"Ah," I smiled. "I'm not really here to keep you from freaking out. I'm here to be with you while you freak out, or grieve, or laugh, or suffer, or sing. It is a ministry of presence. It is showing up with a loving heart."
Happy Poetry Friday! Thanks for coming. If you have a post to share, please leave a link in the comments.
I thought this would be a great time to share some thoughts about National Poetry Month. It's not until April, but I would love to have any submissions from you by the end of February so I can get my posts in order during March.
What submissions, you ask? There are a few different things I would like to share in April:
1) I love the idea of Poetry T-shirts. I've talked about them before, here and here (and here). If you have ideas for Poetry t-shirts, please send them to me by the end of February. You can even design it yourself and send me the link or image. I am hoping to share some designs on The Opposite of Indifference and possibly even have some made.
2) I am interested in poems written to politicians (past, present, or future). If you write one, please send it to me by the end of February.
3) I would like to see some poems inspired by music. I have a bunch of music posts -- if any inspire you to write a poem, please send it to me by the end of February.
That's it! Now, time for a poem. I didn't know how to get permission to share this poem, so I will just give the link: It’s Time to Find a Place by Indian poet Eunice de Souza.
If you get a chance, tune in tomorrow for a post about poetry and Doctor Who :-)
Robyn kicks things off with "overheard at the grocery store" and Delmore Schwartz's "I Am Cherry Alive."
Violet shares her original The Witness of Rooms.
Myra spotlights Red Sings from Treetops by Joyce Sidman.
Renee is featuring children's poet M.M. Socks with his math poem video "Fiesta for Fractions", which she says is for all those math geeks out there looking for a party!
Joy offers an original "Cowgirl Abecedarian."
Mary Lee gives us "It's Time to Say Goodbye," an original poem.
Laura Shovan brings Postcard #17, a triolet about Gladiole (postcard art by Sulamith Wulfing). But she's especially excited about the postcard art project that Linda Baie sent her.
Jama is also excited. She has a guest poet today, Nicole Gulotta of EAT THIS POEM. Jama suggested that Nicole create a recipe inspired by a children's poem, and Nicole selected Amy Ludwig VanDerwater's, "Apple Pockets."
Ruth is in with the Richard Blanco poem from the inauguration and so is Tara.
Laura Purdie Salas has David Elliott's "The Shark" from In the Sea.
Laura also shares 15 Words or Less poems.
Liz Steinglass contributes three winter haiku.
Mother Reader provides another installment in her songs-as-poetry series, but with a personal touch - a video of her daughter singing it: Crazy Dreams
Catherine gives us a Pam Ayres poem.
Linda lets us join her as she contemplates her wedding anniversary with a poem called Traveling.
What do Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Burns, and the New England Patriots have in common? Matt's blog post!
Dori shares an original poem about a moment with her father: Confinement.
Bridget brings us Exciting News :-)
Katya was inspired by the moon to visit Alfred Noyes' The Highwayman.
Sylvia responds to the strange weather with a list of weather-themed poetry.
Sylvia also showcases one of her favorite poems from The Poetry Friday Anthology: The Do Kind by Janet Wong.
Tamera muses on the parallels between home renovation and revision, plus a bit of a poem inspired by the need to renovate.
Elaine offers an original list poem about the sun.
We're invited to play in Amy LV's Dollhouse today.
Bildungsroman has a song for us: LadyLuck by Maria Taylor.
Ralph posted a favorite quote about poetry (from Robert Frost) followed by one of his poems, "running water."
Charles turns to Downton Abbey for help at Snickers and he reads and writes silly animal poems at his Father Goose blog.
Lorie Ann gives us a Yellow Heart haiku.
Jone shares Old Dog by William Stafford.
Diane wrote a poem in honor of Inauguration Day 2013.
Kurious Kitty's Kurio Kabinet shares The Open Door: One Hundred Poems One Hundred Years of Poetry Magazine
Margaret contributes a poem by one of her students.
Janet shows us Lives: Poems about Famous Americans selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Leslie Staub.
Anastacia is in with a 2012 CYBILS nominee: Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems by J. Patrick Lewis
Dina was inspired by Helen Frankenthaler's painting Venus Revealed to write Shell Shocked: Venus Revealed.
What wonderful ideas, Tabatha! And such a thoughtful gem of a poem to share by a poet I wasn't familiar with.
Thank you for hosting today. I'm in with an "overheard at the grocery store" and Delmore Schwartz's "I Am Cherry Alive."
Thanks for hosting today! And you certainly are on top of things for April. Those all sound like fun projects.
My PF contribution is a personal poem about the house I grew up in. It's called "The Witness of Rooms": http://wp.me/pC77F-mm
Thank you so much for being such a gracious host this week! Here's my contribution this weekend: Red Sings from the Treetop.
I love the idea of poetry tshirts. My husband prints shirts (and prints on mugs, bags, etc) - pretty convenient and cool, so I'd definitely think this one through. For poems inspired by music - how about music that sounds like poetry - The Cranberries' Daffodil Lament and Tori Amos' Silent All these Years and Precious Things come immediately to mind.
Now in Manila for a conference. Will take awhile to read and respond to comments.
Thanks for hosting today. I love all your Poetry Month ideas, especially the music poem. I'll see what I can do.
Today I am featuring children's poet M.M. Socks with his math poem video "Fiesta for Fractions" - for all those math geeks out there looking for a party!
Love the quote, love the poem (you can prattle all you want, as far as I'm concerned!!). love the ideas! You put the pro in proactive!
I'm in with an original, "It's Time to Say Goodbye."
Good morning, Tabatha. I do have a poetry t-shirt. I'll send you a photo via email.
