Friday, May 14, 2010

Poetry Friday & MyPoWriYe #44 - Bridge

                                  "Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
                                   There is no happiness like mine.
                                   I have been eating poetry."
                                   Mark Strand
                                  (Reasons for Moving)

Today I would like to recommend two poetry anthologies from Garrison Keillor.  In addition to sharing a daily poem and highlights at National Public Radio's The Writer's Almanac, in addition to his radio show Prairie Home Companion, in addition to novels and joke books...these two anthologies are solid, real, human.  I have consulted Good Poems and Good Poems for Hard Times over and over when seeking "just the right poem" for a person, happy occasion or difficult time.  Each time I open these pages to poems such as Mary Oliver's "When Death Comes", I am reminded that poetry is a life-teacher.


As Poem #44 of my quest to write and post a new children's poem each day for a year, this one comes from a simple and oh-so-satisfying activity of childhood:  building a rock bridge.

Today's Poetry Friday is hosted by Jama at Jama Rattigan's Alphabet Soup.  If you click your heels on over there, you will find many interesting links to poetry in the kidlitosphere today.

If you are a regular reader here and would be willing to pass The Poem Farm's address along to a friend, post it on your own website, or join on as a follower, I would be very grateful.  If you do, please let me know so that I can thank you properly.

Happy Poetry Friday!

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  1. Amy - this was one of my favorite things to do when I was a kid. My friend and I spent hours at the little creek in our neighborhood. Thanks!

  2. Hi Amy,

    Also, in the sweaty summer time, it was nice to "slip" into the creek for wading . . . with or without sneakers.

    Laura Evans

  3. Hi Amy,
    I did this too! Only our purpose was always to create a dam to make a little shallow swimming hole and feel like we made a difference in the whole path of the creek.

  4. "We giggle with the water"

    That's exactly the sound it makes! A giggle!

  5. Laura, Laura, Susan, & Mary Lee,
    Your notes made my day - I loved thinking about more creek memories, especially the fort we built out of big rocks along the banks.