Thursday, October 24, 2019

Poetry Friday: Walnut Tree

Welcome to Poetry Friday. Laura Purdie Salas shared this for her Thursday 15 words of less poetry challenge. Laura's photo got the ball rolling, but I found myself thinking more and more about the walnut tree and its tendency to lose its leaves in early autumn. We've had a few nights that have dipped below the freezing mark, and I can't help but feel for the almost naked tree. 

Walnut in Autumn
by Kimberly M. Hutmacher

Tree arms shiver
Naked of their shrug
Reaching, stretching, pleading,
for a hearty warm-up hug.

Copyright October 2019

We are giving away a copy of Patricia Toht's Pick A Pumpkin over at STEAM Powered Poetry this week. Be sure to click over and scroll down to enter to win.

This week's round up is hosted by Karen Edmiston. You'll want to head over and enjoy all of this week's bounty of poetry goodness.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Poetry Friday: It Feels Like Fall

Welcome to Poetry Friday! The leaves are turning vibrant shades of orange, yellow, and red. The air is crisper, and as you can see from the photo above, my porch is bursting with cororful blooming mums and an array of pumpkins. It feels like fall y'all, and it is my absolute favorite time of the year!

This week I'm sharing a few autumn-themed poems from my friend and vlog partner, Heidi Bee Roemer's collection COME TO MY PARTY AND OTHER SHAPE POEMS (Henry Holt 2004). 

Dancing Leaves

Crimson and coral and yellow as butter--
We reach up to snatch waltzing leaves as they flutter.

Hip, hip, hooray for fall's festive confetti!
Let's-- Heap the leaves up and jump!
Are you ready?

Pumpkins for Sale

Rumple dimple dumplin' pumpkin patch!
Buy a perfect pumpkin- mix and match.
Riddle diddle rumpkin pumpkin spree.
Pick one you can carry...
and your pumpkin is free!

I believe this was Heidi's first published trade book. It is full of delightful poems for all seasons, and it's one that has lasted the test of time. It was a favorite of my children, and now my granddaughter is enjoying it, too!

Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core blog is hosting this week's round up. Click over to enjoy all of this week's poetry goodness.