Thanks, you guys, for all your empathy (both here and on FB) over my editorial news. I really appreciate your encouragement!
And, in a stroke of good timing, on the day I shared my bad news, I got word yesterday that an editor at a different house is taking a rhyming nonfiction manuscript of mine to Acquisitions at the end of September, so that was great news. She’s taken one my manuscripts to Acquisitions before, and it didn’t fly, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this time, the committee will think the book is salable.
It’s time for the second poem in my countdown to school starting (Sep. 8th). Yesterday, I shared a list poem of first-day-of-school worries; today’s is a happier, carefree poem. Both of these were written months ago when I was invited to write a poem for a poetry column–more on that when the poem that was chosen actually appears in print!
Why Ms. Rob Is Awesome
She takes us outside once a week
To see what we can find
And when we find black beetle shells,
She doesn’t seem to mind
She reads us lots of mysteries
And shows us how to spell
She even likes to take her turn
In Monday Show and Tell
She doesn’t make you ask out loud
Each time you have to go
And sometimes when you ask a question
She says, “I don’t know”
(But then she looks it up online
And tells you what she learned)
She brings in pop and jelly beans
For parties we have earned
She smiles and jokes, but then she says
“It’s time to get down to it.”
And when we think we don’t know how
She tells us, “You can do it!”
So if I fail second grade,
I’ll holler and I’ll cheer
Because that means that I might get
Miss Rob again next year!
–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved