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Poetry Friday - The St. Paddy's Day Roundup is HERE!

March 15, 2017

Tags: Poetry Friday, poetry, poets, holidays, St. Patrick's Day, Esther Hershenhorn, Poetry Friday Roundup

Grreeeen Greetings, Poetry Lovers!

Welcome to All. So glad you are joining us for the Poetry Friday Roundup.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

For those of you in the US who can't see anything but white outside, sending warmest wishes from the South. Somewhere under all that snow must be a four-leaf clover bud.

Here's a perfect poem for today from The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations from Pomelo Books. (You know - the volume Kirkus called "A bubbly and educational bilingual poetry anthology for children.")

by Esther Hershenhorn

March 17
the world turns green
to celebrate St. Patrick.
Green hats!
Green floats!
Green rivers, too!
March 17's green magic.

--and in Spanish:

basado en "St. Patrick's Day"
por Esther Hershenhorn

El 17 de marzo
el mundo se vuelve verde
para celebrar a San Patricio.
¡Sombreros verdes!
¡Carrozas verdes!
¡Ríos verdes también!
El 17 de marzo es magia verde.

©Esther Hershenhorn. All rights reserved.

Many thanks to Esther for sharing her poem here today! A couple of years ago, she blogged about creating this poem over at Teaching Authors - It's always fun to check out the story behind a poem.

I'm sure the river, hats, floats, and fountains an hour south of here in Savannah are green, green, green. And my hubby (and our daughter's hubby) could wear those "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" buttons after our DNA kit adventures over the holidays. ;0)

Whether you are ancestrally Irish (is that even a word?) or honorarily so today, I wish you pot-fuls of good luck and golden poems. Please leave your links & short post descriptions in the comments, and I'll round up old-school-style as the day goes on. (Note - I'll be on the road Saturday and unable to add to my list after Friday eve, but make yourself at home all weekend!)

BUT WAIT, There's More...

Speaking of Pomelo Books, my ancient office kitty, May, (okay, with help from the partially-Irish husband) helped randomly draw winners of the five copies of HERE WE GO - A Poetry Friday Power Book, generously donated by Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell! Those lucky ducks are: Charles W., Tabatha Y., Mary Lee H., Linda M., and Shaggers! (Shaggerspicchu - send me your address so you can use this with your class! :0) ) Please email me at with the address where you'd like me to send your book, and I'll get the leprechauns right on it.


The Roundup:

Steven Withrow starts us off at Crackles of Speech with a poem celebrating the American Woodcock, gracing Cape Cod this winter and looking for love. (Ever the over-achiever, Steven has memorialized the little fellow in a Shakespearean sonnet!)

At A Teaching Life, Tara is eyeing spring with a gorgeous Jane Kenyon poem, and her own gorgeous thoughts about her farm.

Basketball fan? Okay, poetry fan? Linda shares a slew of poetic slam-dunks in honor of March Madness over atA Word Edgewise.

At Jama’s Alphabet Soup, you’ll find a new poem by one of MY favorite poets, Penny Harter. Take a tissue, as it will pull on your heartstrings, and enjoy the warmth with which Jama serves it up.

Oh, you might never think of a toothpick in quite the same way again. I see poems popping up in response to Helen Frost’s “ode” challenge on Michelle’s Today’s Little Ditty, and Kat has one that will stick with you at Kats Whiskers.

In another post dealing with loss and grief, Brenda at Friendly Fairy Tales offers a simple, child-friendly and personal poem, “Sister Blue.” (Congrats to Brenda on its inclusion in an anthology!)

Here’s another ode in the TLD challenge: At Beyond Literacy Link, Carol offers up “Ode to Summer Sand,” which is definitely making me miss our beach here, closed since Hurricane Matthew hit last October. Sigh. (On the other end of the seasonal spectrum, Carol is working on her soon-to-be-unveiled Winter Gallery, too!)

I dare you to meander through St. Patrick’s Day without a smile if you pop in to enjoy Diane’s fetching haiga at Random Noodling. I dare you.

