Friday, January 04, 2008

Poetry Friday Roundup -- Happy New Year!

Ahhh...the party is over,
the guests have gone,
we've cleaned up (and found the party favor/bookmark we meant to include yesterday -- thank you to Franki's teen for creating it for us),
and it's quiet again.

We got a couple of inches of fluffy snow in the night, so even the natural world is looking like a blank slate, like a new year fresh with possibilities.

Please leave us a link and a little bit about about your Poetry Friday entry in the comments. We'll be rounding up throughout the day.

Hopes, Wishes, Prayers & Resolutions

Ruth, from There is no such thing as a god-forsaken town, gives us the Kenyan National Anthem as a prayer for the country of her childhood.

Liz, a Texan at Liz in Ink, shares an Irish poem that says much about Iowa.

Becky, at Farm School, gives us a companion poem to the one above, from Liz. (Be sure to check out the sidebar graphics!)

Laura, from laurasalas, has some poetry resolutions.

Sherry, at Semicolon, has a poem for the new year, and for every new day.

MotherReader gives us a New Year wish and a New Year blessing.

Karen, of Karen Edmiston, is Burning the Old Year with Naomi Shihab Nye.


Cloudscome, at a wrung sponge, shares with us an amazing first sonnet.

Elaine, Wild Rose Reader, wrote a poem about a pencil writing a poem! (You were too subtle about tooting your own horn, Elaine! Thank you for the correction, Tricia!)

Susan, from Wizards Wireless, writes about reading aloud to her son.

Stacey, one of Two Writing Teachers, wrote her poem the day after her wedding. (Be sure to enlarge it and check out the font on the title!)

Laura, at laurasalas, had a great picture this week for 15 Words or Less Poems. Go add one!

Jone, of MsMac and DeoWriter, has two frosty haiku for us today.

Children and Parents

Susan T., from Chicken Spaghetti, has a poem and a meditation on the swiftness of childhood.

Christine, at the simple and the ordinary, has another poem about childhood.

HipWriterMama is wondering how children turn out the way they do.

Sheila, at Greenridge Chronicles, shares a mother and child poem that's also about the river and the sea.

Jenny, from Little Acorns Treehouse, is *travelling* to Pennsylvania with her children this week.

Sarah, at The Reading Zone, used Dylan Thomas for her first Poetry Friday with her students.

Poets and Poetry

Jill, from The Well-Read Child, joins us for the first time for Poetry Friday! Welcome, Jill! We promise not to make any assumptions about you based on where you're from!

Sara, at Read, Write, Believe, savors poetry. How about you? Do you gobble, or savor?

Marci, at World of Words, features a Cybils Nominee.

Tricia, from The Miss Rumpius Effect, keeps us thinking about math with three poems from Sandburg.

Jules, at 7-Imp, shares a favorite from Deborah Keenan, and a bonus extra at the bottom of her post.

Mitali, at Mitali's Fire Escape, ponders her newfound Readergirlz Diva fame.

Little Willow shares some fragments of How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird, newly translated and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein.

Gregory K., at GottaBook, offers us an invitation to fib!

Freed from the poetry nominations panel for the Cybils, Kelly Fineman lists her top ten poetry books for 2007.

Sylvia also has a list of her top poetry books of 2007.

Annamaria, at Books Together, shares lots of gargoyle-y goodness, along with a gargoyle poem.

The Cole Mine is in with a poem by Maya Angelou.


Ahoy, S/V Mari-Hal-O-Jen, and welcome to your first Poetry Friday! Hopefully, Key West will warm up very soon!

RM1(SS) (ret), The Old Coot, shares with us The Man from Snowy River by Banjo Paterson.

writer2b, at Findings, brings us Frost's The Road Not Taken, and some personal connections to that poem.

Elaine, at Blue Rose Girls, is relearning winter, like the poet in her poem.

TadMack, from Finding Wonderland, is enjoying the dark, the solitude, and her tea.

Passionately Curious, a second grade teacher, has a snow poem for today.

Suzanne, at Adventures in Daily Living, has a poem about a cat who tracks in snow.


Jama, from jama rattigan's alphabet soup, has quite a bubbly pot on the stove for us!

Here's a New Year wish for you and for our world, from The Dixie Chicks' song, "I Hope":

There must be a way to change what's going on
No, I don't have all the answers, but
I hope
For more love, more joy and laughter
I hope
you'll have more than you'll ever need
I hope
There'll be more happy ever afters
I hope
We can all live more fearlessly
And we can lose all the pain and misery
I hope, I hope

And a reminder to appreciate every moment of this beautiful life you've been given, from Kenny Chesney's song, "Don't Blink":

Best start putting first things first
Cause when your hourglass runs out of sand
You can't flip it over and start again
Take every breathe God gives you for what it's worth

Don't Blink
Just like that you're six years old and you take a nap
And you wake up and you're twenty-five
And your high school sweetheart becomes your wife
Don't blink
You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads
Next thing you know your "better half"
Of fifty years is there in bed
And you're praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think
So don't blink

Some Poetry Friday Trivia from 2007:
In May this year, Poetry Friday got it's official button. Suzanne is kind enough to provide the code for using the button as a link to the week's roundup, Susan has a list of links to all the Poetry Fridays from 2006 and 2007, and Susan T. wrote an article about Poetry Friday for the Poetry Foundation.


