Friday, April 15, 2011

Poetry Friday - The Messenger

I'm starting things off this week with a poem by Amy Lowell. It was first published in 1919 in a volume entitled Pictures of the Floating World.
By Messenger
by Amy Lowell

One night
When there was a clear moon,
I sat down
To write a poem
About maple-trees.
But the dazzle of moonlight
In the ink
Blinded me,
And I could only write
What I remembered.
Therefore, on the wrapping of my poem
I have inscribed your name.
This poem and the book it was published in are in the public domain and have been digitized and made available by Google. You can read the entire volume simply by downloading a copy.

Week 2 of National Poetry Month continued with the following poetry in the classroom posts.
8 - Take Me Out To the Ballgame
9 - Gone To the Dogs
10 - We Are All the Same
11 - Just Haiku
12 - Back to School
13 - Food, Glorious Food!
14 - Amazing Acrostics
The round up is being hosted by Diane Mayr at Random Noodling. Do take some time to enjoy all the terrific posts this week. Before you go, be sure to check out this week's poetry stretch results. Happy poetry Friday all!


  1. I've been stumbling across Amy Lowell poems for a few years now. I found I really liked them, so I recently purchased a collection and I'm working my way through it. It's wonderful work.

  2. That is a wonderful poem. Thank you for sharing it. It just might have to make an appearance on The Small Nouns (my blog). I apologize in advance for "stealing" it.

  3. I wish I could write so lovely a poem about not being able to write what I set out to write!