Friday, December 13, 2013

In the Bleak Midwinter

In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
Long ago.
~Christina Rossetti


Welcome! It's time for Poetry Friday. If you've come to share a link, please do so in the comments and I will round-up during the day. I've got Christina Rossetti's In the Bleak Mid-winter today, which was set to music by Gustav Holst.




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* Fats is sharing a few verses from Pearl Cleage's "We Speak Your Names," celebrating womanhood and the gift of sisterhood.

* Donna has a silly Christmas poem for us.

* Margaret is offering a give away of her Christmas poetry book, Illuminate, along with an original poem and recording of "In the Bleak Midwinter."

* At Random Noodling, Diane has a small collection of door haiga.

* Kurious Kitty shares "The Sniffle" by Ogden Nash.

* KK's Kwotes posts a quote by Ray Bradbury.

* Robyn continues with a haiku theme, kicking off a "Student Poet of the Month" adventure featuring Tom Painting's haiku students. Starting us off is 8th grader Emma Jones.

* Keri contributes the winner of last week's giveaway and some "story rules" from a former Pixar artist.

* Michelle shares "The Flight Before Christmas" -- her entry for Susanna Leonard Hill's Holiday Writing Contest.

* Father Goose is celebrating the "Holly Days."

* Renee is in with another installment of the NCTE Poets Series with Lee Bennett Hopkins, this time featuring Myra Cohn Livingston.

* Joy is thinking about creation and the wonderful way writing a poem makes her feel, and she also has a poetry challenge.

* Over at The Drift Record, Julie is seeing a strange convergence between a poem by Walter de la Mare and peppermint bark candy.

* Mary Lee shares a couple of haiku for the Friday that's a week away from Winter Break. (My kids would call that "Winter Break Eve Eve Eve Eve Eve Eve Eve Day")

* Author Kelly Bingham visits Laura's blog to talk about her Shark Girl verse novels and her picture book, Z Is for Moose.

* Jama brings us "The Cookie Thief" and some thoughts about the first cookie she ever baked.

* Tara offers Grace Paley, poetry, and pies.

* Liz has some sweet Christmas cookie haiku.

* Mandy is reflecting on a snow day with an original poem.

* Laura Purdie Salas is in today with "Schoolhouse" by Cynthia Grady.

* Irene is thinking about writing as spiritual practice, plus she shares "Instructions for the Journey" by Pat Schneider.

* Dori's poem is by Nikki Grimes from her book Voices of Christmas.

* Linda shares a picture book/Christmas poem by Maya Angelou.

* Violet posted an original poem called Christmas on the West Coast.

* Carmela discusses three of her favorite books from 2013 and includes a poem from Helen Frost's SALT.

* Catherine offers Denise Levertov's "The Secret."

* Jeannine wrote a post about revising called Poetry and Houses.

* After several months away from blogging, Elaine returns with an original poem for the season titled "Under the Tree."

* Tricia is in today with a poem by Amy Lowell entitled "Superstition."

* This week, Anastasia visited Jone's blog, where Jone shared Anastasia's new haiku, "Last Leaf."

* Jone adds, "This is a follow-up to her interview on Wednesday."

* Little Willow gives us "Unfading Pictures" by Louisa C. Poole.

* Janet's selection is "Sharing the Seasons: a book of poems," selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by David Diaz.

* Amy has a mask poem in the voice of a (her?) Christmas tree.

33 comments:

Donna Smith said...

Oh, what a lovely poem, and what beautiful videos. I love this set to music. Thanks for sharing, and for hosting. I have a silly Christmas poem today at http://mainelywrite.blogspot.com/2013/12/all-through-zoo.html.

Fats Suela from Gathering Books said...

Thanks for hosting Poetry Friday today! What lovely verses you've shared! My favorite lines are "Earth stood hard as iron / Water like a stone." This Friday the 13th, I am sharing a few verses from Pearl Cleage's poem, We Speak Your Names. It celebrates womahood and the gift of sisterhood. =)

Fats Suela from Gathering Books said...
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Fats Suela from Gathering Books said...

Oopsie! Forgot the link! Here it is:
https://www.facebook.com/thebluefaerie/posts/10151999739788700?notif_t=like

Julie Larios said...

Oh, Tabatha - I love hearing Rosetti put to music! Thanks for posting that.
Over at The Drift Record today, I am seeing a strange convergence between a poem by Walter de la Mare and peppermint bark candy.

Julie Larios said...

Link is clickable in my previous comment, but here is the URL if needed:
http://julielarios.blogspot.com/2013/12/poetry-friday-time-for-bit-of-walter-de.html

Mary Lee said...

I'll come back to listen to the music later.

Today I've got a couple of haiku for the Friday that's a week away from Winter Break.

http://readingyear.blogspot.com/2013/12/poetry-friday-plowing.html

Author Amok said...

Good morning, Tabatha. Thank you for the beautiful music.

Author Kelly Bingham visits my blog today to talk about her Shark Girl verse novels and her hilarious PB, Z Is for Moose.

http://authoramok.blogspot.com/2013/12/5-questions-for-kelly-bingham-part-2.html

jama said...

One of my holiday favorites! Also love James Taylor's version.

Today I'm sharing "The Cookie Thief" and some thoughts about the first cookie I ever baked:

http://jamarattigan.com/2013/12/13/friday-feast-snickerdoodlin-around/

Thanks for hosting today and have a beautiful holiday!