And we can’t have a Poetry Friday on St. Paddy’s Day without a sip of Yeats now, can we? Kurious Kitty’s got us covered with a delightful, woodsy cup.

At Teaching Authors, JoAnn has bagged a lovely way to fuel creativity AND help the planet while kicking off a new series on creativity. What’s your “one little thing”?

Need a walk on the beach, maybe after reading Carol’s poem? You know our wonderful Sally Murphy is always ready to share her encounters with seaside critters great and small. Her poetic crabby exchange will leave YOU anything but.

What would St. Paddy’s Day be without a limerick or two or ten? Alice Nine brings us blessings and limericks and lovely links to all things Lear. Enjoy!

Oh, Alice’s post has you thirsty for more? At Michelle’s Today’s Little Ditty, Carrie Clickard leads us up and down the hills of Limerick Land, with more amazing scribers of the form than you can shake a walking stick at. There’s even a mathematical equation that’s a limerick. Really. (And enjoy a Celtic tune by The High Kings on your way out.)

Linda has a gorgeous original crow poem at Teacher Dance, and I was struck by how this and Penny Harter’s poem at Jama’s today complement each other.

Michelle Kogan shares a plate-ful today: an original poem about the climate/current political climate, news of a new zine, Voices, words & art available through her Etsy shop, and an eerily timely poem by Adrienne Rich.

Our resident RainCity Librarian, Jane, celebrates the holiday and her Irish heritage with a beautiful photo and a glorious, bittersweet poem by Yeats. Sigh.

At Reading to the Core, Catherine shares lovely poetic images of the birds outside her kitchen window during the blizzard this week. Planes might have been grounded, but not these birds!

Greg at Gottabook is offering up a sneek peek at Spring Fever with a re-post of his fun poem, “Allergic to Homework.” Gesundheit.

Thank you, Fats, at Gathering Books, for a touching post pausing to honor the passing of Amy Krouse Rosenthal with a Mary Oliver poem, “Love Sorrow.”

At The Opposite of Indifference, Tabatha shares an amazing “Literary Scavenger Hunt” poem gifted to her by her ever-clever, talented daughter, Ariana. You’ll just have to read for yourself!

On a related vein, enjoy this delightful book spine poem from Ramona at Pleasures from the Page.

And more about St. Patrick’s Day, Irish roots, and sorrow, too – but with the winged hope and solace that flows from Irene’s masterful pen. Her poem is simply titled, “This Poem is Green.”

Margaret brings us a new poetic form based on fractals over at Reflections on the Teche. She got to meet an old SCBWI Southern Breeze buddy of mine (when Mississippi was in our region!), author Sarah Campbell, who has a new book on the subject. If you are a teacher, you MUST check out these terrific poems by Margaret’s students!

Raise a cupful of moonbeams to Laurie Purdie Salas, whose brand new book, IF YOU WERE THE MOON, launches today! She shares the poem that started it all at Writing the World for Kids. Awrrroooooo!

And now refill your glass – with flashlight beams this time, we’ll wait… - and offer up another toast, because Matt Forrest has an awesome cover reveal and release date for his upcoming debut picture book, Flashlight Night!

All this celebrating means we must dance. Yes, you. Join Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe for some clever “Linguistic Jig”-ging complete with a rollicking Irish reel to get your feet & fingers tapping.

Oh my – see if you relate to snow-bound Donna’s post at Mainely Write today; how DO you keep those brilliant writing ideas from flitting away with the fairies? (She made a found poem out of her own post, too, which has a wee bit o'green jealousy in it.)

Join Jone at Check It Out for a feast of odes by students, answering the aforementioned TLD challenge. One second grader even wrote and Ode to Poetry! Rock on, young poets.

What else would you expect from a delightful poet whose name is an irresistible Spring color? Violet has a colorful, rhythmic “Note to Spring” so enticing, I bet Spring will arrive a day or two early in her back yard.

