Thursday, May 31, 2012


Well, hello! 

Come on in! 

My name's Jack!

 Jack Black to be exact, but all my friends call me Jack!

My mom said you were coming!

She said you wanted to share poetry???

Umm, I don't know too much about poetry.

But I would be happy to take you for a ride!

We could go to the dog park!

I'll drive!

After we get back

We could play in the back yard

I'll let you throw my favorite bone

And I'll run and bring it back

So you can throw it again.

And we could always do a little digging--

I like to dig.

My mom said that this used to be her rock garden.

Emphasis on the garden part.

But I don't understand why someone would bury

A perfectly good rock

Unless they wanted someone like me

To dig it up!

You don't want to do that either?

All right then,

I guess we will have to try that poetry stuff!

My mom says if you leave your poems in the comments,

She'll round them up throughout the day.

Thanks for stopping by!

By the way, I actually am a very literate dog!

My mom reads poetry to me all of the time!

Here's one of my favorite dog poems…

Under a maple tree

The dog lies down,

Lolls his limp

Tongue, yawns,

Rests his long chin

Carefully between

Front paws;

Looks up, alert;

Chops, with heavy

Jaws, at a slow fly,

Blinks, rolls

On his side,

Sighs, closes

His eyes: sleeps

All afternoon

In his loose skin.


Robyn Hood Black said...

Thank you, Carol and Jack, for hosting Poetry Friday! (And for sharing the wonderful Valerie Worth poem). I'm in with musings about Pocahontas, Bungee Jumping, and Motherhood and an original poem at

Books4Learning said...

Thank you for hosting. Please include my post.

Linda B said...

I love the pics, Carol, of your Jack. Labs have a special place in my heart so this is terrific to have one hosting, with his mistress. Thank you, & for the loving poem. I'm in today with a new poem discovered just yesterday, about place.

GatheringBooks said...

Hello there Carol, thanks so much for hosting this week. At GatheringBooks, Fats is sharing two poems by Adrienne Rich as we continue to celebrate the Festival of Asian Lit and Immigrant Experience theme. :) Here is the link:

Renee LaTulippe said...

Thanks to all the two-legged and four-legged critters for hosting today!

I've got a couple things to share today. First there's a poetry video of Laura Sassi reading her poem "Sir Ned" on my blog No Water River:

On Sylvia Vardell's blog Poetry for Children, I am sharing ways that teachers and students can use the poetry video library at No Water River:

Greg Pincus said...

Thanks for hosting! I'm up with an original (and sily) poem...

My Friend Kim


Tabatha said...

I'm impressed by your good taste in poetry, Jack. Thanks for hosting!

I've got an award and a cemetery cento today:

jama said...

Ruff ruff! Great intro Jack!

I'm all about strawberries today at Alphabet Soup:

Love the Valerie Worth poem, Carol. Thanks so much for hosting today!

Author Amok said...

Hi, Carol. Jack looks like a happy dog. Thanks to both of you for hosting.

I'm excited to announce my new book, Voices Fly, an anthology of poetry workshops and student poems. It's designed for use in the classroom.

Mary Lee said...

Love that loose-skinned sleeping dog!

I have a poem of relief. It's about rain. And it's about the first day of summer break.

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Atta boy Jack! Great taste in poetry I see. Thanks for hosting us! My poem is a haiku about a bird who'd love to meet you.

Diane Mayr said...

Jack is so cute! Thanks for introducing us to him.

At Random Noodling today I have an original poem called "Jones Beach, 1965."

Kurious Kitty has found "Wild Strawberries" by Helen Dunmore, and, at Kurious K's Kwotes' the P.F. quote is by Dunmore, too.

Have a great weekend!

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

Oh what fun to have Jack motivate us for this poetry Friday! Here's my link to some beachy poems, since that's where my kids seem to be already!

Irene Latham said...

Jack, I have often adored the challenge of a fantastic buried rock. :) Thank you for the warm welcome! I've got a Li-Young Lee poem that speaks of peaches and being grateful... and a quote from him that relates poetry to apocalypse.

thanks for hosting!

Violet N. said...

What great taste in poetry - Jack (and Carol). And thanks for hosting, Carol.

My contribution goes well with breakfast (or lunch, or a snack)-- an original poem called Toast.

It's here:


Anastasia Suen said...

Thanks for hosting Poetry Friday, Carol and Jack! At Booktalking, my Picture Book of the Day is Cindy Moo by Lori Mortensen (Author) and Jeff Mack (Illustrator). Cindy Moo wants to jump over the moon just like the cow did in the nursery rhyme.

Amy LV said...

This made me crack up! Jack is an excellent host...and writer too. Thank you for hosting!

Today at The Poem Farm, I have a poem about writing and feature a first grade teacher and student writer. Chloe Conrad's poems are lovely!

Happy Poetry Friday! a.

Elaine Magliaro said...

Thanks for doing the roundup this week. BTW, my daughter has a Yellow Lab named Jack. He is a bit of a rascal!

At Wild Rose Reader, I have an original acrostic poem about JUNE.

Jone said...

Love Jack! Great host. Valerie Worth is so great. I am celebratin Nationa Donut Day:

Little Willow said...

Good morning, Jack! Good morning, fellow bloggers. Thanks for hosting, Carol.

I posted Bird's Song at Morning by William James Dawson at Bildungsroman this morning. Say that three times fast!

April Halprin Wayland said...

Dear Carol!

I LOVE Jack, Valerie Worth, and DOG poems--arf, arf!

This week, at, I'm sharing a quote from California's new Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, as well as a quick poetry prompt and a book giveaway--you can't beat that!

Janet S. said...

Thanks for hosting.

My selection is "Guyku a year of haiku for boys" written by Bob Raczka with illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds.

Charles Ghigna said...

Thanks, Carol. New "Victory" poem inspired by my favorite young artist posted @ The FATHER GOOSE Blog

Ruth said...

I have two poems today about remembering and forgetting. They are here.

Thanks for hosting!

Lorie Ann Grover said...

How fun, Carol! Thanks for hosting.

At On Point I have my haiku While Washing Dishes in Italy. And at readertotz we have a review of New York, Baby!.

I'm Jet . . . said...

Thanks for hosting, Jack. Greetings to your mom and other PF contributors.

The Write Sisters have a poem about leaving work alone for today.

You can find it here:


Betsy Hubbard said...

Wonderful post Jack! I love all the photos of your big smile, what a fun time you are having!

My poem is about friends, connections and lost connections.

Jim Hill said...

Thanks for hosting Carol. And Jack, who's a good boy? Who's a good boy?

I have a original up on my site - Hat's Off! - about the joys of playing make-believe and dress-up.

Liz Steinglass said...

HI Everyone,
I'm arriving awful late today because I haven't been feeling well. But better late than never, right? I have an original poem about a special day--"One Time" at
Thanks for hosting, Carol. Have a great weekend to all.