Happy Poetry Friday! Irene Latham, today’s Poetry Friday host and all-around inspiring human being, requested that bloggers share poems about the moon. Irene is celebrating her new poetry collection, THE MUSEUM ON THE MOON, about objects people have left on the moon. One of my favorite poems about the moon (and apparently also Irene’s!) is the late Karla Kuskin’s “Write About a Radish.” Here’s how it starts:
Write About a Radish. . .
Write about a radish Too many people write about the moon. The night is black The stars are small and high (You can find the rest of the poem here...if you do not know it, click away!)
I decided to copy…er, pay homage to Karla Kuskin’s poem with one of my own.
Write About a Firefly…
Write about a firefly
Too many poets shine about the moon.
Dusk has fallen
Stars are strewn across the lawn
They flicker, flash, sparkle, swoon
The field is glowing
Speckled like a newborn fawn
Whose spotlights fade when moonset greets the dawn.
Maybe I should have followed directions and actually written about the moon? That is, of course, what Karla Kuskin did in “Write About a Radish.”
Here’s a poem from the way-back machine about the moon (but definitely not in June!) It was published in Spider in 2014, and illustrated beautifully by Kristina Swarner:
Happy Poetry Friday! Head over to Live Your Poem to find links to all the moony delights.