Friday, October 28, 2011

Round and Round

Nest after Nest
by Amy LV


Students - earlier this week, walking through our yard, I came across a blown-down, used-up nest. In an eye-blink I was whisked through all of the seasons. A spring of building and growing. A summer of flight. An autumn of goodbye. An approaching winter of quiet. Once again, a small nest reminded me of the cycle of life, and I imagined the same twigs being used more than once by more than one mother bird.

Sitting down to write today's poem, that nest appeared in my mind again. A bit flattened and worn, looking more like a bunch of sticks than a home, this nest whispered to me of all mothers. We build, we create, we love, we say goodbye, we all fly. This happens again and again, in the bird world and in the human world too.

Watch your life carefully this week. Assign yourself the job of noticing tiny beauties. Gather them in your own mind like small twigs and bits of string. And then, later, when you sit to write...they may come back and fly into your heart, flapping the words of poetry.

We do all have favorite topics, and through writing, I am coming to realize that nests are one of my favorite topics. Here are a few nest poems from the past: RecyclingVacancynest. Sometimes you can't know your life topics are until you write a lot of pages. Wading through our own words, we come to know ourselves.

Lately I feel like a twig-gathering little bird, flitting about from place to place to pull together all of the books nominated for the poetry Cybils. I look forward to these chilly evenings (first snow here yesterday), warming my toes with wool, my insides with tea, and my heart with poems.

In case you didn't hear, my book-to-be will be published a bit later than first thought. The new projected publication date of FOREST HAS A SONG, illustrated by Robbin Gourley and published by Clarion, is Spring 2013. Nests in the trees, books on the shelves, two springs away!

Diane is hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup over at Random Noodling. Happy last Poetry Friday of October.

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12 comments:

Diane Mayr said...

A spring poem on a dismal day! We've got snow on the ground, here. Congrats on Forest has a Song!

teacherdance said...

I love that you keep the little things that might appear in your writing later, another 'round and round'.

I'm Jet . . . said...

Wonderful on just so many levels!

Janet

Joyce Ray said...

A circle poem! I love the assonance of lays and eggs,hatch and test and the sprinkled rhyme.

Mary Lee said...

Love your poem, but I'm sorry to hear we have to wait longer for your book! :-(

marthacalderaro said...

I love visiting your poem farm, and your poem today is wonderful. I look forward to your book (whenever it's ready for flight).

Myra Garces-Bacsal from GatheringBooks said...

I love how the lines are broken especially the third and fourth one - made me imagine the bird's beak moving "from here
and there"
In the note that you have written for your students, I was particularly struck with:
"Watch your life carefully this week. Assign yourself the job of noticing tiny beauties. Gather them in your own mind like small twigs and bits of string. And then, later, when you sit to write...they may come back and fly into your heart, flapping the words of poetry."
A beautiful reminder to us all. I shall watch my life carefully this week and make sure to note 'tiny beauties' - gathering them together with worn twigs, hoping they would transform immutably to lyrical verse that would make me sigh. :)

Tabatha said...

Lovely post, Amy! The circle of your poem perfect. And I also particularly enjoyed: "Wading through our own words, we come to know ourselves."

I'm sorry that your book publication date has been changed. :-(

Tabatha said...

Sorry to have left out "is" -- The circle of your poem *is* perfect. I guess it's kind of poetic without it...

Irene Latham said...

Doggone it, my new novel is set deep in a forest, and I could totally use your poems RIGHT NOW! Sigh. I'll be happy to read them in spring 2013 though. It will be here in a blink. Thanks for sharing!

laurasalas said...

Beautiful poem, Amy. I esp love that farfaraway!

Sorry about the book delay. I hate when that happens!

Amy LV said...

Thank you, poemfriends, for your encouraging words about FOREST. I'm so excited about it that I could burst! And as I write today, our own forest is changing clothing from fall reds to naked!