Friday, December 14, 2007

Poetry Friday is the Place to Be!

Welcome one and all to Poetry Friday here at The Miss Rumphius Effect. Please leave me a comment about your entry and I will add your poems throughout the day. In the meantime, I am in with some Robert Frost.
Dust of Snow
The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.

Here are this week's wonderfully diverse entries.

Becky (Becky's Book Reviews) shares the lyrics from an Emmet Otter song and a very funny video of outtakes. Boy, do I miss Jim Henson.

Gina Ruiz is in with a bounty of great stuff, including a video poem in Spanish honoring the la virgen de Guadalupe, the lyrics to the traditional Mexican birthday song, and much more! (You gotta love it when we all feel a little bit of guilt about missing a poetry Friday or two! Gina's making up for it today.)

John Mutford appeals to the teacher in all of today by offering up a little quiz of famous opening lines of poetry. How many can you name?

Kelly shares Ruth Lily's poem A Little Book, in honor of all the great books she'll have a chance to read during the upcoming break.

Sherry is getting into the spirit of the season and sharing poems by Walter de la Mare and Hilaire Belloc, entitled Mistletoe and Lines for Christmas Card respectively.

Stacey is also in a snowy mood, sharing Snow Aldo by Kate DiCamillo.

Mary Lee shares the Reading to the Children by Herbert Morris. I'm sure teachers, librarians, authors and parents alike have all faced these questions when reading aloud to kids. His responses are wonderful!

Sara Lewis Holmes asks the question, can a speech be poetry? Read the speech given in 1588 by Elizabeth I at Tilbury to her troops, and see if you can't be persuaded.

Laura Salas shares a review of a book on how to write poetry and her weekly 15 words or less challenge. The photo this week is gorgeous, so stop by and leave your own concise bit of poetry.

Jama Rattigan is celebrating Sara Lewis Holmes today with The Bones of January and cookies!

Elaine gives us a review of Do Rabbits Have Christmas?, a posthumous collection of Aileen Fisher's poetry. She also shares Nancy McCleery's poem December Notes.

Shelf Elf shares an apt poem for kids at this time of year, Snowy Sunday with Homework by Loris Lesynski.

TadMack is thinking Plath today (why does that admission always make me nervous?) and shares the amazing poem Black Rook in Rainy Weather. She even includes a link to the audio of Plath reading the poem.

Little Willow shares a poem by A.S.J. Tessimond, entitled Flight of Stairs.

The Cole Mine reminds us that today begins the 2007 Christmas bird count and shares some bird poetry by Linda Pastan and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Susan writes shares a poem that conjures up some interesting images. See what comes to mind when you read Sheep, by C. Kennett Burrow.

Karen Edmisten has some very practical Christmas haiku.

Sylvia Vardell is enjoying some new digs, and in doing so, shares a poem that evokes memories of the first night in a new house. Go read Betsy Rosenthal's poem My House's Night Song.

Kelly Fineman shares the sweet and melancholy poem The lowest trees have tops, the ant her gall, by Sir Edward Dyer.

Wizards Wireless is also celebrating the end of the semester with an original poem entitled Freedom. (I'm not celebrating yet, just procrastinating!)

Liz in Ink is yet another celebrator of semester endings. (Drat! When is it my turn?!) Her last class of the semester retired to a coffeehouse for a final reading. In the spirit of reading poetry aloud, she shares a link to some mighty good poetry reading.

Becky (Farm School) shares a lovely poem by Phillip Booth entitled North.

This week's Monday Poetry Stretch participants wrote seasonal poems for your enjoyment.

Crispus Attucks is feeling the love and thinking Whitman, as in A Song of Joy.

Lisa Chellman shares a short but appropriate poem for this time of year. It is Season Song by Judith Nicholls.

Seven Imp is in today with The Stolen Child by William Butler Yeats.

Alkelda the Gleeful shares the translation of the Santa Lucia song, Night Walks with a Heavy Step.

Blog from the Windowsill is enjoying Cybils reading and has posted an original poem in the form of an ode to Joyce Sidman's nominated book. The poem is entitled This is Just to Say.

LiteracyTeacher shares a poem I would have loved as a kid, Dave Crawley's I Will Not Tease Rebecca Grimes.

cloudscome shares a little e.e. cummings with little tree, and let's us know about a picture book related to the poem.

Miss Erin shares a lovely lit bit of Emily Dickinson.

Book Buds reviews the new book based on the Wordsworth poem, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.

HipWriterMama is also in a snowy mood and gives us The Snow Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Lindabudz has started a Renga. Stop by and leave a few lines of poetry.

Sarah also gives us snow with Robert Louis Stevenson's Winter-Time.

MotherReader shares a link to threadless, which has poet-trees and other funky t-shirts.


  1. I'm in this week with a song/poem from Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas and the video of the bloopers.

