Happy poetry Friday all! I have some odds and ends and an old favorite to share today.
This week's poetry stretch was to write a Lai. The Lai is a French syllabic verse form consisting of one or more stanza of nine lines with two rhymes. This was a tough challenge, but many folks took up the gauntlet. You can learn more about this form and read the results at Monday Poetry Stretch - The Lai.
If you haven't been to David Harrison's blog lately, you've missed a lot of fun. J. Patrick Lewis contributed poems for a form he calls First Lines, Bowlderized. Many wonderful writers contributed their own poems. Do stop by and check them out!
Many have gone back to school, while others will return next week. This time of year always reminds me of this poem.
School Busesby Russell Hoban(found in The Pedaling Man and Other Poems)
You'd think that by the end of June they'd take themselvesAway, get out of sight -- but no, they don't; theyDon't at all. You see them waiting throughJuly in clumps of sumac near the railroad, orBehind a service station, watching, always watching for aChild who's let go of summer's hand and strayed. I haveSeen them hunting on the roads of August -- empty busesScanning woods and ponds with rows of empty eyes. This morningI saw five of them, parked like a week ofSchooldays, smiling slow in orange paint andSmirking with their mirrors in the sun --But summer isn't done! Not yet!
The round up today is being hosted by Sylvia Vardell at Poetry for Children. Be sure to visit and take in all the great poetry being shared this week.