At bildungsroman, Little Willow shares the lovely opening lines of “Last Night” by Théophile Julius Henry Marzials.

Shhh! Don’t wake the precious sleeping grandabies at Dori Reads. But gentle open the door, and enjoy an Irish lullaby…. She even has The Irish Tenors! (And a link to two of her poems in an online literary journal.)

Echoing some other posts today, Ruth at There is No Such Thing as a Godforsaken Town has a few lines on the theme of sorrow, from Mary Oliver.

Kay invites us to slow down in this season of Lent, with lovely reflections in poetry and photographs at A Journey Through the Pages.

Jone is back with a magical “Library Time” cinquain at Deowriter - Enjoy!

Katie at The Logonauts has an “I Read” poem which definitely rings true for me… see if it does for you, too!

Rounding out the day’s selections is Leigh Ann at A Day in the Life, appropriately calling our attention to the small miracles all around us with a Walt Whitman poem.

Wait - 2 more! Visit Amy at The Poem Farm at and Joy at - :0)


  1. March 16, 2017 8:56 PM EDT
    Thanks for hosting, Robyn! Today I have an original poem at Crackles of Speech about a bird called the American woodcock:
    - Steven Withrow
  2. March 16, 2017 9:14 PM EDT
    Thanks for hosting, Robyn! I have a poem by one of my favorites - Jane Kenyon:
    - Tara @ A Teaching Life
  3. March 16, 2017 9:22 PM EDT
    Yay! I'm a winner! I am hoping to get a reading/writing group of kids together at my school for Here We Go.

    I am talking about old fashioned March Madness for the non-so-Bball-inclined over at A Word Edgewise:

    I loooooooooooooooooooove Poetry Friday. Let's Play!
    - Linda M
  4. March 16, 2017 9:24 PM EDT
    Happy St. Paddy's Day, Robyn! What a fun, greenly welcoming post. Love Esther's poem. This holiday makes me happy because 1) green is my favorite color, and 2) I'm married to a leprechaun. :)

    This week I'm sharing a new poem by Penny Harter called "Marmalade."

    My link goes live at 6 a.m. Friday morning. Thanks so much for hosting!
    - jama rattigan
  5. March 16, 2017 9:36 PM EDT
    And in Queensland, we have green grass too, after recent rainfall. :) #lovely

    Thanks for hosting us, Robyn. This week I took Michelle-&-Helen's ditty challenge and wrote an ode to an ordinary object. (Yet to post it to the padlet, Michelle.)
    - KatApel
  6. March 16, 2017 9:44 PM EDT
    Happy St. Patrick's Day, Robyn! Thanks for hosting and for your Irish cheer. It's always fun to celebrate Ireland, although I prefer to do it with storytelling rather than green beer.
    - Brenda at friendlyfairytales
  7. March 16, 2017 9:45 PM EDT
    Oops, here the link for my post --
    - Brenda at friendlyfairytales
  8. March 16, 2017 9:55 PM EDT
    Robyn, thank you for hosting PF and providing a St. Patrick's Day poem. My family is celebrating at my friend's house. For Poetry Friday, I am offering my Ode to Summer Sand in Michelle Barnes' Ditty Challenge. This is in contrast to my work this weekend in organizing my winter gallery for unveiling.
    - Carol Varsalona
  9. March 16, 2017 10:00 PM EDT
    Happy St. Patrick's Day, Robyn! I have a haiga with an Irish bent at Random Noodling.

