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Readers, if you’re here on August 23rd, welcome! I got my dates mixed up, and I initially posted this poem last week. Now I am re-sharing this on the proper date, and today’s beautiful Poetry Roundup is with Amy Ludwig VanDerwater at The Poem Farm.
Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
Today is actually a sad Poetry Friday, as children’s poets reflect on the loss of Lee Bennett Hopkins, who passed away last week. But it’s also a time of joy and thankfulness. Joy that we found Lee and enjoyed his work while he was alive. Thankfulness for the generations of poets he touched and inspired.
Jone MacCulloch had the awesome idea that anybody who wanted to would take a line from one of Lee’s poems and use it IN or use it to inspire a poem. I spent a lovely hour Tuesday browsing through some of Lee’s poems in his countless anthologies and collections. I chose the line “miles of piles of leaves,” from his poem “Autumn” in the gorgeous Sharing the Seasons, illustrated by David Diaz.
Fall is my very favorite season. Even though some people think of it as a season of dying, to me it is filled with abundance and fresh beginnings. And that seems so like Lee and his abundant impact on poetry. In fact, I think of all the poems being shared today, poems inspired by Lee and his work, as beautiful leaves drifting down on a stunning autumn day. Thank you, Lee.
I played around with a couple different ideas. I didn’t really get to a poem I’m completely satisfied with, but it’s a work in progress. I’m sharing it here anyway, in honor of and as a thank you to Lee. (I also shared a tribute poem to Lee last week.)
For lots more poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with Christie Wyman!