One of my favorite moments of April’s poetry celebration was receiving a poetry postcard from Ethan, a student at Silver Star School. The postcards are a project of Jone, at Check it Out, and her students. I was so impressed with Ethan’s poem and art! I love the way Ethan balances light and dark in his words and drawing. His poem inspired my own:
You beeline, bend
through yin and yang:
fragrant blossom, skunky night
soothing current, blaring fright
an earthy taste, an acrid tang.
Your mind designs
shivered darkness, warming light
diminished hope, dreaming flight
a scam, a scheme, a steadfast duty.
you reach for more:
solo ride, a teammate’s soul
bigger slice, a part of whole;
awash with worth, you share and soar.
In other news, a story that I wrote many, many years ago is in Click this month. Paula Morrow accepted the story for Ladybug (in 2002!) and it got lost in the shuffle after she left the magazine. I’m happy that the editors fished it out for Click and delighted that it’s finally published (and I love Paige Billin-Frye’s illustrations for the story.) It’s a story that aims to teach nonfiction through a fiction format–you know, the kind that writers are told editors hate and you should avoid writing at all costs? I guess I wrote it before I knew any better! You and your favorite five-year old can listen to it here.
Today’s Poetry Friday host is Anastasia Suen of Booktalking.