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Poetry Friday: Sincerely...

April 9, 2015

Tags: Poetry Friday, poetry, ponderings, book tracks, letter writing

I hope you are having a great Poetry Month! If you're like me, you might already be wishing for a couple-few extra days to get to some of the great blog posts you haven't been able to visit yet. I'm hoping to catch up a bit next week.

Speaking of next week, yours truly will be hosting Poetry Friday, and GUESS WHO will be here? Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong! [I KNOW... I can't wait either!] These two Poetry-Forces-to-be-Reckoned-With will share the inside scoop on how the new bilingual Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations came to be, and where they hope it's going. BYOC - Bring your own confetti!

Today I'm sharing my poem in the book, "Sincerely." It was written to celebrate National Write a Letter of Appreciation Week, the first week of March. (If you just missed it, get a jump on next year! I'm sure there are lots of folks you appreciate.)

I was thrilled to get a bona fide Pomelo Books Pocket Poem™ Card with my poem printed on it as well. These cards have sure made me smile. I mailed some to my daughter Morgan for her classroom of third-graders, and she texted me with a picture of each student holding them up and smiling.

Then I took a few with me to a tutoring session with children of local migrant farm workers, an effort spearheaded by a wonderful couple in our church. My student partner that evening was Leslie, a fourth grader. Just so happens one of Leslie's vocabulary words we were practicing was "Sincere" - and it was one of the few words tripping her up a wee bit.

I pulled out the cards, and she was happily surprised. The most fun part, though, was when I asked her to help me with the Spanish pronunciation on the other side of the card. She was a willing and capable teacher, patiently coaxing me as I stumbled over "agradecido" and "Afectuosamente." I was grateful for her guidance! And I think she enjoyed passing out cards to the rest of the students before we left the library.

Here is the poem in English and Spanish:


Dear Friend,

I see the thoughtful things you do.
Your words are always cheerful, too.

I noticed!
And I'm thanking you.



Querido amigo,

Eres muy amable y atento,
y tus palabras son siempre de aliento.

ˇLo he advertido!
y te estoy agradecido


Poem©Robyn Hood Black. All rights reserved.

Thanks for sharing a little pre-game celebration with me this week, and see you next Friday! For this week's Roundup, visit the always-much-appreciated Laura at Writing the World for Kids.


  1. April 9, 2015 11:32 PM EDT
    I've shared this new anthology with our Spanish teacher, Robyn, & it is so appreciated. Now that I see this, I wonder if our French teacher would like to try to translate some of the poems? This is great, congrats on your poem being in the book.
    - Linda Baie
  2. April 10, 2015 7:45 AM EDT
    I am completely enamored of this poem and the little card! Love it so much. Excited for Sylvia & Janet's visit!! xo
    - Irene Latham
  3. April 10, 2015 8:34 AM EDT
    This is one of my favorite new poems. It is just perfect to tuck into someone's pocket as a thank you. You always give so much - I am thankful for YOU! Happy Poetry Friday! xo
    - Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
  4. April 10, 2015 8:37 AM EDT
    Bonjour, Linda - you are always sharing great stuff with others. I just love the bilingual aspect of this collection. Great idea - these poems could be a fun class project for teachers or students to tackle in even more languages!
    - Robyn Black
  5. April 10, 2015 8:50 AM EDT
    Irene, aren't the little Pocket Poem cards delightful? That Janet Wong...!! Your PFAC elephant poem packs some pretty ginormous imagery - love it.

    Dear Amy - I appreciate YOU! Thank you for the kind comment and all you give to the world. Your Trick-or-Treat poem in PFAC is all treat.
    - Robyn Black
  6. April 10, 2015 8:54 AM EDT
    Just love this simple, beautiful poem, Robyn, and I love this little story of your sharing, too. Such an authentic moment! And of course I'm so grateful for all your support all around!
    - Sylvia Vardell
  7. April 10, 2015 9:00 AM EDT
    Robyn, I LOVE your poem, and I love your story of using it with a student. Hurray! How wonderful you had that card up your sleeve. I especially love that you got to flip the card and the experience and let her teach you.
    - Liz
  8. April 10, 2015 9:43 AM EDT
    Your poem is so SWEET! And I love your story with your little tutee. How adorable is that, that she got to see her trouble word in print AND teach the teacher a little something. I bet you made her day. :)
    - Renee LaTulippe (@ReneeMLaTulippe)
  9. April 10, 2015 9:58 AM EDT
    How wonderful to make up poem cards. I love that idea. And your poem is super sweet.
    - Brenda at friendlyfairytales
  10. April 10, 2015 10:57 AM EDT
    Sylvia, I am truly grateful for all you and Janet do. Just think of all the enriching little stories you might never hear about, but which sprout from your PFA books!

    Liz - that tutoring session was such a magical little gift for me. (I do hope Leslie did well on her quiz - she studied hard!) We actually "lived" your terrific "Looking for a Book" poem after the homework - the children's librarian helped us track down a superhero book Leslie wanted!

