This summer I again participated in the summer poetry swap, organized by Tabatha Yeatts. Like most of you, my mailbox is usually home to bills and catalogs. But not in the summer–every couple of weeks my mailbox grins with poetry treats! And because I’m generous, I’m willing to share my goodies.
My summer adventure kicked-off with a collage and poem from Keri Collins Lewis. I loved Keri’s invitation to explore:
Next up, Carol Varsalona gifted me a nature journal and a poem inspired by her morning observation–a good model for said-journal!
In pensive stillness,
From the window
She came in peace,
not in sight.
careful to hide
her caramel silhouette.
into the silence,
as if with
caught her eye.
passed on by.
Heidi Mordhorst used Tabatha’s terrific poetry swap logo and my own nature/science obsession to inspire her colorful poem:
green rides into yellow
glowing molecules of chlorophyll
rolling through particles golden as pollen
motion of stem sugaring under sunshine
Imagine my surprise when I opened Margaret Simon‘s envelope and saw that some of my monarch photos that I had posted on Facebook had inspired her poem! Margaret also gave me plaque/collage she made, with a raft of buffleheads (my favorite water fowl) and the good advice to “Be impeccable with your word.”
From a swamp milkweed,
caterpillar sheds his newborn skin
earning stripes along the way,
a monarch grows.
From a neaby leaf,
chrysalis dangles like a green lantern
darkening more each day
a monarch grows.
From a see-through shelter,
butterfly unfolds as a scarf from a magicians’s hand,
spreads wide orange kite-wings,
a monarch flies.
Thanks for the treats, summer swappers. It’s been a welcome respite from what’s going on in the world today. (As have been the green lanterns I’ve got dangling at home, waiting for that magician’s hand to work its wonders.)
And finally, to make a long post even longer, I’m sharing a timely story I wrote for the July/August issue of Click Magazine. Back in April the editor asked me to write a read-aloud story about the upcoming eclipse. Feel free to read it with your favorite 5 or 6 year old and try out the activities!
Happy eclipse watching, and Happy Poetry Friday. Be sure to visit Kay for all of this week’s posts.