Students - Today's poem is a love poem, a remembering love poem. I wrote it because of an event and a conversation from this week: some dear friends are missing their dog who was hit by a car, and I had a talk with a young man about the dog he loved and still misses. Even after loss, love lives on inside of us, and sometimes writing a poem or reading a poem can help us hold onto and remember a loving time. Let poems be there for you, all the time, in the reading and in the writing.
When I think of old pets, like Thor in the picture above, I think of Miller Williams' poem, Animals. Each new and loved animal begins a new chapter in my life.
And now, a little bit of happy news! Each year, the Cybils (Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards) are announced on Valentine's Day, with one winner in each category chosen from several nominees. I am honored to share that my book with Robbin Gourley, FOREST HAS A SONG, was chosen as the 2013 Cybils poetry winner.
Much gratitude to Laura Purdie Salas for the nomination, and to the judges for your kind words and for believing in our book. My husband woke me up this morning, laptop in hand, to tell me tell me that FOREST had won!
Round One Judges:
Ed deCaria, Think, Kid, Think!
Kelly Fineman, Writing and Ruminating
Jone MacCulloch, Check It Out
Anastasia Suen, Poet! Poet!
Sylvia Vardell, Poetry for Children
April Halprin Wayland, Teaching Authors
Bridget Wilson, What is Bridget Reading?
Round Two Judges:
Linda Baie, TeacherDance
Matt Esenwine, Radio, Rhythm, and Rhyme
Renee La Tulippe, No Water River
Julie Larios, The Drift Record
Irene Latham, Live Your Poem
Linda is hosting today's special Valentine's Day Poetry Friday over at TeacherDance. Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Poetry Friday both...may your whole weekend be full of love. xo
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