    Hi, Renee - Thanks for all your thoughts. I know she made MY day. And congrats on your "Friends" poem in PFAC - such a positive tribute to friendship and mutual respect.

    Thanks, Brenda - those cards are the greatest. You can find more at the site. :0) Happy Poetry Month!
    - Robyn Black
  11. April 10, 2015 11:20 AM EDT
    What a sweet poem -- and a brilliant idea to print PoemCards to share around. Love hearing your story about Leslie. Looking forward to the interview with Janet and Sylvia next week!
    - jama
  12. April 10, 2015 11:42 AM EDT
    Love your little poem with the BIG HEART, Robyn. It has you written all over it. :) Excited for your interview with Sylvia and Janet next week!
    - Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
  13. April 10, 2015 12:42 PM EDT
    charming poem, Robyn! Looking forward to your interview with Janet and Sylvia!
    - B.J. Lee
  14. April 10, 2015 1:09 PM EDT
    Have a Friday filled with lots of poetic moments. Thanks for sharing your poem. I know the children will enjoy having it.
    - Patricia Cruzan
  15. April 10, 2015 1:45 PM EDT
    Thanks for popping in, Jama. There's a lot of brilliance over at Pomelo Books, isn't there? ;0)

    Michelle, thanks. Speaking of HEART, your Red Cross/Helpers poem and World/Girl Scouts poem are full of heart - just wonderful.

    Hi, B.J. - thanks for visiting. Enjoyed your very "musical" poem in PFAC. :0)

    Patricia, wishing the same for you. I appreciate YOU too, even if I haven't written you a letter saying so...!
    - Robyn Black
  16. April 10, 2015 3:08 PM EDT
    Very sweet poem, Robyn - so simply stated, it's an example of why less is often more!
    - Matt Forrest Esenwine
  17. April 10, 2015 3:26 PM EDT
    Love this poem, Robyn--a perfect postcard!
    - Buffy Silverman
  18. April 10, 2015 4:51 PM EDT
    Thanks so much, Matt - that's a lovely thing to say. :0)

    Hi, Buffy. Thanks - I need to send a few more postcards and letters myself!
    - Robyn Black
  19. April 10, 2015 7:36 PM EDT
    What a sweet holiday to celebrate! Your poem is so simply heartfelt -- very nice, Robyn. :-)
    - Tabatha
  20. April 10, 2015 10:04 PM EDT
    Buffy - Meant to include a nod to your wonderful poems in PFAC - At the Seder presents such a wonderful family tradition, and love those farmers market veggies!

    Matt, Ditto - Your "Picky Eater" is a lot of fun.

    Thank you, Tabatha - you are definitely one of those folks I SINCERELY appreciate. :0)
    - Robyn Black
  21. April 11, 2015 7:12 AM EDT
    I can't wait for next week! I'm getting my confetti retti!
    - Mary Lee Hahn
  22. April 11, 2015 10:31 AM EDT
    That is such a cute poem, Robyn. And what a great story of how everything came together in your lovely tutoring session.
    - Laura Purdie Salas
  23. April 11, 2015 4:45 PM EDT
    Very clever, Mary Lee - ;0). Your PFAC "Compliments" poem goes right along with our theme today, and I love your Earth Day poem - right on time for this month!

    Laura - thank you for hosting this week! And thanks for the kind comments. So enjoyed your "Picnic March" - and my cat is clapping for the paper bag poem. ;0)
    - Robyn Black
  24. April 11, 2015 9:02 PM EDT
    I think you should organize a postcard exchange, Robyn! I look forward to next week's post as I came pretty late to the PFAC call for poems and I was mystified as to how Janet and Sylvia would select and put the poems together. I always enjoy reading the backstories.
    - Diane Mayr
  25. April 12, 2015 9:38 PM EDT
    Hi, Diane! These little cards are actually business card size - very fun. And I think there's something magic in Pomelo juice - ;0) - such an ambitious undertaking, and the final product is just full of wonderfulness, don't you think? Like your voting poem!
    - Robyn Black
  26. April 16, 2015 6:59 PM EDT
    Aww. This poem in English & Spanish tugs at my heart.
    It is so like you to be tutoring young ones who really, really need help. And also like you to ask for help from your pal. I bet she writes a lot of poetry in her student years, due to your influence Robyn.

    Can you see my confetti toss for not only this great Celebration Anthology from Sylvia & Janet, but for YOUR sweet poem, in it!

    Brava! all around with sincere thanks.

    - Jan Annino
  27. April 16, 2015 8:31 PM EDT
    Jan, such kind words all around - thank you.
    And thanks for bringing the confetti - it's needed for the post I'm about to put up for Poetry Friday this week - our party with Janet and Sylvia! Woo-hooo! :0)
    - Robyn Black

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