    Kurious Kitty has a poem from W. B. Yeats.
    - Diane Mayr
  10. March 16, 2017 10:20 PM EDT
    Happy St. Patrick's Day--I'm happy to join in the celebration! Today I'm starting a new Teaching Authors series on creativity at
    - JoAnn Early Macken
  11. March 16, 2017 10:47 PM EDT
    Top of the morning to ye! Thanks for hosting the roundup and i love the poem. With a surname like Murphy I feel like I'm at quite a bit Irish, especially on a day like today. For Poetry Friday I'm sharing another beach poem:
    - Sally Murphy
  12. March 16, 2017 10:56 PM EDT
    Happy St. Patrick's Day, Robyn, and thank you for hosting! My post is "Blessings and Limericks" -- that says it all. I've got some great links to Edward Lear stuff and one to a great historical site about Limerick City.
    - Alice Nine
  13. March 16, 2017 11:10 PM EDT
    Blessings of the day, Robyn! I'm feeling Irish-inspired thanks to your post and Carrie Clickard's celebration of limericks over at Today's Little Ditty. Thanks for hosting! xo
    - Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
  14. March 16, 2017 11:18 PM EDT
    The luck of the Irish to ye, Robyn! I like your poem, still am surprised about that green river that happens every year! I'm sharing about crows again, this time a poem I wrote: Thanks for hosting!
    - Linda Baie
  15. March 16, 2017 11:42 PM EDT
    Thanks for your fun St Patty's Day blog, and Esther's fun poem! I've been buried in a head cold and am happy to see some green amongst the snow here in Chicago!
    - Michelle Kogan
  16. March 16, 2017 11:49 PM EDT
    Thanks for hosting the Poetry Roundup Robyn, my post is focusing on politics and a new zine, which you might say is a little Irish, Cheers! I'm at:
    - Michelle Kogan
  17. March 17, 2017 12:58 AM EDT
    Happy St. Patrick's Day! I'm celebrating with a poem from Yates:
    - Jane @ Raincity Librarian
  18. March 17, 2017 1:00 AM EDT
    Top of the morning to you, Robyn! Thank you for hosting this fine day. I have an original poem inspired by the birds in my yard during the blizzard on Tuesday.
    I'll be back later to partake of the poetry!
    - Catherine @ Reading to the Core
  19. March 17, 2017 3:15 AM EDT
    Thanks for hosting! I'm up with Allergic to Homework (originally posted almost 9 years ago... and still as relevant!)
    - Greg Pincus
  20. March 17, 2017 3:17 AM EDT
    Hi dearest Robyn, thank you so much for hosting this week. Fats is up today at GatheringBooks from Red Bird by Mary Oliver:
    - Myra from GatheringBooks
  21. March 17, 2017 5:29 AM EDT
    Happy St. Patrick's Day! My grandfather-in-law (my husband's grandfather) was from Ireland. Yay re: winning!! (I'm assuming I'm the only Tabatha Y!! Although wouldn't it be funny if there was another!)
    I'm sharing a literary scavenger hunt by my daughter today:
    Thanks for hosting!
    - Tabatha
  22. March 17, 2017 6:33 AM EDT
    Here's to a lovely St. Paddy's Day, Robyn. Thanks of hosting! I'm sharing a book spine poem today.
    - Ramona
  23. March 17, 2017 6:38 AM EDT
    Hi Robyn, who's a wee bit Irish! I probably need a DNA kit to know for sure if I've got some Irish, but my father said we do... it's in my post! Also in my post: a green poem. Thank you for hosting!
    - Irene Latham
  24. March 17, 2017 6:44 AM EDT
    A new concept, fractal, leads to a new poetry form.
    - Margaret Simon
  25. March 17, 2017 6:51 AM EDT
    Thank you for hosting, Robyn, and top o' the morning to ya! I'm in with the original poem-only version that led to IF YOU WERE THE MOON --

    Love Esther's poem for today!
    - Laura Purdie Salas
  26. March 17, 2017 7:36 AM EDT
    Thanks for hosting, Robyn - and for sharing Esther's poem. Happy St. Pat's Day! On my blog today, I'm very excited to reveal the cover of my debut picture book, "Flashlight Night:"
    - Matt Forrest Esenwine
  27. March 17, 2017 7:42 AM EDT
    Top 'o the mornin' to ye, Robyn! I'm in today with some silly linguistic jigging and reeling.
    - Heidi Mordhorst
  28. March 17, 2017 8:12 AM EDT
    Thanks for hosting on this festive day!
    Snow still here for us and I'm a bit jealous of all the GREEN in lots of places! But I've forgotten about it.
    - Donna Smith
  29. March 17, 2017 9:10 AM EDT
    Student odes:
    - Jone
  30. March 17, 2017 9:27 AM EDT
    Hi Robyn, Thanks for hosting and for the lovely green poem!

