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Yep! You've found it! Poetry Friday is here!
My guys are home from college
it's the first time I have seen them in eleven months
both of them are struggling
one realizing that his lifelong dreams of playing in the NFL
probably are not going to happen
and the other shipping his stuff home from college
with no plans of returning
and no idea what he wants to do next
and this week we have watched
and I have not known what to say
to my precious chocolate-skinned sons
about the wrongness
of the world.
But today I baked my first pumpkin pie ever
and cooked Thanksgiving dinner,
then ate turkey while listening to my man-children
decry the evils of meat,
Why would you put something else's blood into your body?
My guys cleaned up the kitchen
without being asked
and listened to more
about the evils of meat-eating.
How could you eat the soul of another living being?
And then they left
to go find friends
and probably engage in questionable activities
and I walked the dog
on a sixty-degree
And thought about
how good our life
Today made me think of a poem Parker J. Palmer posted on Facebook earlier this week.
Praise the light of late November,
the thin sunlight that goes deep in the bones.
Praise the crows chattering in the oak trees;
though they are clothed in night, they do not
despair. Praise what little there's left:
the small boats of milkweed pods, husks, hulls,
shells, the architecture of trees.
Read the rest of the poem here.
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Thanks for stopping by.
- Robyn was the first to visit on Thursday evening. She's got a really fun idea for creating "micro found poetry ornaments." I may have to try this!
- Laura Purdie Salas was the second early bird. Laura has an original cinquain, written in response to Sara Pennypacker's picture book, PIERRE IN LOVE. Laura's husband is having kidney stone surgery on Friday so we are sending lots of healing thoughts their way!
- Penny Klosterman and her nephew are back for Episode #7, a very clever take on leftover turkey!
- At Wee Words for Wee Ones, Bridget Magee has some original thoughts on Black Friday!
- For more thoughts on Black Friday (and before you head out to the mall), stop by Sylvia Vardell's Poetry for Children.
- At THE POEM FARM, Amy Ludwig Vanderwater invites us into a moment at her Thanksgiving dinner table. And at her other blog, SHARING OUR NOTEBOOKS, she announces the winners of a giveaway.
- Diane Mayr wrote an original tanka, after seeing a starling "murmuration." Be sure to watch the accompanying youtube video- it's breathtaking!
- Mary Lee also has an original poem, written after the first snow of the season. She'll be writing a haiku every day for the month of December, and invites us to join her at her poetry blog.
- Carol Varsalona also describes the first snow of the season in an original poem, "Fall's Transition." You have until the end of next week to add your original poems and photographs to her finding fall collection.
- Michelle Barnes has been hosting a monster haiku challenge all month. You have until Sunday to submit your haiku to be eligible to win a copy of Bob Raczka's new book, SANTA CLAUSES. You can also enter the drawing simply by commenting on her blog today!
- Fantasy lovers will want to be sure and stop by Gathering Books, where Iphigene is featuring a Tolkien ballad, "Far Over the Misty Mountain," performed on a Youtube video.
- Those of you who are NOT shopping today will enjoy Mary Ann Hoberman's picture book poem I LIKE OLD CLOTHES, featured this morning by Irene Latham. Be sure to take time to listen to Hoberman read her book.