Poetry Friday: Community

Welcome to Poetry Friday which is being held at Buffy’s Blog.  Thanks, Buffy.  This is our school garden. It’s been a several year project coming to fruition by a fabulous committee, the donations for Home Depot, and parents who will care take over the summer.  It was my inspiration for writing some garden poems recently.



a garden
of sunflower
seeds, peas, and beans. Each
row different. We
learned about dirt. It felt
damp, silky smooth with wiggly
worms. We watched as seedlings sprouted
like little edible tree forests.
We planted a garden. Community.

©Jone Rush MacCulloch, 2014


Happy Friday.

Happy Poetry.


Celebrate: Five Star Things About the Week


It’s Saturday. Time to celebrate all the goodness of the week at Ruth Ayres Writes.


Summer vacation has begun as of today!  Our last day of school was yesterday. While bittersweet with eight people leaving us, it was a joyous day. So much love to be shared by students, staff, and parents.


Last weekend I was at my brother’s graduation from the Southern California Health Institute.  Forty years ago this month I graduated from Lewis and Clark College.  This weekend is our fortieth reunion.  Good to catch up with people.


Kindergartners who brought me cards for reading to them all year.  Singing “Metamorphosis” with the minders…it’s a song about change.


I was accepted into the Darcy Pattison Revision Retreat along with 19 other people. In January 2015 (six months away).


Getting my first summer poem in the mail for the Summer Poetry Swap from Diane Mayr.  Thanks, Diane.

What are you celebrating?

Poetry Friday Happening Here!


Let the summer begin. I am posting early to get the party started.  Please share your poems and links and I will add throughout the day.

Today is the last day of another school year.  It’s bittersweet.  Eight staff members are moving on.  I found a William Carlos Williams poem to share.

Summer Song

Wanderer moon
smiling a
faintly ironical smile
at this
brilliant, dew-moistened
summer morning,—
a detached
sleepily indifferent
smile, a
wanderer’s smile,—
if I should
buy a shirt
your color and
put on a necktie
where would they carry me?

William Carlos Williams, 1883 – 1963


Over at Alphabet Soup, Jama shares three poems from Poem-Mobiles by J. Patrick Lewis, Douglas Florian and Jeremy Holmes.

Kurious Kitty shares a poem also called “Summer Song,” but this one is by John Ciardi.

And, at KK’s Kwotes, there’s a quote by Ciardi, which Diane believes fits well with what a poet does.

You’ll find another poem from Diane’s Sketchbook Project, inspired by the photos of Lewis Wickes Hine.

Margaret from Reflection on the Teche has some thoughts about revision and a bluesy poem about rising from the ashes.

Laura Shovan has bears on the brain right now. Black bears have been sighted in our suburban community recently. In their honor, I’m sharing a Gary Snyder poem: “this poem is for bear”.

At Bookseedstudio, there’s a poem by William Jay Smith. Hope you can visit.

Jeff finished cleaning his classroom today, so he had end of year thoughts as well. His attempt at poetry is located HERE.

Iphigene is in today at GatheringBooks with Pablo Neruda’s Ode to the Tomato.

Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty, she features her second regular contributor: Carrie Clickard, who introduces her role as “Rhyme Crime Investigator.”

Monica is posting a simple tweet she came across this week that spoke to her like a poem.

Matt two posts to share: one is an original poem he’s posting today and the other is his review of the poetry collection, “S is for Sea Glass,” which was posted this past Tuesday.

Lisa shares for the first time here at Poetry Friday.

Robyn Hood Black has a few lines from a summer poem by Rosetti that mentions the moon, too.


Little Willow has love is a place by e.e. cummings at her blog, Bildungsroman.

Today at The Poem Farm, Amy  has a small poem about corn – and children – growing.

At readertotz they are celebrating Shel Silverstein’s 50 Year Anniversary with A Giraffe and a Half.

At On Pointe Lorie Ann  shares a haiku this morning, By Grace.

Jen at Mentor Texts shares a  ee cummings poem.

Tabatha Yeatts has a poem by   Hilaire Belloc.

Welcome Holly. Her first time here. She shares some of her favorite novels in verse.

Sylvia shares a a fun summer poem today, “Family Vacation” by Allan Wolf from the PFA.

Joy  has a poetry party game “I wish I was______________.” Hop over to  if you’d like to play.

Irene has an adorable poem written as part of Tabatha’s Poem Swap… by Tabatha herself! “Fox Writes a Note.”

Laura has an original poem, “The Birth of Old Man River” , along with musings about what I’m doing with some of my unpublished, unmarketable poetry collections.

Reading at the Core has Walt Whitman’s “Miracles.”

Mary Lee offers us three fun rhyming/poetry picture books
AND there are still dates open on the PF Roundup calendar for July-Dec 2014.

Jeanine wrote  about revising a poetry manuscript.


 Donna shares Age, Aging, Aged.
At Booktalking #kidlit,  Anastasia has a snippet of a poem from Indivisible: Poems for Social Justice.

See what’s happening at My Juicy Little Universe.



From Dori Reads, a few explorer poems.

Carol  at  Beyond Literacy Link wrote an original poem inspired by the WCW poem above.

Cathy at Merely By Day has a baseball poem, “Pitcher.”

Janet Squires has“Good Sports : Rhymes about Running, Jumping, Throwing, and More” by Jack Prelutsky with illustrations by Chris Raschka.



Happy Poetry.
Happy Friday.


Celebrate: Five Star Things About the Week

20140614-094404.jpgIt’s Saturday, time to reflect on the week at Ruth Ayres Writes.

My five star things this week is all wrapped into one:

Currently in California to be with family and watch my brother graduate. It’s his second career. After thirty years of working in space industry, he was let go/retired three years ago. So today he graduates from Southern California Health Institute.
I am staying with my niece and her family. It’s so fun to get to be around my four year old great nephew.

What are you celebrating?

Celebrate: Five Star Things About the Week

It’s Saturday and time to celebrate at Ruth Ayres Writes..

The used book fair this week. I wrote about it HERE. Update to the Tuesday writing: we sold over a thousand books!
Saying good-bye to fifth graders. School doesn’t end until June 20 but yesterday was my last class with two classes as I will be gone next Friday.
I wanted to take a moment to let them know how much I love being able to teach them for six years (the ones since kindergarten). It’s such a gift to see them grow as readers.
Time to honor a retiring teacher librarian. She was reticent about the celebration. But hey, when you have taught over forty years, you should celebrate, right?
I finished The Book Thief. What an incredible book. It took me awhile to get into it but wow. The language and emotions in the book. Now on my re-read list.
I found out I will be on the library leadership team next year. With the changes coming to our job, it’s a good time to be on the team.

What are you celebrating?

Celebrate: Five Star Things About the Week


I am a day late but here’s my celebrations for the week. More can be found at Ruth Ayres Writes.

I submitted my application in to the Darcy Pattison Revision Retreat in January 15. It includes the first ten pages of my manuscript. Hopefully I will be one of twenty to go.

Organizing used books for our used book fair. Paper backs are a quarter and hardback fifty cents. Here comes summer reading.

Read Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord. What a great book to begin the summer.

Getting out in the yard, attacking weeds, and pruning. I have had shoulder issues since February and such activity aggravated the situation.

Walking. I have a FitBit which records your steps. I finally hit my ten thousand step daily step goal twice this week. Woo hoo!

What are you celebrating?