Poetry Friday: The Late Edition with Be Glad Your Nose is on Your Face by Jack Pretlusky


Poetry Friday was hosted by Violet with a fabulous recap of Poetry Camp.

On Thursday, I came home from school and after dinner instead of writing my posts (one for Deowriter), I fell asleep.  And Friday was just a busy day at school.  I can usually squeeze in the writing of the posts as I usually know what I’m going to post but that was not to be yesterday.

Oh, it’s been quite a week.  Attending Poetry Camp last weekend was one of the highlights of 2016.  Being in the company of almost forty poets left my heart full.  One of the best parts of the weekend, was listening to Jack Pretlusky who was the first Poet Laureate for Children.  He rarely performs anymore so it was a real treat.


I was delighted to hear him perform the following poem.  Some of my Poetry Rocks kids have performed it.  I can’t wait to share the video with them.

Be Glad Your Nose Is on Your Face
Be glad your nose is on your face,
not pasted on some other place,
for if it were where it is not,
you might dislike your nose a lot.
Imagine if your precious nose
were sandwiched in between your toes,
that clearly would not be a treat,
for you’d be forced to smell your feet.
Your nose would be a source of dread
were it attached atop your head,
it soon would drive you to despair,
forever tickled by your hair.
The rest of the poem is HERE

CYBILS Update:

Nominations for the CYBILS are open until next Saturday, October 15, 2016.  To date, Poetry has twenty plus nominations.  We’d love to have more!  Please nominate HERE.

Need some ideas?  Visit this post at Poetry for Children.  Happy nominating.

Happy Friday.

Happy Poetry.



Poetry Friday: Snow


Thank you Keri for hosting today at Keri Recommends..

Temperatures drop
We wait for arrival of snow.
Temperatures drop
We bundle up in warm clothing.
We want to see how fast sleds go.
No fun sliding down the hill slow
Temperatures drop

© 2014 Jone Rush MacCulloch all rights reserved

We had our first snowy-icy storm of the season yesterday. Some districts closed and others like mine called for a two hour delay. While the television stations called the event “Snowvember”, there wasn’t much snow. But I wonder if this foreshadows what to expect this winter.

Happy Friday.
Happy Poetry.

Poetry Friday: Poetry Postcard Project


Third grade haiku postcards

You can receive a postcard during National Poetry Month.  This is the fourth year students at my school have created poetry postcards to send hither and yon.

So far postcards are goong to the following states:

New York

Where else will they go? 

This year’s postcards will be from kindergarten (fibonacci poems) and third grade (mostly haiku). 

It’s been asked if a postcard should be sent in return, no need but if you want to, the school address will be on the return address.

If you want one, please email me at macrush53 at yahoo dot com.  I will put you on the list to get one for National Poetry Month.

Poetry Round Up is at A Year of Reading.  Thank you, Mary Lee.

Happy Reading.


Poetry Friday: Exploring the Limerick

Don’t expect me to publish a chapbook of limericks anytime soon.  But the Poetry Stretch Challenge was to write limericks.  Here are mine.

Can you tell spring break starts after school today?

Students were awaiting spring break
Hoping the rain was really fake
They laughed loud in the halls
And danced up the walls
as the playground became a lake

Staff members were very gleeful
passing of time rather mournful
Seven hours ’til spring break
needed time to escape
return relaxed and more playful

Cynthia Reeg has some helpful tips about writing a limerick HERE.

Seven days until the beginning of NATIONAL POETRY MONTH! Here’s what I am doing to celebrate!

Thirty Days, Thirty Students, Thirty Poems

 I will post a student poem per day.


Would you like an original poem delivered to your mailbox instead of a bill? 

 Email me your address at macrush53 at yahoo dot com

 I will send you an original student written poem. Students will not have access to your personal information.  You can see who is participating and where HERE.

Poetry Friday is at Julie Larios’ blog, The Drift Record.

Happy Friday. Spring Break is almost here. Yippee!


Poetry Friday: Hosting, The Kyrielle, and Poetry Month Announcement

I look forward to the prompts each Monday at The MissRumphius Effect.  This week it was the Kyrielle – a kyrielle is divided into couplets, each pair of lines ending with the same word which acts as the refrain.

Well, I racked my brain (some weeks they pop right in and other not so much).  

 Ode to Poetry Friday

Winter poems, spring poems, poems for today
come along, play along, it’s Poetry Friday

Old favorites, poetry stretch, original word play
Share one, share two it’s Poetry Friday

Some interview what poets have to say
others review the latest on Poetry Friday

Don’t be shy, linger awhile, and enter the fray
I’m rounding  up links, it’s Poetry Friday

Leave your link, don’t delay
Will post them in a blink, it’s Poetry Friday

I have three more poems at Deowriter.

Other Kidlitosphere poems to read can be found here:

The O’Dark-Thirty Crowd (PST)

Laura at Author Amok: “Birmingham, 1963” — Carole Boston Weatherford’s picture-book in verse about the Civil Rights Era church bombing that killed four young girls.

Jeannine Atkins blogged about writing poetry from history, and how it’s a bit like making soup.

Jama at Alphabet Soup is sharing Taylor Mali’s “The the Impotence of Proofreading.”

Linda has an original poem, “After the Storm.” 

Happy Birthday, Irene, who is sharing a e.e. cummings poem, “So Many Candles”.

Jenni Bell has an original poem, “Ritual.”

