A Warm Summer in San Francisco
by Carolyn Miller
Although I watched and waited for it every day,
somehow I missed it, the moment when everything reached
the peak of ripeness. It wasn't at the solstice; that was only
the time of the longest light. It was sometime after that, when
the plants had absorbed all that sun, had taken it into themselves
for food and swelled to the height of fullness. It was in July,
in a dizzy blaze of heat and fog, when on some nights
it was too hot to sleep...
that summer had peaked and was already passing
Diane has a quartet of Poetry Friday posts: at Random Noodling, she's thinking about what gets in the way of writing poetry; she continues her poetic story of WWII at Kids of the Homefront Army; Kurious Kitty's Kurio Kabinet highlights a book of camping poems by Kristine O'Connell George; and at Kurious K's Kwotes, she has a quote about the efficient use of language in poetry.
David Elzey visits us from camp -- Vermont College of Fine Arts "camp" where he is a "counselor" this year. He created a writer's toolbox version of The Quartermaster's Store. (Here's a bit of the original for reference.)
Gregory K. at Gottabook has a poem after my procrastinatin' heart -- an original, of course!
Tanita reminds us of a great truth today: we are not our bodies. (Welcome back to PF, Cuz!)
At The Poem Farm, Amy has an original about a cherry tree (and a post that will make your mouth water!)
Steven Withrow's original story/riddle poem will get you thinking...and unthinking!
Madigan at Madigan Reads reviews Margarita Engle's newest verse novel, HURRICANE DANCERS. She's thinking possible Newbery contender!
Nancy shares one of her student's poems today -- about clouds.
Carlie wrote an original summer poem -- about the laundry on her clothesline!
Laura Salas links us in to Sylvia Vardell's video clips of the ALA Poetry Blast, and it's not too late to take part in this week's 15 Words or Less poetry.
Katie at Secrets & Sharing Soda reviews Hot Potato: Mealtime Rhymes.
Pentimento shares Bedtime Story For My Son by Peter Redgrove.
Tara is having a Chelsea Morning with Joni Mitchell today.
Maria at Teaching in the 21st Century advocates for Poetry Friday in the classroom. I second that!
The Write Sisters are on the same wavelength as Tanita (see above) with Homage to My Hips and the advice to get over it and "Just. Jump. In!!!!"
The Stenhouse Blog is sharing a poem about...SNOW?!?!?
Rasco From RIF tells about a very famous Swiss story (told in verse)...that I've never heard about until now!
Elaine is toasting marshmallows over at Wild Rose Reader today! YUM!!
At Blue Rose Girls, Elaine shares an original poem about swimming that doesn't require baring one's "mighty hips" (see The Write Sisters, above) or otherwise worrying about body image (see Tanita's post way up above).
Tricia has a poem for her mom.
Tabatha pops in from her blog vacation with a bit of Harry Potter-ness.
Janet highlights MIRROR MIRROR by Marilyn Singer.
Heidi's forgiven her lateness -- she took the whole family to the midnight showing of HP 7.2 last night. Her post is a meditation on incantations -- one in Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Professor McGonagall's in HP.
And something that feels like saving the best for last -- Karissa, at the Iris Chronicles, introduces us to the poet Pamela Johnson Parker, who "finds so many connections between literature, art, poetry, and life. If you are a Wizard of Oz fan, you will enjoy this poem."