The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.
Welcome! Glad you stopped by. The top quote doesn't have anything to do with the post, except that I am always
celebrating those hidden veins of water. Our weather finally turned cold this week, so I am bundling up and sharing the first part of a poem by Jamie Morewood Anderson called "Winter Milk." You can read the rest here.
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by Jamie Morewood Anderson
Now it is morning,
dawn begins to hem the day, the meadow
and brindled grass take the light.
There is something so beautiful about the window,
the loose silhouette behind the rinse of glass,
the liquid shadow of feline so angular and illustrated
its clarity could break the heart.
The moment she sees him,
panther-like in the dusky daybreak,
the dun-colored cow lets down her milk.
I know precisely
how this bovine’s body is composed,
withers and hoof, the flesh of udder,
her skin so alive against mine.
But he is a mystery, an indescribable movement
of muscle and grace.
Robyn Hood Black
has a winter poem, too - by Rebecca Kai Dotlich. And a picture of her adorable Chihuahua. All connected by mice....
Kathryn Apel (Kat)
is experiencing altogether different weather in her Australian home. She shares three short poems from her #MoP16 efforts. CB Hanek
says, "Thanks to Donna Smith's Christmas Eve post and photo, I was motivated to experience the same Winter heavenly wonder, albeit from another vantage point “underneath the same big sky" (as Linda Ronstadt once reminded us). Thus, my haiku: 'Cold Moon on Christmas Morn.'"Buffy Silverman
has been thinking about snowflakes, and is sharing some snowflake poems today. (Her snowflake photo is spectacular!)Linda Kulp
is in this week with a review of Irene's Latham's lovely new book WHEN THE SUN SHINES ON ANTARCTICA.Mary Lee
offers some haiku art she made over Christmas break as a gift for her brother.Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
turns the spotlight on Douglas Florian and a rather unexpected ditty challenge. (She also makes a good point about the quote and poem being more connected than I first thought!) Karen Edmisten
keeps the holidays going with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. April Halprin Wayland
says, "Watch a 49-second video of a poet giving a writing tip...and then try it. I did! It sent me on a wild ride..."
At Random Noodling,
Diane celebrates the lovely gift from her winter swap partner, Robyn.
has A Great Big Cuddle to share with everyone!
is back from holiday break with Michael Blumenthal's "Be Kind."
Laura Purdie Salas
brings us Row 1 of a Poetry Princess crown sonnet. Her sonnet is about hydrogen, an extra timely element this week.
I wanted to put it in order, so I am breaking in with the rest of them:
Tricia Stohr-Hunt has the second poem in the Poetry Princess crown sonnet.
Sara Lewis Holmes
features the element Argon in her sonnet, the third.
has the fourth sonnet.
Liz Garton Scanlon
brings the fifth sonnet.
offers the sixth in the crown of sonnets on the Periodic Table.
Tricia Stohr-Hunt also has the final poem in the crown and the entire poem shared.
Matt Forrest Esenwine
posts a winter haiku inspired by Buffy Silverman's snowflake photo.
At Gathering Books,
Fats is in with bookish poetry.
is thanking Margaret Simon for her winter swap gifts.
is excerpting Cybils finalists this month and she chose two poems from Joyce Sidman's Winter Bees
has another Cybils finalist: Deborah Ruddell's "How a Poet Orders a Milkshake" from POPCORN ASTRONAUTS AND OTHER BITE-ABLE RHYMES.
Kay at A Journey through the Pages
has a review of a poetry anthology "What Have You Lost?" selected by Naomi Shihab Nye.
shares three favorite poems from Mary Oliver's newest book FELICITY.
Katie @ The Logonauts
brings some of her third graders' responses (as poems) to the question "What is Poetry?"
wrote about the pieces of herself she has lost along the way.
Tara at A Teaching Life
is in with a snowy poem, feeling the absence of snow.
At The Poem Farm,
Amy shares a little story of a poem that grew from a discovery on a winter walk.
Ruth at There's No Such Thing as a Godforsaken Town
offers Philip Booth's First Lesson.
has "Frost at Midnight" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Friendly Fairy Tales
has an icy offering.
contributes a tanka, written to celebrate a stretch of winter at her most beautiful.
As if we weren't already delving into the most difficult kinds of poems to write with a crown sonnet in our midst, Keri Recommends
gets us thinking about reversos!
At A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt,
Penny's great niece, Klaire, illustrates her poem. Bildungsroman
has lyrics from the song "Wait For It" from the musical Hamilton
Poetry for Kids Joy
has The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science.
Because of the frigid temperatures this week, Catherine at Reading to the Core's
cat has been sticking close, making her think of Eleanor Farjeon's poem, "Cats." Carol Varsalona
welcomes winter. Charles Waters
shares a wonderful update at Poetry Time.
selection is "It's Raining Pigs & Noodles" by Jack Prelutsky with illustrations by James Stevenson.
Julieanne's poem at To Read To Write To Be
is about reading joy. Andi
is cheering for the Poetry Sister's Crown.
Alice at Supratentorial
has "In Memoriam (Ring Out Wild Bells)" by Lord Alfred Tennyson. Margaret Simon
cruises in with acrostic poems she and her students are writing with their one little words.