Janet Wong writes such beautiful poetry, and I was re-reading her book Twist: yoga poems yesterday.
Janet was on my mind for a few reasons (besides having just had fun seeing her at NCTE). First, though I don’t know her all that well, she generously made a connection that has led to a poetry engagement for me–thank you, Janet! The generosity of the children’s writing community, and the poetry community in particular, is always a gift!
Second, now that I’ve realized I love reading poetry on my iPhone, I’m going to buy her e-collection, Once Upon a Tiger: New Beginnings or Endangered Animals. I’ll report on that in a future Poetry Friday!
And third, I’m thinking about using her fantastic Poetry Suitcase activity in a slightly different way this spring.
Anyway. I was re-reading Twist and decided to share this poem, because Tree variations during yoga are a challenge for me (OK, just about any balance variations) and because it ties in so perfectly and funnily with yesterday’s 15 Words or Less Poems, which were inspired by a tree with some unexpected inhabitants!
That is why
they grow tall,
this is why they bend
so they can see around
a house, over a hill,
beyond a fire.
Look–not just on a windy day.
See how they move.
At the tip of each branch,
there is an eye.
–Janet S. Wong, from Twist, all rights reserved
Lovely, right? And the illustrations by Julie Paschkis are to die for.
Robyn Hood Black at Read, Write, Howl has the Poetry Friday Roundup!