Celebrate: Five Star Things About the Week


It’s Saturday; time to reflect on the goodness of the week. Thanks to Ruth we have a place to share at Ruth Ayres Writes.

Community: I hosted Poetry Friday yesterday. It’s always fun to see who shares poems, originals, and poetry books. Yesterday didn’t disappoint.

Perseverance: Nothing like awaking early this morning, adding a late entry to Poetry Friday, and clicking something which causes all your work to dissapear. So I needed to persevere and rewrite my Poetry Friday post.

Friendship: This week, I was able to have lunch dates with friends. The end of summer means catching up with friends in a leisurely way.

Students and Parents: Thursday evening we had our annual back-to-school bar-b-que. It was so great to reconnect with families after summer break. Students meet their teachers for the coming year.

Poems: I received a poem in the mail this week from Margaret Simon. (plan to share next Friday). The Summer Poetry Swap was a great way to be connected to community and keep writing.

What are you celebrating?


Celebrate: Five Star Things About the Week


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

Getting some organizing task completed. I saw an orthopedic surgeon this week. He wants to do surgery this coming week (hopefully) or by July 23. There’s not much I will be able to do once surgery happens. I feel this great need to clean and organize the house. So today I spent time in the garage and guest room. Some of it is on my “summer to do” list.

Green plants!

20140712-182536.jpg As I have stated to friends recently “Our house will end up like Briar Roses’ castle”, this is proof that it’s actually happening. And with my shoulder, pruning is not a task I should do.


20140712-182839.jpg Watching grandgirl in her pool. This picture just cracks me up. I celebrate her joyous nature.

I finished the book Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams. It’s a powerful book written in verse. An editor suggested I read it as a mentor text.
Also recently read Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Time to have breakfast and catch up with friends this week. It’s what I love about summer.

What are you celebrating?

Poetry Friday: Summer Poetry Postcard


Poetry Friday is upon us. Write Time is hosting us today. It’s her first time so here’s a big welcome. Thanks for hosting us all.

I returned from my time in Idaho to find a poetry postcard from Joy Acey.  How fun to recieve one after sending out many in April.


Here’s to dreams coming true.

Happy Friday.

Happy Poetry.


Celebrate: Five Star Things About the Week

There’s always so much to celebrate each Saturday. More celebrations can be found at Ruth Ayres Writes.

I love summer. Love the easier, slower pace of life. We left to visit our Idaho friends on Wedneday. One of the best parts f the trip is the ever changing sky.


While not the news I had hoped for, I found the source of my shoulder pain plaguing me for the past five months. Had an MRI on Monday. It revealed a complete muscle tear with a partial tear. I see the ortho surgeon on Tuesday. So I celebrate knowing what’s wrong and how to proceed.

Small town parades. We love the Buhl, ID Independence Day parade. This year we had oldest grand girl with us. She loved the throwing of the candy in to the crowds. One of the highlights for me is the gigantic farm machines.


Found poetry at Hagerman Park. Our tradition includes the annual picnic in the park. Yesterday, it was quite warm. This was found painted on the sidewalk.


And the evening f the fourth is always filled with fireworks. What is it about sparklers that are so magical? And why do kids love smoke bombs so much?



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


Each week, many hater at Ruth Ayres Writes to celebrate our week.

Thirty Days of Student Poetry
Here are some more to share for today:

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Spring Break. It’s been a good break and I am a bit sad to say good-bye. Will relish today and tomorrow.


Time with grand girl.  I visited her school and I taught poetry to the class.  Then after afterschool, she decided to be a “therapist”  after I told her “9 YO girls are perplexing.”  She created a “waiting room.” We also discussed how my husband forgets to lock his car every night. Her advice was to put a sticky note by the door to remind him:)


Snacks and water are provided at this office.


This guest post for Author Amok: http://authoramok.blogspot.com/2014/04/source-poems-we-are-waiting-pantoum.html I love pantuoms.


My friends from college.  I have had three great phone calls regarding our summer plans this week. These women are my sisters.