  2. I'm in this week with a video poem in Spanish honoring the virgen de Guadalupe, along with the lyrics to the traditional Mexican birthday song, more video and a link to another post with more info and tons of vids. I must be overcompensating for missing two Poetry Friday's in a row.

  3. Short for a Robert Frost poem, isn't it? Good though (but I must be reading it wrong because the last line won't scan for me).

    Anyway, thanks for hosting. I'm in with a post about famous opening lines. How many poets can you identify? Let me know here.

  4. Hi Tricia:

    Thanks for doing the roundup. I've done it earlier. Last week I got too busy and missed it!

    Anyway, I'm celebrating the last day of classes over at Big A little a and the 2 books that await me:

  5. I am SOOO tired. I've been grading 24 hours straight. What I meant to say was, "I got my post up early this week." (Instead of the incoherent "I've done it earlier.")


  6. My Poetry Friday post is an attempt to get inot the Chirstmas spirit with Walter delaMare and Hillaire Belloc.

    Well, I guess it depends on what you mean by "Christmas spirit."

  7. I have a feeling there'll be a lot of snow poems today. Here's mine: It comes from the book Thanks and Giving.

    Thanks for hosting Tricia!

  8. Thanks for hosting! I'm in with a poem that caps our week of Newbery Hopefuls quite nicely. Well, a couple of the verses do, anyway. :-)

    Reading to the Children

  9. I'm in with a question: Can a speech be poetry? We have been persuaded...

  10. Lovely Frost poem--goes right along with your smile post from the other day!

    I'm in with a follow-up book review on a how-to-write poetry book at

    And I'm also in with 15 Words or Less poems (come and add your own) at And the 15WOL poems are written to an image of a winter scene, so they could all qualify for your stretch this week:>)

    Thanks for hosting!

  11. Today I'm celebrating Sara Lewis Holmes with "The Bones of January," and her favorite cookies! Thanks for hosting.

  12. Tricia,

    Thanks for doing the roundup this week!

    I have a review of Aileen Fisher's poetry book DO RABBITS HAVE CHRISTMAS? at Wild Rose Reader. It's a lovely posthumous collection illustrated by Sarah Fox-Davies.

    I have "December Notes," a poem by Nancy mcCleery, at Blue Rose Girls.

  13. Here I am with, "Snowy Sunday with Homework," by Canadian kid's poet, Loris Lesynski. Just right for the last week of school:

  14. In the mood for Sylvia Plath at Wonderland. Thanks for hosting.

  15. I am in with a couple of "birdly" poems since the Christmas Bird Count officially starts today!

  16. Thanks for doing the round-up.

    You can find "Sheep" by C. Kennett Burrow at

  17. I'm in with an original haiku about the practical side of Christmas. It's here:

    Thanks for hosting!

  18. Glad to be back in the Poetry Friday Round Up. Thanks for hosting! This week I have posted a poem that fits with my recent move into a new home, "My House's Night Song" by Betsy Rosenthal.

  19. I'm in with "The lowest trees have tops, the ant her gall" over at Writing and Ruminating. Here's the link to my main blog:

  20. Great round-up! I'm celebrating the end of the semester at Wizards Wireless with a poem I wrote entitled Freedom. Here's the link:

  21. Thanks for hosting, Tricia! I'm in with a short post about reading aloud and The United States of Poetry...

  22. Thanks for rounding up, Tricia!

    I'm in with a winter poem by the late great Philip Booth, "North",

    Thanks for the Frost. I feel like those old orange juice commercials -- a day without Frost is like a day without sunshine!

  23. I'm in with Walt Whitman this morning... A song of joys.

    A bus ride into work, the cold wind, and snow falling all around me left me feeling like Whitman.

  24. Thanks for hosting! I've got another winter poem called "Season Song" by Judith Nicholls, as well as some winter musings.

  25. Hi, Tricia! Nice bit of Frost you've shared.

    7-Imp is in with "The Stolen Child" by William Butler Yeats:

    Thanks for rounding up!


  26. Thank you for hosting! My entry this week is the song "Night Walks With a Heavy Step," an English translation of the Swedish song in honor of Santa Lucia Day:

  27. I have a small appreciation of Joyce Sidman's This is Just to Say at

  28. I'm in with a poem called "I will not tease Rebecca Grimes."

    Thanks for hosting and doing the round-up all day long!

  29. Thanks for the roundup!

  30. Thanks for doing the round up - this looks great!

  31. Hi Tricia,
    Thanks for hosting! I've got The Snow Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

  32. Trying a little experiment this week ... I invite everyone to stop by and participate!!

    Thanks, and BTW, I love that Frost poem. Funny how something that would turn one person into a total Scrooge could make another's day!

    - Linda Acorn

  33. The round-up looks great!

    I'm in with a snow poem

  34. MotherReader is bringing you poetry on T-shirts at