Day 3: Things to Do if You Are Spring and Add Your Own Line #PoetryFriday

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I’m so pleased to have a Things to Do poem on the last page of the Spring 2020 edition of Children & Libraries, the ALSC journal. Here’s the first half of it. You can read the full text here:

Boy, spring looks a lot different now than it did when I first wrote this poem. In fact, I was supposed to be at Hope College in Michigan talking with pre-service teachers right now:>(  If you feel so inclined, add your own line to this poem in the comments. Your line could reflect traditional spring things, or it could be more up-to-the-minute, reflecting our current upheaval! Just start your line with a verb and tell spring what its job is. Hey, perhaps next Friday, I’ll compile them all into our community poem: Things to Do if You Are Spring (Pandemic Edition). I like that idea!

And for lots of wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with poet-teacher Heidi Mordhorst!Save

30 Responses

  1. I’ll add a line that goes with my photo poem prompt today.
    Curl up like a caterpillar waiting for wings.

  2. Wow! Congratulations! I love kissing snow families good bye until next year. I would add.…

    Pin daffodil pom poms to your green cardigan

  3. Yep, spring’s a bit different here right now. It’s snowing! Back to warmer next week! It’s a love poem to spring, Laura! Here’s a line: “Blow dandelion parachutes”

  4. Given our current state of the world, here’s my line to your poem:
    scrub your hands wrist to nails whilst reciting “Praying” by Mary Oliver (for 20 seconds).
    Thanks for the chance to contribute! 🙂

  5. Love your poem, especially “Throw a big tantrum. Make it stormy and loud!” We just had a big spring storm here last week. Comparing a storm to a tantrum is perfect! Take care and stay well.

  6. Congratulations on your poem! Here’s my line with one of my favorite signs of spring (and quite loud these days):

    Conduct a chorus of spring peepers

  7. I would like to tell the earth to just skip over 2020 and get right to 2021, but we would probably in the same boat. Here’s my contribution towards directions for spring. Here in parts of of Canada, (and maybe in the USA) even the weather says stay at home!
    Let loose wild winds and heavy snow so people stay at home.

  8. Thanks for this delightful poem, and post Laura! Sometimes we need to escape from all that’s happening, sooo here’s my escaping line…

    Mush around and make mud cakes in the ooshy gushy mud…

  9. Glad to see
    Your last word, Lara,as I stand in line at Costco typing with my latex gloves on.

    “Slip your twiggy fingers
    Into green gloves. Perform
    soul surgery on every tiny
    patch of us. “

  10. Lovely poem, Laura! So nice to have it appear in the ALSC Journal. If I were spring, I think I might throw pollen confetti on cars and sidewalks.

    1. Thank you, Michelle! Yes, I love being able to reach librarians. Thanks for your line!

  11. Welcome back the birds from the south. Ruth, in the south, sorry to see the birds go!

  12. Not sure if I added my thoughts to your post, Laura, since I don’t see it here. Things to do If I Was Spring addition: Ride the waves with glee. Splash through life with hope.

    1. I don’t think so, Carol. Love this! I’m excited to put this community poem together:>) Stay well!

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