Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
You guys, it’s been a rough couple of weeks. My dad was in the hospital for several nights–he’s home and doing…sort of okay. Now my sister (the same one who had serious medical issues earlier this year) is back in the hospital and not doing well. I was already overwhelmed with work deadlines and neighborhood issues, and I’m just feeling kind of numb by now. But I missed y’all last week, so I looked for something quick to share this week. So here’s another poem from my very first trade picture book, Stampede! Poems to Celebrate the Wild Side of School.
I’m one quiet fox.
My desk is my den,
with quizzes, smooth rocks, and
a note from my friend.
I tuck deep inside
the hollowed-out wood
to make me feel safe when I’m
–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved
I would like someplace to feel safe right now. I think we all would. The world of poems and books is my safe place. Yours too? Then visit the Poetry Friday Roundup with the very kind Janice Scully at Salt City Verse.
PS Stampede is out of print now, and the rights to the text have reverted to me. I’m sharing a poem here, and I’ve finally put together a .pdf for teachers that has all the poems (plus a teaching guide and a storytime guide, etc.). It’s a free gift for anyone who subscribes to my Salas Snippets monthly e‑letter for teachers. If you know a teacher who might be interested, please pass this along. Thanks!