Friday, July 22, 2022

Seeds and stars

I continue to do what I did as a child; dream of books, make books and collect books.
~Maurice Sendak



Happy Poetry Friday! Short poems today, plus a cool thing I saw. (Also, if you are stressed and want to watch a relaxing video, check out the one I posted last Monday. It makes me want to go to Azerbaijan.)

Agriculture
by Magnús Sigurðsson
translated from the Icelandic by Meg Matich

The page is a white
field.

Words
black seeds

I sow.

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Summer Stars
by Carl Sandburg

Bend low again, night of summer stars.
So near you are, sky of summer stars,
So near, a long-arm man can pick off stars,
Pick off what he wants in the sky bowl,
So near you are, summer stars,
So near, strumming, strumming,
So lazy and hum-strumming.

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Barbican Children's Library Author Map:


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Denise shares our Summer Poem Swap this week.

A(nother) Year of Reading has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Mary Lee!

5 comments:

Linda Mitchell said...

Summer Stars! And, this is one I hadn't yet seen. What a gift. Thank you. I know the poem wasn't FOR me...and yet, it is for me. At least it feels like that. I also might have to steal that map idea for my middle school library. I LOVE it! Great post...a keeper!

Mary Lee said...

That's my kind of agriculture. The star poem makes me long for a cloudless, city-less, humidity-less summer night sky so that I can actually see the stars. I'll have to make do with the purple flower stars in your post!

Denise Krebs said...

Tabatha, what a sweet pair of poems you shared today. I love the idea of sowing word seeds. And I get to enjoy that summer bowl of stars where I live, and Sandburg's poem makes me remember I need to get out more often and enjoy! Lovely post. The author map is cool too. Thanks again for swapping poems with me. It was very fun!

Bridget Magee said...

Oh those elusive "black seeds"...
Love this post, Tabatha, especially the author map. Am going to share with my daughters. Thanks!

Michelle Kogan said...

The "Agriculture" poem is beautiful–I like all the space between the lines and closing action. And I love Sandburg's "sky bowl" and "lazy and hum-strumming" summer stars——would love to jump in, thanks Tabatha! ;)