Friday, August 23, 2013

Poetry Friday is Here!

You found it! I am excited to be hosting Poetry Friday once again, but from my newer toddler, one might say! I have been working on other writing projects about poetry instead of writing poems lately. But, as I sat here this week pondering a poem, a rhyme, anything really I realized all I can think about is summer slipping away. How it comes and then it goes and we all move through to the next season.

I hope you will all join me for Chalk-A-Bration on Saturday August, 31st! I hope to keep the Chalk-A-Bration going all year long this time so be sure to join in and check out all the chalkers next week!

And now onto my offerings of the day...





And then.....I saw a bee! I am so easily distracted. But, had to write about it, because it was a bee buzzing really close to me on my hydrangea bush. Don't worry, the bee was unharmed.

Pollen parcels
packed for flight.
From petal to petal
your dance, a sight

I watch you
captured in the web.
As petals cradle
your little head.

Photo by Shawn Hubbard

And so begins the roundup.....drum roll......

Go catch some fish with Charles Ghigna over at Father Goose!

Check it Out with Jone where she shares a collaborative poem with Mary Lee and information on the Cybils.

Linda, from Teacherdance, wrote a poem back in April using a prompt idea shared by Mary Lee! Linda shares this poem as well as some thoughts about beginning the new school year.

April has guest Sonya Sones who offers teaching tips and a big poetry reveal at Teaching Authors. But that's not all...there's a book giveaway!

Join BJ Lee over at Blue Window for an original ballad.

Myra at Gathering Books shares a wreath of words and a heroic crown of sonnets.

This week at The Drift Record, Julie posts several double dactyls and challenges readers to write one as a way to honor the late poet John Hollander.

Michelle shares an original mask poem titled "Sky Calling" at Today's Little Ditty.

Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference has a cleave poem.

Mary Lee shares two poetry book reviews as she begins a busy school year. Go see the reviews at A Year of Reading.

At Carol's Corner you will find a poem celebrating the unknowns of  "The First Day of School" by Judith Viorst.

Margaret has an exercise she did with her kids this week at Reflection on the Teche.

At The Late Bloomer's Book Blog Gigi has some entertaining animal poetry.

Irene Latham has Valerie Worth poems about farm animals this Poetry Friday at Live Your Poem.

Jama is back from a blogging break and is featuring Kate Lebo, Seattle's Pie Poet. Go check it out at Jama's Alphabet Soup.

Join Author Amok in Gettysburg while her family tours the battlefields ans she shares a poem by a Confederate veteran, describing (some think) the doomed and famous Pickett's Charge.

Stefanie from Morning Musing comes with an ode to one of her favorite summer activities.

Want to read an original poem from the garden? Join Liz Steinglass at her blog for some Fuzzy Tails.

Diane swoops in with a summer poem at Random Noodling and of course KK's Kwotes joins us too!

Check out some Poetry Resources from Penny at a penny and her jots.

Jeannine wrote about deepening poems at Views from a Window Seat.

Ruth has Christina Ressetti's "In an Artist's Studio," at There is no such thing as a God-forsaken town.

At Poet! Poet! Anastasia shares a "Why Haiku" that she wrote for Michelle's Haiku garden.

Keri joins us with her last poem swap at Keri Recommends.

Ready for a double haiku about an emu? Go get it with Becky at Tapestry of Words.

Matt joins in with a poem called "To the Newborn," at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme. You must stop here to see this precious new baby.

Little Willow joins in with Universal by Walt Whitman.

At has five new poems and 15 lunchbox doodle cartons as a result of taking suggestions from twitter and Facebook for challenging poem vocabulary. Check out the tricky words with Samuel.

The Drawer of M.M. Socks brings us an original poem about Mr. Knuckles!

Find an original poem and a writing exercise with Joy at Poetry for Kids Joy.

JoAnn has an original poem in The Fib form, check out her blog to learn more!

In this week with Billy Collins and Aimless Love is Karen.

With a poem called Surrender Dia joins the party.

Robin joins us from Teaching Tomorrow's Leaders with a new and improved revised version of a poem called The Summer Bathtub.

Liana joins us from Commas Have Wings, she is a poetry advocate (love her already). Go read her poetic share!

Doraine's post from Dori Reads was inspired by Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer.

