Friday, June 10, 2011

Poetry Friday -- You Are There

You Are There

by Erica Jong

You are there.
You have always been
Even when you thought
you were climbing
you had already arrived.
Even when you were
breathing hard,
you were at rest.
Even then it was clear
you were there.

Not in our nature
to know what
is journey and what

(the rest of the poem is at The Writer's Almanac)

What is it about being back home, in the place where you are simultaneously a fully capable adult and also a helpless child called "Dolly" or "Sugar Plum"? This strange state of being causes me to ponder my journeys and my arrivals.

Even though "to live is to be uncertain," as Erica Jong would have it, let's rail against the uncertainty by scheduling Poetry Friday round up hosts for the next six months!

The Poetry Friday Roundup Schedule for July-December is complete! Kidlitosphere Yahoo group members, I added a file with the html code for the schedule so you can put it in your sidebar if you so choose. If you aren't a member and would like the code, email me through our blog email and I'll send it to you! Thanks, everyone!!

1 Andromeda at a wrung sponge
8 Elaine at Wild Rose Reader
15 Mary Lee at  A Year of Reading
29 Kate at Book Aunt

12 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
19 Dori at Dori Reads

16 Amy at The Poem Farm
23 Anastasia at Picture Book of the Day

7 Mary Ann at Great Kid Books
14 david elzey at FOMAGRAMS
21 Jama at alphabet soup
28 Diane at Random Noodling

11 April Halprin Wayland at Teaching Authors

2 Carol at Carol's Corner
16 Kate at Book Aunt
23 Dori at Dori Reads
30 Julie at The Drift Record

Anastasia has the round up today, at Picture Book of the Day


  1. Welcome home! I have seen a few places like this on my journeys out I-70 to basketball tournaments in Kansas…

    I love this poem. To live is to be uncertain. Need to remember!

    I'm hosting on June 24th. You can sign me up again anytime in October, November, or December.

  2. Mary Lee,

    I can do any of the following dates:

    - July 8
    - Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30
    - Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28
    - Dec. 2, 9, 16

  3. Hi Mary Lee,

    I'll take September 2nd!


  4. Hi Mary Lee,

    I'd like to host on September 23, the first day of fall.

  5. I'll take Nov. 4. Thanks for organizing this!

  6. Great poem, Yes Life is very uncertain!

    October 21st is calling to me :).

  7. Hi Mary Lee,
    I hope your summer is going well (a bit of envy escaping from me...)!
    I would love to host Sept 30 or Oct 7th.


    Mary Ann

  8. Wonderful poem, Mary Lee. Thanks for bringing it to us today.

    I can host on July 22nd or 29th. Later months work for me, too, but it seemed like July needs some filling!

  9. I'd be happy to take October 28!
    --Diane Mayr

  10. Hi there! I'd be happy to host at Secrets & Sharing Soda on September 9th.

  11. I came here to wonder whether it was time to resign, and here you are! Put me down for November 25, and if you don't get anyone for August 26 I'll take that too.

    Thanks for the well-wishes! I look forward with trepidation to being a full-time Kindergarten teacher next year. Eek!

  12. Loved the poem, Mary Lee. We all need this reminder from time to time. Thank you for organizing the schedule!

  13. What an interesting poem. I love how the poem is able to put together the sense of being static while in movement.

  14. Thanks for organizing the Poetry Friday round-ups, Mary Lee. I'd like to round things up on December 30th (and maybe this time I'll try that Mr. Linky guy?)

  15. April Halprin Wayland would like to host for us at TeachingAuthors on Nov. 11. I believe that's still open. If not, we'll take Nov. 18.
    Thanks so much for coordinating this.

  16. Oops, I meant to include our url:
    Thanks again.

  17. Hi Mary Lee! I can do Aug. 26. Thanks, as ever, for rounding up the Round Up. xo

  18. I could do July 29th!

  19. I could do August 5th - it is our first week back to school!
    A Year of Literacy Coaching!

  20. i've always loved october, sign me up for the 14th.

  21. Thanks for the note on my blog post today, Mary Lee - I mentioned there I wasn't sure if I was technologically savvy enough or seasoned enough to "qualify," but I'd love to give hosting a try! Best dates for me would be Sept. 30 or Dec. 9. My blog (Read, Write, Howl) is here:

  22. If it helps, I'll take a second date, Mary Lee.

  23. I could do Sept. 30th, if Robyn wants December. Thanks for managing the schedule and keeping the poetry flowing!

  24. If you still need someone for December 16th, I could do that one, too. Let me know!

  25. I can do August 19. If you still need Dec. 23, I can do that one, too.

  26. Thanks, everybody! The schedule is filled!

  27. Mary Lee, I see that the schedule is filled but that you have a couple of those days. I can take August 12th off your hands, if you'd like?


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