Poetry Friday: A Gift of Birds


Thank you, Tabatha for hosting Poetry Friday at Tabatha Yeatts: The Opposite of Indifference.

And thanks to Tabatha, who is the best at organizing poem swaps in the summer and late November-December.

Last week we had our first snow day of the year.  And in the mail that day, one of my very favorite birds arrived from Brenda of Friendly Fairy Tales.  It’s the cardinal which doesn’t reside in the Pacific Northwest and which I have seen twice in my life.


I especially love the “feasting on seed, daring the ground, darting up in need.”  That reminds me of the Oregon Juncos that hop around the deck looking for crumbs of the suet block.

And Brenda’s generosity didn’t stop there, I also received other goodies among which was this lovely embroidered ornament from Buffalo Stitch and a journal from them…I have been drooling over at their website. Well, it’s going to move to my writing room after the tree comes down.  Thank you so much, Brenda!


This is the last call to sign up for the New Year Poetry Postcard Exchange.  I will be organizing recipient lists by Wednesday, December 21 and emailing the address to people.

Happy Friday.

Happy Poetry,

Poetry Friday: Found: One Postcard


Welcome to Poetry Friday, hosted today at Dori Reads.  Thanks, Dori.

Today’s poem is from Tabatha Yeatts.  I received a postcard poem.  The postcard front:


Original art by Tabatha’s daughter, Elena (age 14).  I want to send her a photo of my dachshund to paint.  There’s such fluffiness to this painting.

On the back, a poem:

Found: One Postcard
by Tabatha Yeatts
for Jone

The postcard, hand-painted,
showed a curly-haired,
syrup-colored pup,
smiling, one ear
flipped underside-up.

The back was covered
with blue ink, smudged
from the damp leaves
where it was unearthed.
Only the beginning and
the ending were legible:
My condolences,
Your secret admirer.

Oh the mystery! Doesn’t it beg for more? Thank you both Tabatha and her daughter.  I will be displaying it at school.


CYBILS Announcement Time:  Get ready. Start thinking about serving on the Poetry panels for the CYBILS this year.  Will let you know when the window opens for application.

Happy Friday.

Happy Poetry.

Poetry Friday: Summer Swaps

IMG_1077Thank you Tara for hosting Poetry Friday at A Teaching Life today.

It’s summer and thanks to Tabatha Yeatts, I get write and send poems out to participants during the summer.  I also receive little packages of poems.

Last week or so I received a joy bundle from Joy.  Not only did it have this fun poem(and words to live by), but a cool little surfboard for my mobile (how did she know), a letter, one of her grownup poems and an envelope with words to create my own poem.  Thank you, Joy.


This week, I was blessed with this treasure tote bag from Donna in Maine.  The photo is mine and she wrote a poem to go with it.  I am using this tote tomorrow to deliver four photos to the Clackamas County Fair.  Thanks, Donna.


This supports our community of writers so much.  It’s so fun to create.  I have two more to send out before the end of summer.

Happy Friday.

Happy Poetry

Poetry Friday: CYBILS Poetry Books Left on the Shelf


Poetry Friday is being held by the fabulous Tabatha Yeatts at The Opposite of Indifference. Thanks for being part of the community.

Last week the CYBILS finalists were announced. The Poetry category had thirty-eight titles which were discussed.  There were stellar nominations this year.  And that makes the committee’s task more difficult.  With the goal to have between five to seven finalists, there will be those titles that are ever so close to becoming a finalist.  These books are ones that were left on the shelf and not sent to the round two judges. I highly recommend that if you are wanting a poetry book that you check these out as well.

ASHLEY BRYAN’S PUPPETS: MAKING SOMETHING FROM EVERYTHING by Ashley Bryan, published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Ashley Bryan takes found objects from the seashore to create puppets.  They are complete with a name and a poem that describes what they are made of and their vision.  The Spirit Guardian sums it up best: “We are born of cast-off pieces / And, like magic, brought alive / By your own imagination. / That’s the gift / By which we thrive.”  Readers are invited to write their own poem at the end for two unnamed puppets.

EVERYTHING IS A POEM By J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Maria Cristina Pritelli. published by Creative Editions.
A collection that celebrates the best of J. Partick Lewis. Serious, humorous,and  historical poems provides a fantastic introduction to the world our former Children’s Poet Laureate. Pritelli’s illustrations are brilliant and playful.

ODE TO A COMMODE: CONCRETE POEMS by Brian Cleary, illustrated by Andy Rowland, published by Millbrook Press.
A fun collection of poems that are shaped as the specific object. Cleary does an excellent job with a one page introduction about Concrete poems.  The cartoon illustrates add to the light-hearted poems.

ON THE WING by David Elliot, illustrated by Becca Stadtlander, published by Candlewick.
These poems are a lyrical delight capturing the characteristics of birds from hummingbirds to the great horned owl.  The acrylic illustrations creat an illusion that the birds will fly of the page.

THE POEM THAT WILL NOT END by  Joan Bransfield Graham, illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker, published by Two Lions. Ryan O’Brian, a boy who loves to write poetry, writes them everywhere: soccer field, bathroom, cafeteria.  Is it a poetry book, a picture book, or a hybrid?  One thing for sure is that it’s a book with great kid appeal.  Readers learn about Ryan’s poetry writing obsession and get to read his poems.  Ryan provides a guide to poetic forms that invites readers to try writing a few of their own. Brooker’s illustrations are colorful and lively.

Happy Friday.

Happy Poetry.