Happy Poetry Friday!
I’ll have another tip Tuesday in my month-long Poetry Tips for Teachers series. For today, I already have two poems I need to share because of other folks’ schedules, so I didn’t want to overwhelm you with even more stuff!
For my first Poetry Friday poem, I am pleased to be featured over at Penny Parker Klostermann’s blog with a poetry/art collaboration between me and my niece, Lily. I hope you’ll visit and check it out! [Note: I’m on the road and will respond to comments there, but probably not until at least Sunday.] Here I am reading the poem that Lily did the fabulous art for.
For my second Poetry Friday poem, here’s a pantoum–that’s what the Poetry Seven did this month. While reading a few sample pantoums, I read the lyrics to Rush’s “A Larger Bowl.” Such a heartbreaking poem/song, written by Neil Peart. (I’m going to a Rush concert in a week or so, so maybe I’ll get to hear it live…) And then I read my Poetry Sisters’ poems, and they are just stunning. I am only somewhat satisfied with my own effort, but it does have its moments. Maybe.
Each of us used “flight” or “certain,” and some of us used both! I read a blog post somewhere (can’t find it now) that was pondering how something knew to bloom or something and used the idea of earth itself as a clock. I loved and stole that for my tundra swan poem :>)
Time for Flight
The clock of land chimes autumn,
telling me the time is right for flight
September’s golden seconds drain away
as winter rips out eelgrass hours
Tell me: Is the time right for flight?
The seasons circle, and I twirl to face south
Winter rips out eelgrass hours
and I search for the sweep of instinct.
As the seasons circle, I twirl to face south,
testing tailwinds with my widespread wings
I search for the sweep of instinct
to sound the gong on my feathered heart
I test tailwinds with my widespread wings
as September’s golden seconds drain away
Then, a gong sounds on my feathered heart
The land, my clock, is chiming!
–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved
You can read all the Poetry Seven’s poems below. They. Are. Awesome. Don’t miss them. I’m traveling, so I’m not sure when I’ll be able to put live links in. But do visit!
Tricia? (wood ducklings’ first flight)
Sara? (sensuous love poem)
Kelly (carpe diem–then let it go)
Liz (how little we know)
Andi (motherhood, Star Wars, and the military)
Tanita (who lined YOUR nest?)
Next up will be…um, I have no idea! But here are our previous collaborations:
April 2015: Raccontinos
Mar 2015: Sestinas (Lord have mercy)
Feb 2015: Villanelles on hidden things
Jan 2015: Triolets on beginnings (And I posted an extra one here.)
Pre-2015: Villanelles, a crown sonnet, rondeau redoubles, and pantoums
And for more Poetry Friday fun, visit Ellen at Elementary Dear Reader for the Poetry Friday Roundup!