Jen from Teach Mentor Texts brings us two poems from the book Falling Hard, 100 Love Poems by Teenagers by Betsy Franco.

Bridget Magee brings a poem about three little...but big on importance words. Find her at wee words for wee ones.

Amy from The Poem Farm is in late but joins us with a post including some cats and life in New York City.

Roundup complete now onto reading all of you! Happy weekend poetry friends.


  1. Thanks, Betsy, for hosting and for sharing your "sweet summer song."

    We've gone fishing today trying to catch a few poems at the FATHER GOOSE Blog

  2. Hi Betsy. Love the bee. Thank you for hosting. Have a collaborative poem with Mary Lee and info about the CYBILS:

  3. Love that 'petals cradling your little head', Betsy. So glad you wrote again! I love the summer song too-can't believe it's getting darker earlier-seems so fast! Thanks for hosting! I'm sharing a poem I wrote back in April from a prompt Mary Lee Hahn shared. At the beginning of school, we're thinking much about reading and exciting kids about books.

  4. Betsy, thanks for hosting!

    Both of your poems should be summer songs. I'll be "chalk-a-brating" with you in spirit while on vacation!

    Meanwhile, YA verse novelist Sonya Sones visits TeachingAuthors to tell us about her newest book--To Be Perfectly Honest (A Novel Based on an Untrue Story)--enter our book giveaway! She also shares teaching tips and an enigmatic poem from the book ~

  5. Thanks for hosting, Betsy. Are those dogwood blossoms? So lovely! I'm in today with an original ballad and talk about ballads in general:

  6. Hello, Betsy. Thank you so much for hosting this week. I have a wreath of words and a heroic crown of sonnets today in GatheringBooks with "A Wreath for Emmett Till" by Marilyn Nelson and Philippe Lardy. Here's the link:

    I love that you also have flowers here as our post seem to be kin this week. :)

  7. Thanks for hosting, Betsy. This week at The Drift Record I post several double dactyls and challenge all readers to write one as a way to honor the poet John Hollander, who died last Saturday.

  8. I'm all for the sweet songs of summer to sing on for a little longer. Really enjoyed your bee description, "Pollen parcels/packed for flight." It all flies by too quickly! At Today's Little Ditty, I have an original mask poem titled "Sky Calling." You can find it here:
    Thanks for hosting PF today!

  9. I'm with Michelle -- Summer, don't go! Thanks for hosting and for sharing your poems with us! I have a cleave poem today:

  10. Love the alliteration in your summer song!

    It's the end of the first week of school, and I'm just being practical...I'm sharing links to two new books of poetry I reviewed earlier in the week when I had a bit more sanity. I am promising myself (as usual) that things WILL slow down next week!

  11. Good morning Betsy! Love your end of summer song. I'm celebrating the end of summer, and the beginning of the school year, with "The First Day of School," an oldie but goodie by Judith Viorst.

  12. Betsy, Happy Friday. School has started for me so I am in with an exercise I did with my kids this week using Claude Debussy's Clare de Lune.

    Love your slippery summer poem and especially like the line in the bee poem about the petals cradling its head. Thanks for hosting.

  13. A very appropriate summer poem. The bee poem is very sweet with great imagery. I am sharing a book of entertaining animal poetry.

  14. "Sun sings so-long" is perfect! Thank you, Betsy. I've got Valerie Worth poems about farm animals:

  15. Hi Betsy,

    What lovely poems for the end of summer!

    I'm back from summer blog hiatus with a post featuring Kate Lebo, Seattle's Pie Poet.

    Thanks so much for hosting this week. Eat pie! :)

  16. Hi, Betsy! Thanks for hosting today. I'm checking in from Gettysburg, where my family will be touring the battlefields today. I have a poem by a Confederate veteran, describing (some think) the doomed and famous Pickett's Charge.

  17. Hi Betsy! Great poem to get us thinking! Those last glorious days of summer. You'll find an ode to one of my favourite summer activities at

  18. Just popping in for a quick wave, Betsy - thanks for hosting! (I'm still on a mini-hiatus this month but will be back in the PF swing soon.)

    Love those "Pollen parcels/packed for flight." Happy Poetry Friday to all!

