Friday, April 3, 2015

Day 3 - National Poetry Month 2015 - Sing That Poem!

The Poetry Friday roundup is here, and I'm so glad you are too...



Happy National Poetry Month!
Welcome to Day 3 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 Blue Soul.  Here is the tune that goes along with it, below. Did you figure it out?



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.

Constellations at Carnegie Science Museum
Pittsburgh, PA
Photo by Amy LV


Students - I did not know what today's poem would be about until yesterday afternoon.  However, I did know the tune I'd write it to...and so when I saw this constellation bit of art in at the Carnegie Science Museum in Pittsburgh, PA...I knew that I'd found my topic.  After all, constellations had JUST the right number of syllables for my tune!

In writing poems to various song tunes, one of the decisions I must make is the decision of "how many verses."  These are finding their own way, and I am just letting each one go as long as it wishes to go.

Tomorrow I'll sing you this one, but I bet that you can sing it to yourself today.

For those of you who are new here, Poetry Friday is a special tradition in the Kidlitosphere.  It's a weekly gathering and sharing of our favorite poetry thoughts and poems and books and goodnesses of the week.  People take turns hosting, and I am tickled to host today, this first Poetry Friday of National Poetry Month 2015. There are countless good souls who love poetry, and I feel lucky to know so many of you.

Today I will be spending some time at The Broadway Market here in Buffalo, NY, buying a butter lamb and other such happiness... So, please add your link below if you have one to share, and whether you are sharing or not, please enjoy the poetry party, all around!  Happy first Poetry Friday of Poetry Month!

xo,
a.



Please share a comment below if you wish.

35 comments:

Robyn Hood Black said...

Happy Poetry Month, Amy! Love that "indigo air."
Thanks for hosting. I have another terrific Student Haiku Poet of the Month, Lila Chiles.
http://www.robynhoodblack.com/blog.htm?post=991543

LInda Baie said...

I did guess yesterday's, was nearly sure. Today I have a few possibles, but love this poem ('indigo air') about the stars, of which I am in love. Yesterday on NPR I heard an interview about communities choosing to "darken" their neighborhoods so that everyone could see the stars. It's called the 'dark-sky' movement. Thanks for hosting, Amy!

LInda Baie said...

I did guess yesterday's, was nearly sure. Today I have a few possibles, but love this poem ('indigo air') about the stars, of which I am in love. Yesterday on NPR I heard an interview about communities choosing to "darken" their neighborhoods so that everyone could see the stars. It's called the 'dark-sky' movement. Thanks for hosting, Amy!

Tricia said...

Glad to know I'm not the only one up late! Thanks for hosting us this week.

And thanks for sharing this lovely poem.

Tricia said...

Sniff* Sniff*
Oh how I miss the Broadway Market and butter lambs... If I was smart I'd by a lamb mold and make my own for Easter. Think of me when you go!

Author Amok said...

Hi, Amy. My favorite lines from your poem are:

I run with the bull.
Where once I was empty
my heart is now full.

Spending time outside, in stillness, does fill a person up.

At AuthorAmok, I'm asking guest bloggers "What are you wearing?" Today's model is Tabatha Yeatts, who is featuring an ensemble of clothing poems by Gregory K. Pincus.

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

My oh my– it's still early enough to breath in that indigo air, and I'm loving it! Lovely poem, Amy. What speaks to childhood better that "myths in my mind/and moon on my face"?

Sara said...

Adding my love of your "indigo air" and my admiration for your whole amazing Poetry Project. I'm not terribly musical, but even I had fun singing your poem and guessing the tune. (I think I have it!) I also listened to your Blue Soul song---and now I'm thinking of whales, and the seas AND the stars. What a perfect way to start my day...

jama said...

Yay! I guessed yesterday's correctly. :) Am loving your project this month. Another lovely poem today!

At Alphabet Soup, I'm remembering my Mom with a poem by Christina Rossetti and a recipe she would have liked.

Thanks for hosting today!

xo,
moon on my face

jama said...

Yay! I guessed yesterday's correctly. :) Am loving your project this month. Another lovely poem today!

At Alphabet Soup, I'm remembering my Mom with a poem by Christina Rossetti and a recipe she would have liked.

Thanks for hosting today!

xo,
moon on my face

Diane Mayr said...

What a brave soul you are to record yourself singing! I love to sing, but can't listen to myself doing it!
Happy Easter to you and yours!

Irene Latham said...