  1. Anonymous5:44 AM

    I'm in with an original poem, which can be found at

    Thanks for hosting Mary Lee & Franki! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    --Stacey from Two Writing Teachers

  2. Happy New Year, Mary Lee and Franki! Here's my post about Mary Oliver and consuming poetry.

  3. Here's my post for today. It's the Kenyan national anthem, a prayer. In light of what's going on there right now, I hope people will join me in praying for Kenya.

  4. I posted about making New Year's poetry resolutions at

    And I have 15 Words or Less poems at Come add your own! Loved your poem, Mary Lee! I did a bird one, too!

    Thanks for hosting, and Happy New Year!

  5. I'm singing in the new year with soup -- a surefire way to go to pot!

    Thanks for hosting, Mary Lee and Franki. Enjoyed the wild and crazy party this week!

  6. I have a Spanish/English poem from The Moon is La Luna.

    Marcie/ World of Words

  7. We got a couple of inches of fluffy snow in the night,

    Quit bragging!

    I have "The Man from Snowy River," by Banjo Paterson.

  8. Anonymous8:20 AM

    Hi there,

    I'm a beat behind everyone else to be submitting a Frost poem, but I have "The Road Not Taken" at

    Thank you for hosting.

  9. Hello Ladies! I'm still thinking math and have some Sandburg poems (3!). Here's the link.

    Thanks for rounding us up!

  10. Happy Poetry Friday!
    A little poem about snow and solitude, here. Happy (cold & dark) New Year!

  11. I've got some Deborah Keenan up today an and annunciation at

    Jules, 7-Imp

  12. Happy New Years, Ladies--and thanks for hosting the first Poetry Friday Roundup of 2008!

    At Wild Rose Reader, I have a link to a list poem that is printed in the Spring 2008 Catalog of Roaring Brook Press. The poem is included in an anthology edited by Georgia Heard.

  13. Here's mine: A New Year by Susan Coolidge

    Thans for hosting.

  14. Anonymous9:29 AM

    Hppy New Year. Thanks for hosting. I am in with a couple of orignial haiku at Deo Writer:

  15. Happy 2nd Anniversary, A Year of Reading!

    My poem today is an excerpt from Rachel Hadas's "The Red Hat."

    Thank you for rounding up.

    Susan T.
    Chicken Spaghetti

  16. At Blue Rose Girls: I have a poem by Mark Svenvold entitled "Relearning Winter."

  17. The Fire Escape's in with Naomi Shihab Nye.

    Linky, Linky:

  18. How about a poetic song about the closing of the year? It's over at MotherReader.

  19. I'm in this week with a poem about the year's end by Naomi Shihab Nye.

    The link is:

    Thanks for hosting!

  20. Wow fabulous roundup! Thanks for doing this. I am in with my first published original sonnet today. Yikes!

  21. Oops I was so anxious I forgot to give you the the link.

  22. Anonymous10:34 AM

    Here's my wintery poem. Thanks for the first roundup of 2008!

  23. I'm in with a little Robert Louis Stevenson.

  24. Anonymous10:46 AM

    Love the song lyrics!

    Here's my Seamus Heaney poem and my post on the Iowa caucus...

    Happy New Year!

  25. Yay! I'm so excited...this is my first poetry Friday. Here's my post about Jo Carson's poem about mountain people.

  26. I'm up with a bit of Fib news (news? hmmm. Fib something) to start the new year.

  27. Anonymous11:38 AM

    This week I'm in with a top ten list of poetry collections from 2007. Thanks for hosting, ladies, and here's my link:

  28. Thanks for hosting! And a very Happy New Year to you all. Here's my poem for today. A little something from a Japanese poet. I liked the Mother/Child back and forth of this one.

    Here's my link:

    cheers / sheila

  29. Happy New Year and happy blogiversary again!

    I'm in with Charlotte Brontë's "Life"; you two will have to decide whether it's Poets and Poetry or Hopes, Wishes etc.!

    Becky at Farm School

  30. I'm in with a Prelutsky poem (and a couple of picture books) about gargoyles. Thank you for hosting!

  31. I'm so glad you're hosting Poetry Friday. What a perfect way to end your birthday week!

    I'm in with a little discussion on children's ideas of who has more than the other and Walt Whitman's poem, There Was a Child Went Forth.

    Thanks for hosting!

  32. Hi Again Ladies,
    In case you didn't notice, Elaine wrote that lovely little pencil poem. I can't wait to see it in print this spring!

  33. Hi-

    This week my girls and I are traveling to Pennsylvania on our trip around the US through poetry, books, and art.


  34. Anonymous2:58 PM

    I'm in for the first time with Whittier's A Winter Idyl. I needed a poem filled with warmth, the windchill yesterday in Key West was 27 degrees. Incredible!

  35. Anonymous4:16 PM

    I'm in with a post about Poetry Friday in my classroom and a Dylan Thomas poem. :)


  36. Thanks for hosting! I'm in with one of my favorites from Maya Angelou...Enjoy.

  37. Anonymous5:38 PM

    Hey Mary Lee,

    I just read the article you linked to above about Poetry Friday--and discovered you wrote a spoof on the poem I submitted today! LOL! I'm bummed I missed that.

  38. Thanks for hosting the first Poetry Friday Round Up of 2008! I'm late, but I'd like to jump in with my entry on my pick of the best children's poetry of 2007.


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