Lauara Salas presents “Slobbery,” from her poems about pets book. Some people have written some fabulous 15 Words or Less poems at http://laurasalas.livejournal.com/201906.html. It’s not too late to join in!

Jim Danielson is  checking in with an original olympic haiku.

Mary Lee at A Year of Reading has some song lyrics that “spoke” to her this week.

Janet at Across the Page shares a Linda Pastan poem called “What We Want.”

Tabatha Yeatts  posted about her daughter’s family poetry project.

Sally at PaperTigers shares Maira Kalman and her Max books.

Elaine at Wild Rose Reader got her Internet back in time to give us an original acrostic titled MARCH.

Karen is in with a poem from Thomas Merton. It’s here

Sara checks in with some Seuss love and thoughts on “serious play.

The Book Maven brings us her first contribution to Poetry Friday after reading the posts for awhile.

Mid-Morning Break

Martha C.  has Charlotte Zolotow’s “No One Would Believe.”

Kim of Portland offers “The Tongue”.

Tiel Aisha Ansari has written and original sonnet  Butterfly Watching .

Ruth is thankful for surviving and earthquake and shares a Wallace Stevens poem HERE.

Christine is sharing part two of an original poem by her  daughter, putting a new spin on Alice in Wonderland.

Tricia has the poem “Birds Small Enough” by Donald Revell.

Father Goose posted the “The Smell of Old Books” at FATHER GOOSE blog.

Cazzy Librarian is mourning the loss of her cat HERE.

Today at TeachingAuthors, April Halprin Wayland shares a “very, very, VERY rough draft” of an original Question Poem in her Writing Workout.

Kelly has “Percy Bysshe Shelley‘s Lines: The Cold Earth Slept Below”. 

Evening Dessert

Tanita has more winter poetry.

Breanne has a discussion of using poetry circles much like literature circles HERE.

Amanda has a review of Think Again, a collection of poems, over at my blog, A Patchwork of Books.

Another birthday has Stacy thinking about middle age with the poem, “Crossroads” at Some Novel Ideas. Have a wonderful day on Saturday, Stacy.

Anastasia has a Community Helpers book for PreK-1: Police: Hurrying! Helping! Saving! by Patricia Hubbell, as a 6 traits writing model (for grades 2 and up.)

Anne Shirley is in her brand new home, with a favorite poem by Wallace Stevens: “The House Was Quiet and the World Was Calm.”

Elaine honored her mother who turned 92 on Wednesday with a poem at Blue Rose Girls. The poem is titled “February Twilight” and was written by Sara Teasdale.

At Random Noodling I look at the new issue of Prune Juice.

Kurious Kitty looks at After Frost: An Anthology of Poetry from New England.

At Kurious K’s Kwotes you’ll find a quote by Robert Frost.

Nicole has a post about Willy Wonka. 

I think I got everyone who commented.  After the mid-morning break, school got wild.  Had a book discussion group for lunch. Discussed  The Thief Lord with 8 boys and 1 girl.  Very fun.



Would you like an original poem delivered to your mailbox instead of a bill?  Email me your address at macrush53 at yahoo dot com.  I will send you an original student written poem.

Please leave you links in the comments.  I will try to update throughout the day(may not be in a blink) between classes.

Happy Reading. 


Poetry Friday: Responding to Prompts

Poetry Stretch at The Miss Rumphius Effect: snow
Haiku Bones: uncanny
HaikuVery Much: honey
One Single Impression: blowing the curve

city snow ballet
uncanny semblance between
desert sand tangos

dances end, silence lingers
weather blowing the curve


snow begs us to play
followed by tea with honey
forget daily grind

Can’t help myself this week.  Great Kid Books is hosting Poetry Friday.

Happy Reading.


Poetry Friday: Playing with the “Zeno” Form

Pat Lewis introduced the world to his new poetry form, the “zeno” on Monday at The Miss Rumphius Effect.  It is a mathematical pattern featuring syllables of 8-4-2-1-4-2-1-4-2-1 with an “abcdefdghd” rhyme scheme.

Timing is everything.  This week with parent teacher conferences and that spooky holiday tomorrow, it provided opportunity to play with the form.

I worked with three classes, two fourth grade classes and one fifth grade class. After sharing the examples of Lewis’ poems,  each group thought of rhyming words, and counted syllables while writing  down lines and revising.  Here are their efforts(with thanks to Pat Lewis for a first line idea):

Ms Padden’s fifth grade class:

One dark, windy night, too frightful
cheers from monsters
when they come out
they are coming

Mr. Baker’s fourth grade class:

A dark windy night so frightful
Bats fill the sky
Predators hunt
black cats stalk prey

Mrs. Fisher’s Class:

A dark windy night so frightful!
sweet trick or treat
flying fiercely
running around
with black

Found it helpful to have the students begin with a list of rhyming words to begin.

My own zeno is here.  Poetry Friday is hosted by Jennie at Bibliofile

Happy Reading.


Double Dactyl! I Wrote One!

Tricia proposed that we write a “double dactyl” poem at Poetry Stretch .She stretched me. I did it. Quality not guaranteed.

Thanks to the new Skippyjon Jones book, Lost in Spice, for inspiration.

holy guacamole
Judy Schachner author
Siamese cat chihuahua
Skippyjon plots

he bounces big boy bed
closet is planet Mars
perritos amigos
book checked out lots


More can be found at Miss Rumphius Effect.

Happy Reading.