Friday, March 23, 2012


Like many of you, I have so loved reading the March madness poems at Think, Kid, Think this week. Many of my favorites, like one by Laura Salas and two by Mary Lee (our host for today's Poetry Friday roundup) had to do with the coming of spring. These poems reminded me of another one of my favorite poems, "Daffodils," by Ralph Fletcher. Ralph's poem first appeared in his book, ORDINARY THINGS: POEMS FROM A WALK IN EARLY SPRING. I was really surprised to discover that this book was published in 1997,  I would have said it was about five years old. I guess then, that it's an oldie but a goodie, but it's definitely worth adding to any poetry collection for kids.


They put on
a little show
simply by being
so yellow.

Their stems
darkly green
against the
faded brown barn.

Ralph Fletcher
from Ordinary Things: Poems from a Walk in Early Spring


Karen said...

Thanks for sharing both the picture and Ralph's words. You're right -- anything he writes is a classic.

Happy Poetry Friday!

Tabatha said...

I've been enjoying daffodils in our front yard very much this week! Ralph Fletcher gets it just right. Thanks for pointing out this collection, Carol.

Jone said...

I love this by Ralph. He was at our school two years ago. Daffodils little rays of sun.

GatheringBooks said...

Hi there, my own ten year old daughter loves reading poems about flowers aloud. This actually reminded me of the Cranberries Song "Daffodil Lament" - one of my favorites.

Cathy said...

Our daffodils just started to burst open in the flowerbeds around our house. It's a nice reminder that warmer days are on the way. I love Ralph's work. I always find it interesting how much he can say with such simplicity.