Tuesday, April 13, 2010

NaPoWriMo Poem #13 - LBH's Birthday!

Occasions deserve poems.  As an exchange student in Denmark, I was thrilled by the birthday parties adults threw for each other and for themselves.  Especially on round birthdays (years with a '0' at the end), Danes kick up their heels with original poems and songs sprinkled amidst food and wine.

Today is a day to celebrate!  It is the birthday of Lee Bennett Hopkins, generous poetry taskmaster and muse to so many of us. Please raise a glass of apple juice, your mug of coffee, or that mimosa you've been hiding, and toast with me.

Today
(for LBH)

Our world
has turned
300 twirls
60 spins
and 5.

We're dizzy
celebrating you
tickled
you're alive.

Your name is
written
on the sun
painted
in the sea.

Children
poets
everywhere
sing
Happy birthday Lee!

© Amy LV

Have you always wondered what a 'lipogram' is?  Tricia over at The Miss Rumphius Effect has the answer, and a lipogram poetry stretch for this week too.

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2 comments:

Mary Lee said...

What a great tribute to Lee on his birthday! (LOVE the first stanza!!!)

Amy LV said...

Thank you, Mary Lee! You know, walking with my children yesterday, I saw a huge X in the sky and thought of you...
A.