Poetry Friday: Art, Music, and Postcards


Welcome come to Poetry Friday.  Today it’s hosted by Kimberly at Written Reflections.


Tabatha Yeatts suggested quite the challenge: match music to poetry.  I didn’t think I could make this happen and yet when I received this postcard from Donna as part of a postcard exchange, Enya’s  Orinoco Flow (Sail Away) came to mind.


Creating art and exchanging it was great fun.  I received these:

postcards PF

postcards in the mailbox
four by six
art pieces flung out
into the world

Left: from Lisa in Washington DC.
Middle: from Donna in Maine
Right: from Amy, Oregon (and organizer of the exchange) PS  Amy heads up Get Sparked as well.

Speaking of postcards, it’s not too early to signup for the Poetry Postcard Project for National Poetry Month.  Fill out this FORM or go HERE.

Be sure to return Sunday, February 14th for the big reveal of the 2015 CYBILS Poetry Award.  I am very pleased and excited.

Happy Poetry.

Happy Friday.

Poetry Friday: Ask Me by William Stafford


Poetry Friday is being held at Reading to the Core.

Throughout Oregon this month, there have been reading of William Stafford’s poems. It’s his birthday month.  One of my favorite pomes is “Ask Me.”  I share it today remembering how lucky I was to know this man.

Ask Me by William Stafford

Some time when the river is ice ask me
mistakes I have made. Ask me whether
what I have done is my life. Others
have come in their slow way into
my thought, and some have tried to help
or to hurt: ask me what difference
their strongest love or hate has made.

I will listen to what you say.
You and I can turn and look
at the silent river and wait. We know
the current is there, hidden; and there
are comings and goings from miles away
that hold the stillness exactly before us.
What the river says, that is what I say.

Happy Friday.

Happy Poetry.


Celebrate: Five Star Things About the Week


Time to celebrate the goodness of the week. Go to Ruth Ayres Writes for more celebrations.


This quote: “Focus on the good.” Focus is my OLW for 2016.


Creating art this afternoon. Playing with watercolor so and photos.


Practicing self care. It’s okay to spend the afternoon reading. Which I did yesterday. Finished The Hired Girl by Amy Schlitz.


Meeting with my writing group. I missed December because I was ill. Such great discussions.


Getting back on track with blogging and writing. It’s been difficult to be consistent. Am focusing on writing routines.

Poetry Friday: Ones that Got Away


Tara at A Teaching Life is hosting Poetry Friday. Thank you, Tara.


Well, Round Two judges are at work determining which of the stellar seven  finalists will win the CYBILS Award for Poetry.  There were many deserving nominations this year.  The inclusion of verse novels has added a new dimension to the category.

Here are three other nominations that were among my top picks but alas we could only select seven.

AUDACITY by Melanie Crowder:  This is loosely based on the life of Clara Lemlich Shavelson, leader of the 1909 shirtwaist strike. Travel back to New York City in the early 1900’s. The city has many sweatshops where young girls like Clara find work. Clara is a Russian Jew whose family has fled discrimination in Russia.

Clara discovers that opportunities are limited for women. She is determined to change working conditions and become educated.  A powerful historical story based on interviews of family and research. The poetry is lyrical and moving.

i’ll admit historical fiction is among my favorite genres so AUDACITY made my shortlist.

RANDOM BODY PARTS: GROSS ANATOMY RIDDLES IN VERSE by Leslie Bulion is a fun collection of poems About our body. I’m thinking it would fit with our third grade body system perfectly.

The illustrations by Mike Lowery have magnified photos of the organs and are presented in a collage format.

There’s a diagram of the human body with info about the different poetry forms.

This is a book filled with plenty of kid appeal.

AMAZING PLACES by Lee Bennett Hopkins. When Hopkins puts together an anthology of poems, you know it will have outstanding poets such as Nikki Grimes, Janet Wong, and Joseph Bruchac. From Denali National Park to Oneida Nations Museum throughout the United States are highlighted. The illustrations are gorgeous. I can see readers of any age pouring over these poems.

I wish all the shortlisted books could be finalists but alas only seven can go forward. The nominations this year were deep. Until the CYBILS are announce on February 14, enjoy these three books.

Happy Friday.

Happy Poetry.




Poetry Friday: Poetry Rocks


Poetry Friday is hosting by Keri Recommends.

I have been in a GLAD  training all week.  It’s been a great week but my brain hurts.  In the morning, we’ve watched demonstration lessons in a first grade classroom.  In the afternoon, we’ve been working on GLAD units of study.  No surprise, mine is on poetry.

Part of the Guided Oral Reading is creating chants.  So this is mine.  In the next few weeks, I will be co-teaching the poetry unit with a second grade teacher.



We just know what we’ve been
We just know what we’ve been told

Poetry is good for the soul
Poetry is good for the soul

Alliteration, repetition too,
Alliteration, repetition too,

Always creates a mood
Always creates a mood

Sound off!  Poetry!
Sound off!  Similes!
1-2-3-4…Poetry Rocks

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Happy Friday.
Happy Poetry.