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

Thanks for hosting today, Tabatha - I'll come back to listen to the music at lunch. Here's my offering for Poetry Friday - Grace Paley, poetry and pies:
http://tmsteach.blogspot.com/2013/12/poetry-friday-grace-paley-poets.html

Liz Steinglass said...

Hi Tabatha,
Thanks for hosting today!
I have some sweet Christmas cookie haiku.
http://elizabethsteinglass.com/2013/12/christmas-cookie-haiku/

Mandy said...

I have an original poem reflecting on a snow day.

http://enjoy-embracelearning.blogspot.com/2013/12/poetry-friday-snow-day.html

Thanks for organizing.

laurasalas said...

I was listening to the Jars of Clay version of Bleak last night! Such a gorgeous poem! I'm in today with "Schoolhouse," by Cynthia Grady at http://www.laurasalas.com/blog/pf-schoolhouse/

Thanks for hosting!

Thanks for hosting!
Laura

Irene Latham said...

Dear Tabatha, I always come away from your blog with a wow... you help me discover new things and music! Thank you. I'm in today with some thoughts on writing as spiritual practice and a poem "Instructions for the Journey" by Pat Schneider

Doraine Bennett said...

I do love that poem/song.

I have a poem by Nikki Grimes today from her book Voices of Christmas.

http://dorireads.blogspot.com/2013/12/voices-of-christmas.html

LInda Baie said...

It's a lovely poem, especially nice with the music, Tabatha. It would have been quite fitting a week or so ago with our sub-zero temps! Thanks for hosting! I'm sharing a picture book/Christmas poem by Maya Angelou today. http://www.teacherdance.org/2013/12/a-gift-for-me-and-now-for-you.html

Violet N. said...

Thanks so much for hosting, Tabatha. I love the poem by Rossetti that you shared! I read the words and in my head I hear Sarah McLachlan singing it (it's on her Christmas CD) - so lovely!

My post today is an original poem about Christmas lights. It's here:
http://wp.me/pC77F-qw

Violet N. said...

Oops! For some reason the 'here' doesn't work. The other link is find though. Sorry!

Catherine said...

Thanks for hosting today, Tabbatha. Posting Denise Levertov's poem "The Secret"quickly this morning from a workshop. Have a good Friday, everyone!

Catherine said...

Forgot the link:
http://readingtothecore.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/poetry-friday-the-secret/

Carmela Martino said...

Thanks for hosting today, Tabatha. I love Christina Rossetti, and this poem is perfect for today.
In my blog post today I share a poem from Helen Frost's novel-in-poems, SALT, as I discuss three of my favorite books from 2013.
http://www.teachingauthors.com/2013/12/three-favorites-from-2013.html

Jeannine Atkins said...

Tabatha, thank you for hosting in this busy month. I've often sung that song, at least along with James Taylor, but never knew Christina Rossetti wrote the words.

I wrote a post about revising (what isn't? called Poetry and Houses at: http://jeannineatkinsonwritingandstuff.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/poetry-and-houses/

Elaine Magliaro said...

Thanks so much for doing the roundup this week! After several months away from blogging, I posted an original poem for the season titled "Under the Tree" this morning.

http://wildrosereader.blogspot.com/2013/12/under-tree-original-poem.html

Tricia said...

Hi Tabatha,
I'm in today with a poem entitled Superstition.
http://missrumphiuseffect.blogspot.com/2013/12/poetry-friday-supersitition.html

Thanks so much for hosting!
Best,
Tricia

Anastasia Suen said...

Thanks for hosting, Tabatha! This week I visited Jone's blog. She shared my new haiku, "LAST LEAF" with one of her gorgeous nature photos.

http://maclibrary.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/poetry-friday-last-leaf/

Little Willow said...

Happy Friday, everyone!

Thanks for hosting, Tabatha.

I posted at Unfading Pictures by Louisa C. Poole at my blog, Bildungsroman.

Janet S. said...

Thanks for hosting.
My selection is "Sharing the Seasons: a book of poems" selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by David Diaz.

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

Thank you for the beautiful music to accompany my reading of poetry today! And BTW, mailed your package this morning--they said it should arrive Wednesday. :)

Jone said...

I have a haiku by Anastasia Suen: http://maclibrary.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/poetry-friday-last-leaf/
This is a follow-up to her interview on Wednesday: http://maclibrary.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/interview-wednesday-anastasia-suen/

Robyn Hood Black said...

Thanks again for hosting this week, Tabatha - an appropriate choice of poems to share for most of the country of late! (Sending everyone some Southern sunshine...)

I've always loved that "snow on snow"....

Margaret Simon said...

Great minds think alike, they say. But I think with this unusually long cold spell, we are feeling a bit bleak and poetic. Thanks for hosting. And for all you do for the Poetry Friday community throughout the year.

Becky Shillington said...

Thanks for hosting today, Tabatha. I don't have anything to add today, but your roundup is great! I love your Christina Rosetti poem!

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater said...

Thank you, Tabatha, for this. I adore, "Snow on snow...." So lovely! This is one of my favorites, and the versions you share are simply exquisite. At The Poem Farm (barely making it under the line), I have a mask poem in the voice of a (my?) Christmas tree - http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com/2013/12/tree-mask-poem.html Thank you for hosting! Here south of Buffalo, NY, we have LOTS of snow on snow this week! xo ps - My apologies if I double posted - I could not tell if the first went through!