WHERE I'M FROM
I'm from the smell of chlorine
and the heat of sun-baked cement by the pool.
I'm from cherry tomatoes eaten warm off the plant
and zinnias, marigolds, and petunias.
I'm from goatheads and hailstones,
blizzards and dust storms.
I'm from "Punkin' " and "Sugar Plum"
and "You are my special angel."
I'm from Lawrence Welk and Glenn Miller,
Ed Sullivan and Johnny Cash.
I'm from Lubbers Lounge Lu Lu
and Thanksgiving ham and broiled spareribs.
I'm from wide horizons
and big skies,
and I'm from a small town
and narrow opportunities.
I've traveled far.
I've kept it all inside my heart.
by Mary Lee Hahn, copyright 2010
The Poetry Friday Roundup today is at Picture Book of the Day with Anastasia Suen.
Here's a reprint of a bunch of the Kidlitosphere (and other assorted) NaPoMo projects that I'm following (or at least trying valiantly to follow):
Gregory K. is once again hosting 30 Poets/30 Days with previously unpublished poems by favorite children's authors.
Tricia Stohr-Hunt is interviewing 30 children's poets, beginning with Mary Ann Hoberman, the US Children's Poet Laureate. The Poetry Makers list is stellar!
Jone MacCulloch shares Thirty Days, Thirty Students, Thirty Poems: original poems by students.
Jama Rattigan is posting original poems & favorite recipes by some of the Poetry Friday regulars.
At A Wrung Sponge, Andromeda is writing a "haiga" (photo and haiku) each day. Her photography is simply stunning. The haikus are amazing, too!
Kelly Fineman at Writing and Ruminating will continue the Building a Poetry Collection series she began last year -- selecting a poem a day in a kind of personal Poetry Tag (see Sylvia Vardell's version below) and providing analysis. I call this The University of Kelly Fineman because I learn so much in each post!
Sylvia Vardell is inviting poets to play Poetry Tag. She will invite poets to "play" along by offering a poem for readers to enjoy, then she will "tag" a poet who shares her/his own poem THAT IS CONNECTED to the previous poem in SOME way—by a theme, word, idea, tone-- and offers a sentence or two explaining that connection. What a creative idea!
Laura at Author Amok is highlighting the poets laureate of all 50 states this month...well, all the ones that have a poet laureate... Fun Fun!
Laura Salas is posting a children's poem per day from a poetry book she loves.
Lee Wind is publishing many new Teen voices during April for National Poetry Month. GLBTQ Teen Poetry.
Bud the Teacher gives a picture prompt every day during April and invites readers to post the poem it inspires in the comments of his blog.
ORIGINAL POEM-A-DAY CHALLENGE
Checks these blogs daily for new original poems by the following people:
If I missed your project, please let me know and I'll add it to my list!