Amy, you and indigo and stars and moon are a symphony together! Thank you for the lovely poem. xo

Matt Forrest Esenwine said...

Love the poem...as someone who has spent - and spends hours - looking at the stars, I totally relate!

Margaret Simon said...

I love your whale poem even more hearing you sing it to "Blowing in the Wind." You sure are brave to sing your poems.
Today's poem makes me think about word choice. These words, indigo, myths, transported, are so specific they jump off the page. What a great mentor piece.
Thanks for hosting today.

Buffy Silverman said...

Your poetry project has been such fun so far--I had to go through much of the list yesterday before I guessed correctly! Love all the stargazing actions: tracing, dipping, running. Thanks for hosting today.

Charles Waters said...

Hey Amy! Happy Poetry Friday, and thanks for hosting. I have some poetic and non-poetic news to share over at Poetry Time.

http://www.charleswaterspoetry.com/#!POETRY-TIME-BLOG-24/c23vc/5519ad2d0cf21933cd241eb1

Tabatha said...

Great poem, Amy. Hard for me to pick favorite lines because there are so many! Thanks for hosting :-) Happy Easter!

Ruth said...

Thanks for hosting! Since I have the day off today, I may even find time to come back and read everybody's links! :-)

liz-scanlon said...

You have SUCH a pretty blog! Thanks for hosting today...

Kimberley said...

Holy Toledo that was beautiful. I am such a fan of your work. You make poetry something special.

Ramona said...

Thanks for hosting, Amy. I feel the rhythm of today's song, but haven't figured it out yet. Love these lines, "with myths in my mind, and moon on my face."

Renee LaTulippe said...

What a gorgeous poem you've set afloat in the indigo air. Thank you, Amy.

Liz Steinglass said...

The poem itself is transporting. It takes me right back to that moment in childhood when I was looking up at the stars and thinking very big thoughts.

Carol Varsalona said...

Amy, I really enjoyed your Blue Soul song and it fit beautifully with the tune. Your voice has a wonderful gentle and lilting sound to it that makes me want to hear more. Today's poem has a beautiful image, indigo air. I am slow going today with my post because we have a terrible virus in the house.

Karen Edmisten said...

Thanks so much for hosting, Amy! I love all that you're doing for this month.

Kay said...

Happy Poetry Month! I love the poems set to music and have no idea what song goes with today's poem. It doesn't matter because I love the stars spinning stories.

Mary Lee said...

And I thought I'D cooked up a doozie of a project! This is more fun than any poet should be allowed to have in one month!

I'll be humming along all month!

slayground said...

Hurrah for songs and poems!

Heidi Mordhorst said...

I think I got it today! My favorite lines are "with myths on my mind/and the moon on my face."

I had missed yesterday's, but I adore your whale poem too--reminds me of Daisy's assignment to write a fable of the Italo Calvino magical realism sort...

Thanks for hosting and for this fun challenge!

April Halprin Wayland said...

Amy ~ I'm in awe of your single-mindedness each Poetry Month. What an wonderful project!

Two links today:

1) My TeachingAuthors interview of Paul Janeczko...7 Things I Betcha Didn't Know About Paul B. Janeczko:
http://www.teachingauthors.com/2015/04/7-things-i-betcha-dont-know-about-paul.html

2) My Poetry Month oersonal blog in which I post one of my published poems each day:
http://www.aprilwayland.com/poetry/2015-poetry-month/

What a glorious celebration we have! Lucky, lucky us!

Cathy said...

Amy,
You make me want to go out into the night with my blanket (maybe two blankets) and gaze at the stars.

I loved these lines:
"I dip starry dippers.
I run with the bull."

I can just picture those constellations in the night sky. Thank you for hosting. Our whole primary wing is excited about your current project. The kids are loving trying to figure out the songs that match the rhythms of your poems.

Cathy

Tamera Will Wissinger said...
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Tamera Will Wissinger said...

Thank you, Amy, for hosting the kick-off for Poetry Friday during NPM! I'm a huge fan of writing to tunes - good luck with your poetry project.

To celebrate National Poetry Month, this week I'm giving away a copy of The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations.

Thanks again - you are an inspiration!

Tamera

Catherine said...

Stargazing is one of my favorite pastimes, so I love this whole poem, but these lines especially:

"as wise constellations
spin stories in light."

Thanks so much for hosting, Amy, and for sharing your musical poetry all month long!

Alex Baugh said...

My dad taught us about the night sky when we were, and I learned more at camp. so your poem about stargazing really struck a note for me. Thanks for sharing it.