Postcard #17 is a triolet about Gladiole (postcard art by Sulamith Wulfing). But I'm most excited about the postcard art project that Linda Baie sent me. I've got some photos from her school and the students' art is pretty amazing.
I'm excited about featuring a guest poet today, Nicole Gulotta of EAT THIS POEM. I suggested she create a recipe inspired by a children's poem, and she selected Amy Ludwig VanDerwater's, "Apple Pockets," which I LOVE.
Love all your PM ideas -- you're so organized! Thanks so much for hosting this week. :)
Thank you for hosting! I'm in with the Richard Blanco poem from the inauguration.
Happy Poetry Friday!
What a gorgeous quote your post opens with, Tabatha. Love that.
And, wow. IT'S TIME is wonderful. Short poems that pack a punch are my very favorites. I rarely read a poem that's longer than 20 lines or so. This one's terrific, and I love the wry ending. Thanks for sharing!
I have a t-shirt at CafePress:
I've had in the back of my mind to create more, but never have.
I don't do political poems, but I might have in my files a music poem or two or be able to come up with one by the end of Feb.
Thanks, for hosting!
Ha! I forgot to leave my own link! I'm in with David Elliott's "The Shark," from IN THE SEA, at http://laurasalas.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/shark/
And 15 Words or Less poems are at http://laurasalas.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/mermaid/
Good morning and thanks for hosting! I have three winter haiku today at http://www.lizsteinglass.com
Thanks for hosting today, Tabatha!
Like Ruth, the Inaugural poem touched me, and was my choice for today as well:
Sharing another installment in my songs as poetry series, but with a personal touch - video of my daughter singing it! "Crazy Dreams" over at MotherReader
Thanks for hosting!
Great ideas for month of poetry, Tabitha. Thanks for hosting and I love that poem you chose today.
I have a Pam Ayres poem to share
I love your beginning quote Tabatha, & then the ideas for April. Admiring your thinking ahead! I love the poem, might share with colleagues. Sometimes we think we talk too too much; they will like it. My poem today is about my wedding anniversary, not easy, but wanted to celebrate the day. Thanks for hosting! http://teacherdance.blogspot.com/2013/01/anniversary-bitter-some-sweet-much.html
Some great ideas, Tabatha! I'll have to think about them - although I am writing a poem about Christmas inspired by some of the great classic recordings...if I get it done, I'll send it along.
For today: What do Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Burns, and the New England Patriots have in common? My blog post! http://mattforrest.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/poetry-friday-the-ravens/
What a beautiful quote you chose to start this post. There is such power in "the ministry of presence." Thanks for hosting, Tabatha.
I have an original poem at DoriReads.
Thanks for being our host this Friday!
I have an original poem called "Exciting News" at
Have a fabulous day! =)
Thank you for hosting Tabatha.
At Write. Sketch. Repeat. I have Alfred Noyes' The Highwayman.
Hi, Tabatha, thanks for hosting. I'm impressed that you're already planning for April! My post today is a list of weather-themed poetry. Seemed appropriate as the weather is crazy from coast to coast.
Me, again. This time I'd like to feature the weekly post at The Poetry Friday Anthology blog. I'm showcasing my collaborator, Janet Wong's poem. It's one of my favorites from the whole book, "The Do Kind."
Tabitha – thank you for hosting Poetry Friday! My contribution is a musing on the parallels between my home renovation and revision, plus a bit of a poem inspired by the need to renovate: http://tamerawillwissinger.squarespace.com/the-writers-whimsy/2013/1/25/poetry-inspiration-revision-home-renovation.html
Thanks so much for doing the roundup this week!
At Wild Rose Reader, I have an original list poem about the sun.
Thank you for hosting...and with such gentle kind beauty in both quote and poem today. I am keeping both tucked in my paper pages. And what a line-up for April! You've got us all thinking now...it will be here sooner than we know it.
Today at The Poem Farm, I have an original poem about playing with a dollhouse. http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com/2013/01/dollhouse-play-is-real.html
Happy Poetry Friday!
Thanks for hosting! I posted LadyLuck by Maria Taylor at Bildungsroman.
I like your blog. The Wiesel quote got me thinking this morning. Thanks!
I started my blog earlier this month. It's called The Writer's Desk. Today I posted a favorite quote about poetry (from Robert Frost) followed by one of my poems, "running water," from my book Ordinary Things: Poems From a Walk in Early Spring.
Thank you, Tabatha! We're reading and writing silly animal poems at
The FATHER GOOSE Blog
and pleading with Downton Abbey to save our souls at SNICKERS
Thanks for hosting this week! At On Point, I have my haiku Yellow Heart.
Tabatha, I started thinking about National Poetry Month yesterday as well. I have a poem by William Stafford: http://maclibrary.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/poetry-friday-old-dog-by-william-stafford/
I can't seem to comment on your blog, Charles. Love your Downton poem. Glad you're a fan too!
Thanks for hosting today. I thought I posted a comment early this morning, but I don't see it here and I'm not on your list. I must've been half asleep or something. Anyway, here's another try. My students enjoyed playing with the language of the dictionary this week: http://reflectionsontheteche.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/fair-play/
Thanks for hosting.
My selection is "Lives : poems about famous Americans" selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Leslie Staub.
Thanks for hosting! At Booktalking I'm sharing a 2012 CYBILS nominee: Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems by J. Patrick Lewis http://asuen.com/blog/?p=940
Hats off for hosting!
My contribution is called SHELL SHOCKED: Venus Revealed, inspired by Helen Frankenthaler's poem VENUS REVEALED.
Thanks for hosting.
At "I Think in Poems" I have an original poem called, Burned.
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