  19. Hi Betsy. Thanks for hosting. We had a mini chalkabration at our house yesterday and I was thinking of the end of summer too. I'll post some pictures at the end of the month. Today I have an original poem from the garden--Fuzzy Tails.

  20. Hi Betsy! Love the summer poems! I have my poems from the 2013 Summer Poem Swap at Random Noodling.

    KK's Kwotes has a Kay Ryan quote for today.

  21. Betsy,
    What a wonderful week for summer poems! They're lovely! Thanks for hosting!

    I am featuring my Poetry Resource page today at ~a penny and her jots~.

  22. Betsy, I love your adoration of s's, bees, hydrangeas, and general enthusiasm! Thank you, and for hosting. I wrote about Deepening poems at:

  23. Here's my poem for today. I have Christina Rossetti's "In an Artist's Studio." Thanks for hosting!

  24. Thanks for hosting today, Betsy! I love how you were so in the moment that you discovered a new poem. At Poet! Poet! I have a "Why Haiku" haiku that I wrote for Michelle's Haiku Garden.

  25. That bee was in heaven, Betsy! You perfectly captured the sweet sadness of summer ending, and proved distraction can be a path to creativity. Thanks for hosting, too! At Keri Recommends I have my last poem swap contribution, with fingers crossed that Jone got in the mail first. ;-)

  26. Thanks so much for hosting, Betsy! I love your poems!

    In my Poetry Friday post today I have a double haiku about an emu:

    Thank you!
    = ) Becky

  27. Hi Betsy, thanks for hosting! I loved your poems...especially "Summer stands still!
    I'm late to the party, but here's my link:

    Thank you!

  28. Thanks for the roundup! :)

    I posted a piece of Song of the Universal by Walt Whitman at my blog, Bildungsroman.

    Happy Friday, everyone!

  29. Hi Betsy,

    Thanks for hosting today. No blog for me (I'm going to start again in September) but wanted to stop by and say I found out this summer that I know your sister! Lori and I are in the same crit group, and I live down the road from you.

    I enjoyed your late summer songs--especially the couplet that starts "pollen parcels packed for flight." I can see the full pollen baskets on your bee!


    1. What a small world we live in!!!! We must meet some day :)

  30. Thank you for hosting today. This week I posted 5 new poems and 15 lunchbox doodle cartoons at I started taking suggestions on twitter and Facebook for challenging poem vocaublary words. As a result of Matt Forrest and Joe Mohr's recommendations, I crafted a poem with "tintinabulation" and another with "defenstrate". It's like my own personal 16-seed March Madness poetry competition!

  31. Thanks for hosting! No one knows knocking knowledge better than Mr Knuckles.

    Mr Knuckles - a poem by M. M. Socks.

  32. What a great poetry Friday. I'm enjoying reading everyone's posts. I have an original poem and writing exercise at

    Thanks for hosting us all.

  33. I love "sun/sings/so-long"! I'm thinking about summer slipping away today, too! I've posted a Fib about that transition and a link to a Write a Poem Step by Step Birthday Sale at

  34. Thanks for hosting, and I love the name of your blog. :)
    I'm in this week with Billy Collins and Aimless Love. It's here.

  35. Love the summer poem! My poem this week is SURRENDER.

  36. I love the two poems you shared today! Thanks for hosting!

    Today I revisited and revised a poem from last still fits the way I feel at the end of summer.

  37. I've been on hiatus so long, I completely forgot to post my link this morning. Oh, well. Thanks for hosting!

  38. I always tell myself I'm going to post early in the morning and then I go through my regular morning routine and forget! Thanks for hosting this week!

  39. I love your bee poem being a "B" myself!
    "As petals cradle
    your little head."
    Lovely! Happy Poetry Friday!

  40. I love that you were distracted by a bee. I know the feeling! And this line "Pollen parcels
    packed for flight" - fabulous! What an image.

    Thanks for the roundup, Betsy. I'm still on blog hiatus, but enjoying everyone's offerings.

  41. Oh, I echo what Renee just said. I was going to write that same thing - I adore that line. So perfect in meaning and sound! Thank you for welcoming us to your wonderful toddler blog. Such a cute image!

    I'm super late this week, but my post is finally up - almost to the next Friday. It's a cat post...and a New York City post too -

    xo, a.