Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome, everyone! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
I’m back with a third poem from The Poetry of US, J. Patrick Lewis’ newest anthology with National Geographic. I originally wrote this poem for one of my books for teachers, Wacky, Wild, and Wonderful: 50 State Poems. Other than family, the only thing I miss about Florida is the beach. So lots of watery, beachy poems made it into that book. It is so lovely to see my Delaware poem paired with this gorgeous National Geographic photo. And I’m sharing a page with Laura Shovan’s fabulous “Beach Day!”
Here’s the text of the poem, plus a bit of extra info.
Delaware: Water, Water Everywhere
Broad Creek slithers
like a snake
cold and grey
Breakers and currents
Note: Delaware is a small state that packs a big wet punch. Numerous rivers, ponds, and swamps saturate this state, and the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay form its entire eastern boundary. Tidal flooding and wind and wave erosion wash sand into the water, eroding the shoreline. In some areas, authorities pump sand from offshore back onto the beach. [Chant]
A Note from the Poet: I love the names of places. It’s fun when I visit other states or even other countries to look at the signs for towns and cities that sound so different from the ones I’m familiar with. For the second stanza, I especially looked for place names that had c- and k- sounds. I like how harsh and sputtery it sounds when I read that stanza aloud.
Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty has the Poetry Friday Roundup today, so you’ll find lots more poetry there!