    My post today is a note to Spring. It's here:
    - Violet N.
  31. March 17, 2017 9:30 AM EDT
    Thanks for hosting! Here's mine:
    - Little Willow
  32. March 17, 2017 9:34 AM EDT
    I'm wearing green today and so glad to be visiting with you. I'm in today with an Irish Lullaby! It's what happens when you have grandbabies on the mind and in the arms.
    - Doraine Bennett
  33. March 17, 2017 9:51 AM EDT
    Thanks for hosting! I have some Mary Oliver today.
    - Ruth (
  34. March 17, 2017 9:59 AM EDT
    (my comments section acting up, so posting for Esther!):

    Thank you, Robyn, for including me and my Poetry Friday St. Patrick's Day poem in POETRY FRIDAY!
    Usually my fellow TeachingAuthors April Halprin Wayland and JoAnn Early Macken receive that honor. :)
    Happy St. Pat's Day to ALL from Esther in the city that dyes its river green!

    Esther Hershenhorn
    - (from Esther Hershenhorn) Robyn Black
  35. March 17, 2017 10:13 AM EDT
    Thanks for hosting and sharing so much golden poetry. What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? I have several original poems combined with photographs that have been part of my Lenten reflections this year at my blog
    - Kay McGriff
  36. March 17, 2017 5:03 PM EDT
    I love Esther's poem. Thanks for sharing it today!
    - Linda
  37. March 17, 2017 6:45 PM EDT
    I'm late but have a Library Magic cinquain:
    - Jone MacCulloch
  38. March 17, 2017 7:03 PM EDT
    Thanks so much for hosting! I'm sharing a slice of life poem based on the beginning "I read; therefore."
    - Katie Logonauts
  39. March 17, 2017 7:03 PM EDT
    Whoops, link to the slice of life "I read" poem
    - Katie Logonauts
  40. March 17, 2017 7:31 PM EDT
    Sharing Walt Whitman's Miracles and thinking about the small everyday things.
    - Leigh Anne Eck
  41. March 17, 2017 7:32 PM EDT
    I forgot the link!
    - Leigh Anne Eck
  42. March 17, 2017 10:53 PM EDT
    Thank you, wonderful friend, for hosting! Happy St. Patrick's Day to a creative wonder!

    Today at The Poem Farm, I'm thinking about my family...specifically the Conollys. Looking at old objects can inspire writing, and it did for me today.

    Safe travels! xx
    - Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
  43. March 18, 2017 10:48 AM EDT
    I'm too late but you can check out my art and poem at
    - Joy Acey
  44. March 21, 2017 8:44 AM EDT
    Your blog is linked to day to mine for the “Found Poem” Scavenger Hunt!
    Happy World Poetry Day!
    - Donna Smith
  45. March 21, 2017 6:37 PM EDT
    I could dance a jig, finding this lively St. Pat's Day party & especially Esther H.'s beautifully green poem, after returning home with my hubby from a St. Patrick's bookish Day Weekend. Love the photo yoo. Our jaunt It was full of writers & readers ,as the trip was for the annual literary festival for the Margaret Key Library called Authors in Apalach. Top 0' The Evenin' & Morning to dear Lassies Robyn & Esther from Lassie Jan (on me mother' side we are Baileys!)
    I hope to catch up with Poetry Friday blogs & links.
    - Jan Annino
  46. March 23, 2017 12:11 PM EDT
    Hi, Donna - Oh, my - what did I miss?! I'll go check it out. (We were in the mountains with very sketchy service, & then on the road the first part of this week.) ;0)

    Jan - sounds like wonderful inspirations all around! Glad to have you back and full of literary wonders. XO
    - Robyn Black

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