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Students - Happy almost Valentine's Day! We call our little home Heart Rock Farm because we love finding rocks shaped like hearts in our creek. Many people like to find hearts in the world: in petals, in clouds, in patterns on our pets' fur. We can find hearts and we can make them ourselves. Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. Don't you think it would be fun to leave little secret hearts around your home for the ones you love? (Warning: the sock heart is tricky. It took me a while!)
Today's poem is a list poem. Each line is simply one more way to bring hearts into our lives. Then, as with most list poems, you hear that change, that twist, that surprise at the end. If I had simply ended the poem with another way to make a heart, the reader might not realize that the poem was finished. However, by breaking the pattern at the end of the poem, I make this clear.
Here are two more Valentine poems from The Poem Farm archives: "February 14" from 2011 and "February 13" from 2012.
In honor of Valentine's Day and love, today I would like to offer a recommendation and a giveaway of LEND A HAND: POEMS ABOUT GIVING written by John Frank and illustrated by London Ladd. This is a book that reminds me of the many ways people are kind, and of the many ways I can be kind too. You can read the Kirkus review of this wonderful book here. I will draw one name from the commenters on today's post next Thursday, February 19 to be announced next Poetry Friday. This person will win a copy of LEND A HAND.
Teachers and Other Adults - If you enjoy poetry and poetry books and poetry quotes and news, please know that I keep a Poem Farm Facebook Page as well. Over there, I share news about books and awards and poetry goodness that comes my way during the week.
This month over at my other online home, Sharing Our Notebooks, I could not more pleased to host Olga McLaren and her Grandmother Journals. Please visit and comment on Olga's post to be entered into a book giveaway.
Cathy is hosting today's sweet Poetry Friday party over at Merely Day By Day. Pack up your heart, and head on over to join the roundup.
I wish you many surprise hearts today, tomorrow, all week long!
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