Poetry Friday is here!
A poem to get today's round-up started:
A Beanstalk for Eva
by Tabatha Yeatts
Jack's little sister Eva
wanted her own magic beans --
green, speckled with brown,
nothing special, not hopping or anything --
just the sort that would boom roots
into the soil, just enough
to hold a house for a giant,
deep enough to bear the sky.
Treasure, for Eva,
didn't involve castles,
or geese that laid golden eggs
every time they sneezed.
The gems she longed for
were a wind no one had ever felt before,
a day that blossomed with surprises.
As she carried water (her own chore),
and fed the pigs (lazy Jack's chore),
Eva pictured herself having an adventure:
her feet pushing off giant stems
as she climbed up to the clouds.
What would she find there?
She relished not knowing.
As she scuffed along the dusty path to town,
on her way at last to find those beans,
Eva considered how amazing it was
that you could tuck something
inside the earth
for the express purpose
of taking you away from it.
Please leave your links in the comments!
For openers, Jone gives us a review of Spinster Goose.
Gregory K is making me a little nervous this morning with his "An Ode to Air Travel." Safe journey, Greg!
Laura shares some great photos (love that hat!) and Terrance Hayes' gentle love poem, "Clarinet," in honor of her middle school daughter, a devoted clarinetist.
Tara offers two cinquains by their inventor, Adelaide Crapsey.
Ruth brings a history lesson for us today and a Wordsworth poem about Haitian hero Toussaint L'Ouverture.
For your Mary Oliver fix, visit Maria, who has Why I Wake Early.
I am impressed that Heidi is doing MyPoPerDayMo. She shares #17: "scaled."
Random Noodling is feeling piggy today.
Kids of the Homefront Army explains what parades are for.
Kurious Kitty's Kurio Kabinet has May Sarton's "Luxury" and Kurious K's Kwotes has a May Sarton quote.
The Write Sisters looks at "November" by W.D. Howells.
Hope is the Word writes about "Goody O'Grumpity" by Carol Ryrie Brink.
November seems to be on our minds today... TeacherDance contributes poets' thoughts on November.
Robyn shares flat tire stories and poetry by Tess Taylor.
Mandy is thinking about one of the most important parts of writing today: revisions.
Marjorie has me sold on Anything But A Grabooberry.
Over at Musings, Joyce Ray posted a treasured Thanksgiving poem written by her daughter.
I like keeping up with poetry news through Poetry Advocates for Children and Young Adults posts. Stephen Withrow encourages everyone to join and take part!
Liz in Ink shares Maria Hummel's "Station" with us today.
Karen Edmisten has Books by Billy Collins.
Teaching Authors gives us new poetic forms to try.
Go to Gathering Books for Joel Toledo’s Other ‘Heart.’ (Sounds mysterious, doesn't it?)
Janet Squires visits our own Heidi M.'s "Pumpkin Butterfly: poems from the other side of nature" today.
Irene is oohing and aahing over poet-she's-just-discovered Anna Akhmatova.
Dave is back on the Poetry Friday horse with a sort of ode to the long-play record.
Jeannine posted about poetry exercises involving shuffling and contrasts.
At On Point, Lorie Ann shares a Jack Frost haiku to make you smile.
ReaderTotz recommends Over and Under the Snow.
Enjoy giving thanks with Amy LV.
Donna has me feeling all illowy with her original poem.
Tanita and C.S. Lewis bring us our daily bread.
Magic 8-Ball says "Yes," you should go to Adrienne's site for an Adrienne Rich poem.
Poetry Friday wouldn't be the same without Mary Lee, who cruises in with Emily Dickinson.