Thursday, June 23, 2011


Poetry Friday is here today!
I'm so glad to have you visit!

The iris in Colorado have been gorgeous
for the past few weeks.
Went searching for an iris poem
to match a picture I took this week
and found the perfect one by Mary Oliver.

Mary Oliver

It doesn't have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention…

Read the rest of the poem here.

Leave your links in the comment section
and I will round them up several times throughout the day.


Charles Ghigna said...

Hi Carol! Thanks for hosting! In keeping with the weekl;y art poem parade, we would like to present "El Greco" at

Diane Mayr said...

Hi Carol! That's a great poem! I wonder if she wrote it after a teen walked by texting and missing the whole beautiful day? There's so much we're missing nowadays.

My P.F. posts will all be up after midnight:

At Random Noodling I contemplate Keanu Reeves' proposed haiku book. I conclude with a few haiku from Basho.

Kurious Kitty looks at Bye-and-Bye by Charles Wright, and, at Kurious K's Kwotes the quote is by Charles Wright.

At my new blog, Kids of the Homefront Army, the poem is called "Air Raid!"

jama said...

Beautiful iris, and yes, the perfect poem for it!

I'm celebrating vegetables today with Barbara Crooker:

Thanks for hosting, Carol, and have a nice weekend!

Amy L V said...

Thank you for hosting and for sharing such a beautiful Mary Oliver poem.

Today I am sharing a poem which appears in a new book along with a link to the story of the artwork it appears with. So happy!

Happy Poetry Friday!


Amy L V said...

Oops! I think I may have forgotten the link in my comment! Sorry!

Gathering Books said...

I Love Mary Oliver's poetry! Thanks for hosting poetry friday Carol. Here's our contribution this week:

Julie said...

Thanks so much for hosting, Carol! This week over at
The Drift Record I have the final installment in my riddle series - this time with riddles from Rebecca Kai Dotlich, J.R.R. Tolkein, Mother Goose, Emily Dickinson, the Aztecs and the Congo.

Mary Lee said...

Thank you for a gorgeous iris photo and a new favorite Mary Oliver poem to go with it!

I'm thinking about paying attention to the beauty of the world this week, too. It's firefly season in Ohio right now, and our wet weather has made it a great year for the flashing green lights in the lawn!

We also need to fill the PF Round Up schedule. Please invite folks to sign up for a week here:

Happy Friday!!

laurasalas said...

Thanks for hosting, Carol! I have "Get Smart With the Periodic Table" (by me) at

I also have this week's 15 Words or Less poems--come hoop it up--at

Beautiful Oliver poem. I especially love:

this isn't
a contest but the doorway

into thanks

Thanks for sharing that. She's so wonderful!

Tabatha said...

Thanks for hosting, Carol!

Beautiful iris you've got there! I've got poetry by Sophie Hannah today:

Irene Latham said...

Oh, Carol -- YES to Mary Oliver, YES to paying attention! I'm in with poetry tips from children's poet extraordinaire, Rebecca Kai Dotlich.
Thanks so much for hosting!

Katie said...

My Poetry Friday post is a review of You Read To Me, I'll Read To You by Mary Ann Hoberman.

Thanks for hosting!

Robyn Hood Black said...

Poetry as a "doorway into thanks..." - what a wonderful poem, and thanks so much for sharing! Today I have a few poems from students (yep - even in summer!) at:

KateCoombs said...

Thanks, Carol! I love Mary Oliver...

Here's my link: I'm moving out of state, so I wrote a packing poem, actually a villanelle inspired by a prompt from April Halprin Wayland during National Poetry Month:

--Kate Coombs at Book Aunt

david elzey said...

thanks for hosting, carol.

this week i've got a collection of poems made from four-letter words found on road signs, semi-found poems i'm calling them.

Doraine said...

Thanks for hosting, Carol. This is a beautiful iris. I've not had much success with irises, though I do love them.

I have an original poem about turtles this week at DoriReads.

Elaine Magliaro said...

Thanks so much for doing the roundup this week. At Wild Rose Reader, I have an original cento poem that I wrote for a retiring music teacher.

Carol said...

Over at, I'm playing around with the poetic form called a trimeric--it's addictive and fun! Come by, read some, then try your hand at one and share it! ~ April Halprin Wayland,

Carol said...

Whoops, that last comment is really from April. She sent it to me last night because she was going to be away today. Hop over to her site and try a trimeric- kind of fun!

Sara said...

Hi, Carol---thank you so much for hosting. Mary Oliver is always welcome.

I'm sharing a belated father's day post. My daughter, Rebecca catalogs what it's like to be a fighter pilot's daughter: The Fighter Pilot.

Heidi Mordhorst said...

Hello, Carol--

Bubbling through with a bit of beachside froth courtesy of Edward Lear: The Jumblies. There are times when not paying attention is as important as paying attention...

Karen Edmisten said...

Thanks for hosting! I always love Mary Oliver's work.

I'm in with Thomas McGrath this week, and the link is here.

Rebecca Gomez said...

I've put up a poem about spilling sugar.

Rebecca Gomez

Carlie said...

I have an original poem about eating watermelon on my site today!

Thanks so much for hosting. I love that iris poem and think it would be fun to write it into a watercolor painting of an iris. Maybe that sounds random but I can visualize it!

Elaine Magliaro said...

I'm Back! At Blue Rose Girls, I have an original animal mask poem titled "Grizzly Bear."

Douglas Florian said...

Thanx for hosting Carol.
I've got an E.E. Cummings summer poem cooking at the Florian Cafe:

Susan Taylor Brown said...

Thanks for hosting for us.

I have an original poem inspired by a recent change in my eating habits.

Susan Taylor Brown

Libby Frankel said...

Thank you for hosting - what a beautiful photograph and poem!

Here is my link to an "original" ... inspired by a busy week at home with my toddler.

Poetry Friday - A Year of Literacy Coaching!

Janet S. said...

Thanks for hosting.
My selection is "Ellington was not a street" written by Ntozake Shange with illustrations by Kadir Nelson.

Laurie Kolp said...

You have a beautiful blog, Carol. I hope you don't mind if I join in the poetic fun? Here's a poem I'd like to share: