The stillness of poetry

jaguar

A poem for you to enjoy … let the words roll around in your mouth like candy … the images cause you to imagine … and smile

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A Mary Oliver Poem

Columbine

This summer, a tribute to some of my favorite poems and poets. from Mary Oliver’s poetry collection Devotions, an excerpt from “From the Book of Time”: I rose this morning…

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The Pomelo Poets

Hop to It: Poems to Get You Moving

What would I call the flock of Pomelo poets—over 200—who created poems for Hop to It: Poems to Get You Moving? I take inspiration from the birds. Imagine hundreds of…

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Laughter and Word Play

Try a limerick. Write one with a friend, laugh a little, giggle, piggle. Choose two words: for starters, try moon and spoon. Make a list of real and nonsense words that rhyme:  doom, gloom, room, boom, ploon, groom, stoom, ploom. The only rule is—have fun!  Poetry often makes us laugh!

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Earth

Ages ago, I began as a tiny grain of sand at the bottom of the sea. Millions of other sand crystals surrounded me. The ocean’s water pressed and pressed until we cemented into stone…sandstone! You began as one tiny cell, as small as a grain of sand.

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Remembering Rose A. Tahe

Rose A. Tahe

I first met Rose when she was a student in a graduate level children’s literature class I was teaching for Northern Arizona University on the Navajo Nation. I wondered why Rose was seeking special certification in reading when she already had her master’s degree and probably was near retirement age.

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Desert Wind, Spring Wind

Nancy Bo Flood

Listen to a performance Desert Wind, Spring Wind by Bo Flood, at www.cricketmagkids.com Performed by Pablo R., Dana R., Rebecca O., and Jon R. A performance poem in two voices, published in…

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