Saturday, April 25, 2015

Day 25 - National Poetry Month 2015 - Sing That Poem!

Happy National Poetry Month!
Welcome to Day 25 of this Year's Poem Farm Project!

Find the Complete April 2015 Poem and Song List Here

First, I would like to welcome all old and new friends to The Poem Farm this April. Spring is a busy time on all farms, and this one is no exception.  Each April, many poets and bloggers take on special poetry projects, and I'm doing so too.  You can learn all about Sing That Poem! and how to play on my April 1st post, where you will also find the list of the whole month's poems and tunes as I write and share them.  If you'd like to print out a matching game page for yourself, you can find one here, and during April 2015, you'll be able to see the song list right over there in the left hand sidebar.

Yesterday's poem was Rattlesnake, Rattlesnake.  Here is the tune that goes along with it, below. Did you figure it out?

Ms. Simon's students from Jefferson Island Road Elementary in New Iberia, Lousiana have figured it out! You can hear them singing this silly tune below. Well done!

Welcome to Mrs. Doele's third grade class from Wealthy Elementary in East Grand Rapids, MI.  They are singing about our dear rattlesnake in full voice here.  Such fun!  Thank you to all of the classes who have taken on these challenges; I have truly loved sharing this songpath with you.


And here, below, is today's poem.  Look at the song list in the sidebar or on your matching form to see if you can puzzle out which tune matches this one.

Great Grandma Elsa's Handprint
Handprint Taken by Edythe Toebe
Photo by Amy LV

Students - This poem is dedicated to my friends who have lost loved ones. When something sad happens, writing a poem can help you understand your own feelings.

Today's poemsong grew from a couple of places.  One is the heartplace in that several of my friends have lost loved ones recently.  When I was a young girl, and now too, I would think about how strange it is that in the very same moment on the very same day, one family somewhere will rejoice in a new baby when somewhere else, at that exact time, another family will mourn the loss of someone dear.

This poem also grew from admiration I have for Marie Howe's poem, My Dead Friends, which is about asking the dead for advice.  This part is especially meaningful to me.

From Marie Howe's Poem, My Dead Friends

If you read many many poems, then bits and scraps of these poems will come out of you in lines of your own poetry.  So, read great things.  Ponder these great things, and let them become part of who you are.

If you were wondering about the photograph accompanying today's poemsong, it is an inking of my Great Grandmother Elsa's hand with a flower from our front garden. My Great Aunt, Edythe Toebe (Aunt Tom), read palms for a while, and she kept a book of inked handprints along with her readings.  Most of the people were friends of hers, people I do not know, and someday I may look them up.

Would you like a hint about the remaining six tunes for Sing That Poem?  Here, in this last week of Sing That the biggest hint I've given this month.

Please share a comment below if you wish.


  1. That is EXACTLY what the dead would say. I am trying very had to follow that advice. Thank you for the reminder, Amy! xo

  2. Perfect poem. It goes with the quote I found today in a link on FB: Be a human being, not a human doing.

    I'm thinking about taking your match the meter challenge (minus the sound cloud recordings!!) in May.