in humid hot, heated Florida.
Laura Purdie Salas and the other members of the Poetry Seven have been writing odes. Laura pays tribute to junk food.
Robyn Hood Black is studying nursery rhymes and offers a couple of views of “Mary, Mary.” I vote for the cowslips.
Jama’s Alphabet Soup is serving one of my favorite desserts–brownies–with a poem and recipe from Judyth Hill.
Penny Parker Klostermann features a trio of guests on A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt: the poetry and artwork of Carrie Finnison and Carrie’s son and daughter.
Diane Mayr has an original and updated take on “Summertime” at Random Noodling. At Kurious Kitty Diane celebrates National Donut Day.
Joyce Ray has taken up the fiddle! Her violin lessons inspired an original poem, based on the “Say” poems by Nikki Grimes in her book Words with Wings.
Kelly Ramsdell Fineman has also been writing odes and shares one with an…errr… provocative title: “Ode to the F-word.”
Matt Forrest Esenwine shares an original poem and invites folks to check out his post about Poetry Voiceovers.
Over at Friendly Fairytales, Brenda is traveling by magic carpet ride with her original poem.
It’s time for a new challenge at Today’s Little Ditty. Michelle welcomes Corey Rosen Schwartz and her latest picture book, WHAT ABOUT MOOSE?
Tanita Davis also shares an ode today. She sings to her bling with an Ode to Adornment.
A special congratulations to Linda Baie who retires today after teaching for 26 years! She’s thinking less of what’s next and more of just being present.
Carol Varsalona invites Poetry Friday friends to contribute a poem/photo combination to her newest gallery. She shares “Envisioning Spring’s Symphony.”
Lorie Ann Grover has some thoughts of a feathered nature with her haiku, Beak Retreat.
Greg Pincus is also celebrating National Donut Day over at Gottabook!
Over at The Drift Record Julie is thinking of 1) squirrels, 2) transcendentalists and 3) talent, all via a little poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson called “Fable.”
Tabatha Yeatts shares shares an Australian bush poem today by Louis Lavater.
Today at The Poem Farm, Amy has an apology poem and an invitation to notebookers!
And here’s another ode from Andromeda–exploring the sad and rrrrrrippiting connection between frogs and knitting.
Speaking of odes (and seven of you are) Sara is thinking tangentially with her “An Ode to…well you’ll see–I think” at Read Write Believe.
Heidi is back with a “Things To Do” poem, this one by Bobbi Katz (who Heidi thinks invented the form) who inspired the poem of Elaine that inspired the poems of Buffy.
Tricia has also been writing odes. I’ll admit that I often find myself thinking of new lines/rewriting a poem on the porcelain throne. Tricia found inspiration there too with her “Ode to Where My Backside’s Been.”
Kimberley shares a poetic recipe for bread starter that’s handed down from baker to baker…and teaching second graders!
Mary Lee shares a poem by Billy Collins and her own thoughts about silence as the school year comes to a close. Be sure to answer Mary Lee’s call for roundup hosts for July-December.
Over at Reflections on the Teche Margaret has written a poem from the notes she took while listening to a traiteur, a Creole healer.
Jim shares an original pantoum (which my auto-corrector wants to change to phantom..) that should put us all in mind for summer: “I’m Jealous of the Watermelon Seed.”
Donna has been playing in the tall grass, and has a poem to show for it at Mainely Write.
Liz is also contributing an ode–this one inspired by her curls and her girls.
There’s a birthday party (have a happy!) with plenty of cat love (or at least cat poems) at Gathering Books.
Ruth shares “Deep Enough to Dream” a summery song by Chris Rice.
Sherry shares Tolkien’s “Goblin Feet” at Semicolon.
Janet reviews “Doggy slippers: poems by Jorge Lujan” (with the contribution of Latin American children), translated by Elisa Amado with pictures by Isol.
If you’ve spent too much time in the sun and need a little cool down, head over to Dori Reads for a n(ice) penguin poem by Dennis Webster.
Speaking of the weather, Joy knows what to do on a gray day. Read her poem, “Of this Day,” on Poetry for Kids Joy.
Jone shares three student poems at Check It Out.
At her Hatbooks blog, Holly writes about the Kenji Miyazawa poem “Ame ni mo makezu” often translated as “Strong in the Rain.”
Over at TeachingAuthors April shares 3 Ways to Inspire A Poem…with a poem about a little god who’s looking for a poem…and what the clouds say about that.
Cathy has been watching fluff floating in the air. She shares two poems about “summer snow.”
Happy Yesterday Birthday to Ramona, and her birthday twin–Joyce Sidman. Ramona is celebrating Joyce’s poetry, in honor of their shared birthday.
Over at Poetry for Children Sylvia shares this week’s exciting poetry news: Jacqueline Woodson is the new Young People’s Poet Laureate! Sylvia also shares a favorite poem from Jacqueline’s Brown Girl Dreaming.
That’s all for now, folks. If I missed your link or made an error please let me know!