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Note from September 16, 2013 - Over the weekend, I listened to this poem in my head many times and decided that 'September' would sound better in the last line than 'October'. I made this change in the written text but not in the recording. Which do you like better? Why?
Students - I am getting back into my notebook, making a more regular writing schedule. You may be doing this too as school is just starting near where I live. Some of you have been in school for a month or more, and those of you who live across the world from me in Buffalo, NY...you are not near summer at all! I do always find this so neat to think about.
Getting back to a writing time feels so good to me, like a change of seasons on my insides. And I'm noticing the change of seasons outside too. This week I have been home much more than lately, and I keep hearing a certain sound.
That's the sound of an acorn plunking onto our big metal mailbox, and it's the music outside my writing window this week. On Wednesday morning, waiting with our children at the bus stop, I picked a bowl full of acorns to bring inside. Just to have. I will glue their tops back on this weekend.
(At first, part of me felt guilty about gathering so many acorns because I thought I should "leave them for the squirrels and chipmunks." The reality is that we have almost no squirrels here in the country, and the chipmunks have been scared permanently underground or elsewhere by our five cats. Remembering this, my worries disappeared.
Here at Mass Audubon you can read some interesting information about oak trees and acorns and how they grow. You can read about mast years at AccuWeather too.
Teachers and Parents - here at yoga set free is a beautiful post I read about a mast year last year - and what exactly so much abundance can mean to all of us.
This week's Poetry Friday roundup is hosted by Jen over at Teach Mentor Texts. There you will find many connections, links, poems, poetry thoughts, and wonderful people too... We all welcome you to join us for poetry fun each and every Poetry Friday throughout the year. See my sidebar - or any participant's sidebar - to learn where to find us each week.
If you have not yet visited Dan Bailey's music notebooks at my notebooks blog, Sharing Our Notebooks, you still have three days to enjoy that peek as well as enter to win a beautiful musical notebook.
Photo by Amy LV