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A space dedicated to the important things in life.

YES, THIS IS POETRY FRIDAY ON TUMBLR—>You’ve come to the right place in this Internet neighborhood!

Welcome to my first time hosting Poetry Friday.  Above is a POETree I helped bring to life with people I’ve never met.  Seemed fitting to share it with all of you, in celebration of this community.  You can read more about this POETree here: Mission #70: Let’s plant a POETree!  

When thinking about how to join this potluck of people and poems, my first thoughts centered on the heart.  For many reasons, the heart is on my mind.  Also, the heart is an image I love—not to be redundant. 

Today I want to share some things with you that, like poetry, make my heart sing.  *Feel free to share something close to your heart this week, along with your poetry.*  Thank you for welcoming me to this potluck poetry gathering, Mary Lee.   

First, a favorite poem of mine, by a favorite poet:   

Rereading Frost by Linda Pastan

Sometimes I think all the best poems
have been written already,
and no one has time to read them,
so why try to write more?

At other times though,
I remember how one flower
in a meadow already full of flowers
somehow adds to the general fireworks effect*

*(the rest of the poem can be read here)


Now some dishes (links)—close to my heart— to share with all of you:

*This weekly delivery, by Page Hodel, every Monday: Monday Hearts for Madalene

*This author’s (Amy Krouse Rosenthal) way of making her ideas come to life: A Website A Week

*This recipe that makes healthy eating more convenient, while looking & tasting good!   

*This practice that reminds us how important loving touch is.

*Two favorite quotes, especially at this time of year, when many children are heading off to school:

"Making the decision to have a child—it’s momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body."  ~Elizabeth Stone

 "Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born."  ~Anais Nin

Thank you for visiting my space, and sharing your contributions.  The nice thing about words is they work as appetizers, side dishes, main courses, and dessert.

Here is your Poetry Friday Roundup:

—>Michelle Barnes of Today’s Little Ditty shares an original poem about going back to school Close to her heart: ”Aside from my children going back to school, something close to my heart right now is my morning walks.”

—>Charles Ghigna of Father Goose shares an end-of-summer poem “August” with an illustration by Chip Ghigna

—>Elizabeth Bird’s review of Cynthia Rylant’s God Got a Dog

—>B.J. Lee of Blue Window shares a mask poem, Moored

—>Mary Ann Scheuer of Great Kid Books shares a poetry collection that brings poetry and science together—Volcano Wakes Up!  Close to her heart: “A morning walk, with a view over the foggy San Francisco Bay, is what’s making my heart sing today.”

—>Myra of Gathering Books shares a Mary Oliver poem using her iPhone

—>Catherine of Reading to the Core shares a Found poem about going to the fair

—>Mary Lee Hahn of A Year of Reading shares an original fly fishing poem with a picture of the sun reflecting on the Mad River  Close to her heart: “I am trying to keep breathing and enjoy these last few crazy days of preparation before school starts. I can’t wait to meet the REAL children who will be my students this year! Right now they are just names on paper!”

—>Laura of Author Amok shares a running poem by Allen Grossman inspired by running with her daughter

—>Heidi of my juicy little universe shares a first day of school poem, First Day Feast

—>Margaret Simon of Reflections on the Teche shares a poem inviting you to fly along with her  Close to her heart: “Close to my heart these days is the memory of a hot-air balloon ride I took a few weeks ago.  The feeling of floating on air hasn’t left me yet.” 

—>Tara of A Teaching Life shares a poem by Marie Howe, The Moment

—>Diane of Random Noodling shares a poem by Donald Hall, Woolworths’

—>At Kurious Kitty’s Kurio Kabinet you will find another Woolworth’s poem, by Mark Irwin

—>At KK’s Kwotes a poem by Donald Hall 

—>Elizabeth Steinglass shares an original poem, Grandma’s House

—>Tabatha Yeatts of The Opposite of Indifference shares a moon poem by Christina Rossetti, inspired by the “waxing and waning and life rolling on in fleetness”

—>Linda Baie of Teacher Dance shares a poetry Anthology: This Place I Know, poems of comfort selected by Georgia Heard

—>M.M. Socks shares this poem, Woods Painting

—>Keri of Keri Recommends shares Star Wars-themed poems and info. to celebrate her nephews, who are very close to her heart  Close to her heart:  “…my nephews, whose intensity of interest is inspiring in each phase of their lives … from Thomas the Tank Engine through fire trucks to Buzz Lightyear to Star Wars to Harry Potter. May the Force be with them, and their awesome mom!”

—>Matt Forrest Esenwine of Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme shares an older poem of his—“The Kids Are Away”—while he’s “away” celebrating the birth of his child   

—>Liana of Commas Have Wings shares a poem inspired by HUGE caterpillars

—>Irene Latham of Live Your Poem shares Valerie Worth poems about simple machines  Close to her heart: “my out-of-the-nest son who has been home the past couple of days allowing me to help him recover from wisdom teeth removal. :)”

—>Mother Reader shares “Jerusalem”—continuing her songs-as-poetry series 

—>Amy Ludwig VanDerwater of The Poem Farm shares “Moon Memory”—a real/pretend poem about a longing moonShe’ll even read the poem to you!

—>Becky Shillington of Tapestry of Words explores a fun, short poetic format called Clerihew Poetry…

—>Sherry of Semicolon shares a “semi-original poem, partially plagiarized from a poem by John Donne”

—>Julie Larios over at The Drift Record, shares an essay by Holland Cotter, art critic for the NY Times, about his childhood love of recited poetry

—>Karen Edmisten shares a poem by George Bilgere                     

—>MsMac shares a poem by April Halprin Wayland Close to her heart: “…the warm memories of visiting family, especially my brother and nieces and meeting April Halprin Wayland. She was so gracious to have my family visit with her.”

—>Little Willow shares an Emily Dickinson poem

—>Ruth shares a poem by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Thanks to all of you for leaving your poetry contributions at my place this Friday—Hope it wasn’t too confusing to find your way here!  Feel free to leave additional comments for me via the “SUBMIT” button—it does work!

t.g.i.p.f. : )