by Amy LV
I will upload audio for this poem as soon as possible (uploading troubles!)
Students - Summer is here, and with it...time at the pool. Our family belongs to a community pool in town, and I love watching our children swim. So far I haven't gotten in yet, but I will. I do love watching our son Henry dive, and that moment of suspension-in-air (especially when he hasn't yet been in the water) always makes me smile. This poem is about that moment between land and water when one wonders how cold the water really is!
You probably noticed some bouncing along in the line breaks here. I did that to mirror the feeling of jumping from a diving board, that letting-go feeling. Whenever I move lines around, it is for a reason.
This was a great month for me here at The Poem Farm. I met my second cousin Kat from Georgia, US through a poem, and I also met a new artist friend. George, from South Africa, will soon share a poem illustration here. The Internet is some kind of magic.
Today I am very happy to host Poetry Friday and also to welcome my friend Emily Krempholtz who is visiting my other blog, Sharing Our Notebooks. Allow yourself to be inspired by Emily's notebooks, and don't forget to enter her giveaway by simply leaving a comment.
If you keep an ad-free blog, I would like to share this icon with you as well as the site it links to. In this age of constant advertising, it's good to celebrate those marketing-free-zones that still exist. If you have created one of these zones, please help yourself to the icon, generously made-to-share by its designer. (There are other versions if you are not an owl-lover.)
Teachers - This week launched Teachers Write! over at author Kate Messner's blog. All are welcome to participate, and it is a lovely community and way to dig into summer writing. I have a new little notebook for this, and I'll be offering a quick-write on Tuesday, July 9. For more information, visit Kate's blog.
And now....the round up! I will be in throughout the day, linking to poetry goodness from all corners of the Kidlitosphere. Please leave a one-line description of your post with your direct link in the comments - your words will be my descriptions. Please remember the direct link! Thank you, and Happy Poetry Friday to one and all! Please watch for my comments throughout the weekend...they will trickle in. I look forward to visiting everyone...
This Week's Offerings:
Come on up to the treehouse and visit with Charles Ghigna and Charlotte Rose. They are trying to write poems -- in between all of the giggles! Too much fun at the Father Goose Blog.
At TeacherDance, Linda shares an inspiring article about writing about nature with children - beautiful work. Listen for her granddaughter's poetry too!
Our friends at TeachingAuthors today are giving a standing ovation in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Caldecott award...and the sound of applause inspires a poem.
Inspired by a non-fiction book she read this week, Katya offers a Sarah Teasdale poem at Write. Sketch. Repeat.
Jama is buttering up her readers at Alphabet Soup today with a poem by Elizabeth Alexander.
Laura is reminiscing about summer camp today at Author Amok. Her post has bug juice, musical theater, and "Food, Glorious Food" poems.
At inside the dog... Steve offers up original poem about all the rain they've gotten in NE Iowa during the last week.
Tara has been thinking a lot about the DOMA decision, and the poem she shares at A Teaching Life reflects this.
At The Opposite of Indifference, Tabatha has a Voice of America recording with our U.S. Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey - about finding the poem that speaks to you.
Ruth shares a Charles Simic poem and essay about poetry at There is no such thing as a God-forsaken town.
Over at Today's Little Ditty, Michelle has an original Neil Gaiman inspired poem titled "My Mountain".
To help kick off the first week of Teachers Write, Catherine offers "The Cities Inside Us" by Alberto Rios to celebrate writers and writing over at Reading to the Core.
At Reflections on the Teche, Margaret shares an original ekphrastic poem prompted by Tabatha's summer poem swap.
At I Think in Poems, Betsy will soon have a poem about a gentle walk she hopes to take near her home. And don't forget this month's Chalk-a-Bration at Teaching Young Writers! June's chalking fun will be two day's from now, Sunday, June 30. Link on in with Betsy. Here's how!
Donna from Mainely Write shares her poem "Two Rainbows and the Moon", recently published in the ezine SHADOWS EXPRESS. Her poem is on p. 51 - the last page, and she encourages us to enjoy all of the poems in the book!
Robyn is in this morning with some thoughts on "Island Time" for summer. She has a poem by U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey and an original haiku over at Life on the Deckle Edge.
Matt has questions - lots of questions - on his mind today at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme.
Today at Teach Mentor Texts Jen reflects on all the people who have impacted her life and how much people can mean to us.
Irene is in with Valerie Worth poems about household objects at Live Your Poem.
Diane is in with three posts. At Random Noodling she has an original poem called "Independence Day." Kurious Kitty has some thoughts on pyrotechnics. And KK's Kwotes has a quote by Robert Frost.
At Thoughtful Corners, Renee offers two original poems inspired by this week's "Sometimes" quick-write from Teachers Write!
Buffy shares the delightful poetry gift she received from Mary Lee as well as the poem she shared for the summer Poetry Swap. Visit Buffy's Blog to read both.
Karen joins us with a summer poem by Amy Lowell over at Karen Edmisten: The Blog with the Shockingly Clever Title.
At A Year of Reading, Mark Lee is sharing "Turtle" by Kay Ryan in honor of a recent surprise visitor.
Cathy joins Poetry Friday at Merely Day By Day with an original moose-and-summer poem inspired by yesterday's trip to the zoo.
At Teaching Tomorrow's Leaders, Robin offers an original poem about how memories drift, stack, and pile in her mind.
Over at Kimberly Hirsh: Learning Enthusiast, Kimberly jumps into the pool with "Swim Your Own Race", a swimming poem by Mbali Vilakazi.
Dia over at Dia Calhoun: Children's Book Author offers her original poem "Loon Rise", a poem about a bird born not to fly, but to call a call that resonates in the heart.
Little Willow shares "Under the Light" from Laura Whitcomb's book of the same name at Bildungsroman.
Fats Suela at Gathering Books offers "Mnemonic", a poem by Li Young-Lee about the art of remembering.
At Keri Recommends, Keri shares the poetry anthology GOOD POEMS: AMERICAN PLACES, edited by Garrison Keillor, in celebration of the upcoming holiday.
Janet's selection at All About the Books is the picture poem book THE MOON by Robert Louis Stevenson and illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson.
Jim shares his original poem, "New Strings for Ukelele" at Hey, Jim Hill!
At Poetry for Children, Sylvia gives lets us peek at the "Cliff Notes" version of her upcoming ALA presentation with Janet Wong. At the Poetry Friday Anthology blog and the Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School blog, please help yourself to some printable poems to share whenever you wish.
Teachers Write! with Kate Messner has inspired Stefanie to start a picture book/poem about the Pee Monster. She shares her first draft of opening stanzas is at Morning Musings.
At Poetry for Kids Joy, Joy offers a painting, a dream poem, and a poetry writing suggestion.
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