Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
I recently opened an envelope to find an ARC of I’m the Big One Now!, a forthcoming poetry picture book by Marilyn Singer (one of my favorites) and Jana Christy (love the charming art). Thank you, Wordsong!
I love so many of the poems in this book, especially Marilyn’s poems for two voices. She does those so beautifully, which must be why her reversos rock, as well. Anyway, formatting them properly is too challenging for my blog, but here’s another one of my favorites.
Since I grew up in Florida, I have many awesome ocean memories, and Marilyn’s poem taps right into all of them! It makes me wish I were going to have time to slip away to the beach for a few hours soon.
First Visit to the Ocean
Seeing it on TV
doesn’t tell you how big the ocean is,
or how salty it tastes
when a wave sprays your face,
how it can erase
footprints, messages, castles with moats,
how it welcome gulls and clams and all kinds of boats,
doesn’t show how you leave the city so far behind
and arrive in a country so new
you imagine you’re a dolphin
in that wide, wide world of blue.
–Marilyn Singer, all rights reserved, from I’m the Big One Now (Wordsong, 2019)
Isn’t that dreamy and mesmerizing, just like the ocean? For lots more wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with Tara!
Also, I’m visiting my dad in Florida right NOW (but not, sadly, at the beach), so I won’t be able to reply to comments this week.