Friday, March 01, 2019

Poetry Friday -- A Small Sized Mystery

Our Not-So-Small-Sized Mystery

A Small-Sized Mysteryby Jane Hirshfield

Leave a door open long enough,
a cat will enter.
Leave food, it will stay.
Soon, on cold nights,
you’ll be saying “Excuse me”
if you want to get out of your chair.
But one thing you’ll never hear from a cat
is “Excuse me.”

(read the rest of the poem here)

Here's another small-sized mystery, if you have nine minutes to watch (make's worth it). The Kid Should See This is a most excellent site filled with videos that are vetted for kid viewing. I've used these videos in every subject area for every reason: instruction, inspiration, and just plain FUN. 

Are you planning ahead for an International Women's Day poem next week for Catherine's roundup at Reading to the Core? Get on it! (...I'm saying to myself, too!)

Linda B. has today's roundup at TeacherDance.


  1. It's as if you know my cat personally! :)

  2. That's a gorgeous cat you have!
    Jane Hirshfield nails it. Thanks, Mary Lee.

  3. Thanks for the video link, will share with the grand-girls! I don't have a cat anymore, miss that. Love "Yet your whole body turns toward it". Thanks, Mary Lee.

  4. Ooh, and thanks for the reminder for next week...

  5. What a wonderful and funny true poem.

  6. A very well-spent 9 minutes indeed. Tears. And the poem: yes, our whole bodies turn toward it because it is there. How many other small-sized things like that are there?

    After we celebrate women next week, do join me on March 15 at mjlu with a climate poem or post!

  7. I love this poem, because I have a cat worth turning to as well - and what a joy he is, mercilessness notwithstanding.

  8. We have two cats visiting us each week but they get skittish when I go near. My husband was concerned about the cats living throughout this extremely cold month but there they were today as calm as ever. I love the site you shared. I watched how to roll snow and that inspired me to write a slice.

  9. Hirshfield's poem is perfect. We turns toward it
    again and again because it is there" and it brings us comfort. Such a hopeful video, too. Thank you for introducing me to the site (and for the reminder about next week).

  10. Wow, what a fantastic film-so much there and without words, and the poem is so rich too. Thanks for filling me up with all here Mary Lee!


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