Greetings, Poetry Lovers! I hope in the midst of these jarring days you are finding comfort through poetry. I've got two short diversions today, depending on whether you need something calm and soothing, or something downright silly.
My National Poetry Month mini-movies project continues with "I Pause for Poems" and "I Pause for Haiku" offerings. Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in April, I'm posting a video featuring one of my published children's poems, and each Tuesday and Thursday, its a haiku suitable for kids. (18 down... four to go!)
First, yesterday's haiku video. It features the poem and picture above. The haiku is from THIS WORLD, Haiku Society of America 2013 Members' Anthology:
the ebb and flow
©Robyn Hood Black
Now, I had been out in the neighborhood this week, recording bird chatter and also taking pictures of leafy oaks and twisty vines, which I was planning to use as the background for the poem text. Then Morgan sent the amazing photo above in a family text on Wednesday. (She teaches third grade in Georgia; her teaching from home since March was the biggest inspiration for me to record these short, teacher-friendly videos!)
Morgan and hubby Matt have been hosting a bluebird pair in their back yard. So I borrowed the wonderful image, added my haiku, and shared it with Caraol Varsalona as well, for her beautiful #NatureNurtures2020 gallery this month. (Here's the link to the video again.)
If you need something a little wackier, might I serve you up some of today's little movie? It features this poem from THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY - K-5 Edition (Pomelo Books, 2012) edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. [Interrupts to wave madly at Janet and say CONGRATS to you and all the other fine folks on the NCTE Notables List announced this week!!]
Here's the poem:
Don't talk with your mouth full -
full of peanut butter.
Anything you try to say
wll cmmm out as a mmmttrr.
©Robyn Hood Black
If you click here for this video, you'll see Rita in a cameo role. She celebrated her eighth birthday this month, by the way.
Be sure to follow along with the Progressive Poem - it happens to park at Wondering and Wondering today, where the generous and talented Christie is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup, too!
(I've got to come up with Monday's line... wish me luck and circle back around after the weekend.) Thanks for coming by!
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PS - The Authors Guild techno-wizards are trying to fix my comment section, which has been making it seem that comments don't go through. They advised me to keep comments set to 'moderated' in the meantime, so I'll do that this week.