Friday, June 26, 2015

Dancing Margaret

Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.
~Voltaire


Today's poem style was inspired by Nikki Grimes' challenge at Michelle's blog.

When I was thinking about writing a poem for Margaret Simon for the Summer Poem Swap, I could have focused on a word that related to her as a teacher, mother, sister, wife, daughter, poet. Margaret lives all these roles with verve. But the word that appealed to me for Margaret was "dance."


Background from Mayang's Free Textures
Thanks, Elena

Carol's Corner has the Poetry Friday round-up.

* Integrating Poetry and Dance (lesson plan, high school)
* More lesson plans integrating dance and language arts (K-12)

17 comments:

Irene Latham said...

I love this Tabatha..."giving everything a sound" is so wonderfully fresh and unexpected! (I am writing "word" poems, too, for summer swap... great prompt. :)

Linda Baie said...

I love that first line "a word that flexes brawny muscles". It's such a thoughtful poem, Tabatha.

Carol said...

I love the way this poem makes my body feel. The words you chose and the way you shaped them make me feel like I am dancing.

Donna Smith said...

Love that you used the "other Margaret" to write about! So many facets to people! Even the poem's border seems to dance and say, "Pick a facet".

Tara Smith said...

Now, here's a poem than makes a dancing fuddy duddy like me want to kick up my heels and dance!

Mary Lee said...

Perfect for Margaret! Add some Zydeco music and off she'll go!

Margaret Simon said...
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Margaret Simon said...

Makes me feel like I am dancing with the stars. While there may not be any lifts in zydeco, I enjoy the movement of the words to the beat. Thanks for being such a thoughtful swapper.

Diane Mayr said...

Well done, Tabatha! I'm ready for a little swishing of feet!

Author Amok said...

The last two lines -- how perfectly you describe the sensory experience of dance!

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

A beautiful poem and a wonderful reflection of Margaret, Tabatha! I'm swooning over those last four lines.

Heidi Mordhorst said...

I too especially liked the last two lines, but "giving everything to sound" expresses how it is to dance alone, without having to consider a partner, even! I'm saving my swap poems for a glorious summer's end fiesta, I think, but one thing that would help all of us is guidance about sharing--is it preferable in any way to have the writer share rather than the recipient? or the other way around? or is it just a poetry free-for-all?!

I'm doing "x is an x-squared word" poems too!

Tabatha said...

Thank you, all! Heidi, that's an interesting question about sharing the poems. Margaret had already shared this poem, then I shared it...so the same poem can be shared by both! I think it is nice to ask the other person if it is okay to share, but beyond that, it is pretty much a free-for-all. Not everybody wants to post them; some people want to post them as a collection at the end. Your mileage may vary!

Violet Nesdoly said...

This poem makes me wish I were a better dancer. Love the movement in "dance sweeps and curls/ curves and arches." People poems are a wonderful and special way of paying attention.

Keri said...

Nicely done -- so much movement and sound! Rush and swish . . .

Bridget Magee said...

Your poem made my heart dance, Tabatha!Lucky Margaret! =)

Carol Varsalona said...

Tabitha, there is such a free spirit swirling around this poem as the beat goes on. Wonderful swap for a lovely lady like Margaret. Have you ever met her face to face because this fits Margaret?