Thursday, June 10, 2010

Poetry Friday is Here Today!

Welcome poets, pals , and random peoples! Please post a note about your poem and link in the comments, and I will add you to my list throughout the day!

"School's out for summer!" sings Alice Cooper and all of us at the Polark house this week. It's our first full week without school. My five year old calls it "fake summer" because he says that summer doesn't really start until the 21st. As spring and "fake summer" ends, I give you my original poem about spring that I wrote for a contest this year at Word Wrangler. I am happy to say goodbye to icy rain and hello to sunny days at the pool. How about you?


SPRING

Spring is a tease.
She embraces me with her warmth one day,
Then she pummels me with ice the next.
She asks for forgiveness with cold raining tears
And flowers every color of the rainbow.
Then once again she’s bitter and cold.
I think I prefer to be friends with her sister, Summer.
Summer’s hot.

-by Kelly Polark, all rights reserved.

WOW! PLEASE CHECK OUT THESE WONDERFUL POETRY LINKS!
Amy LV at The Poem Farm has an original poem titled "Here Poem!" today.
Kim Kasch shares "Before Summer Fades Away" today at her writer's blog.
Charles Ghigna has "Racing the Wind" from his collection A Fury of Motion: Poems for Boys at Father Goose.
Tiel Aisha Ansari shares an original prose poem titled ""For the Protection of Consumers today.
Laura Evans has a poem by Mechtild of Magdegurb at All Things Poetry.
Susan Taylor Brown shares some amazing poems by incarcerated teens.
Julie Larios has "Seal Lullaby" by Rudyard Kipling at The Drift Record.
Laura at Author Amok is talking poetry today with Ellen Hopkins and posting one of her poems.
A Year of Reading is sharing a praise song today. Also, you can sign up to host a future Poetry Friday at her blog as well!
Carol is moving right along with a poem by Kay Ryan at Carol's Corner.
Ruth is in the roundup today with Verlaine and the summer of '87!
Irene Latham is in with a poetic update and an excerpt from an original poem entitled "True Things Learned from Cats."
Linda at Write Time shares "What I Learned" poems from students.
Laura Salas has some fabulous poetry news and a shout out to Alice Schertle!
Laura Salas also shares 15 Words or Less poetry inspired by a cool beach sculpture.
Today Kurious Kitty talks about NH's Celia Thaxter and her poem, "Dust." Celia Thaxter is also represented at Kurious K's Kwotes

A little silliness is happening at Random Noodling with A.A. Milne's "Furry Bear."
At The Write Sisters Diane shares a lovely little poem by Muriel Stuart, "The Seed Shop."
Jeannine Atkins shares a post about Scrap by Scrap: Writing Poems from History.
Jama Rattigan is presenting a little melodrama by way of "Making Lemon Curd."

This week on The Stenhouse Blog they have a great poem by Ralph Fletcher. You decide: is it possible to write a poem about a squished squirrel?
Tanita Davis in today with some Whitman - To A Stranger.

Maclibrary has two poems today: A Naomi Shihab Nye poem at Check It Out and one about the heat or lack there of at Deowriter.
At Wild Rose Reader, the subject is GRASS. Elaine has two original poems on the subject--a list poem and an acrostic--as well as a poem by Valerie Worth.
Sally is talking Shakespeare plays at Paper Tigers Blog today.
At Blue Rose Girls, Elaine has a poem by Robert Wrigley entitled "Mowing."

Karen Edmisten is in with Ted Kooser today.
Shelley has intriguing episodes at Rain: A Dust Bowl Story.
Liz Scanlon shares a post on the Gulf Coast troubles and a Natasha Trethaway poetry project.
Doraine Bennett shares "Deep Sea Diver" at Dori Reads today.
Priya has Ted Kooser's "A Rainy Morning" at her blog today.
Janet Squires is linking the book "The Night Before Summer Vacation," written by Natasha Wing, and illustrated by Julie Durrell.
Maya Ganeson is sharing an original titled, "Step."

47 comments:

Anita said...

Loevly poem! Happy Summer!

Amy LV said...

Dear Kelly,
Thank you for hosting this week!
Spring IS a tease. What a fun poem, and you made me laugh telling about your son calling this "fake summer." My children have always been sticklers about these exact dates too.
Today I have posted #72 in my poem-a-day-for-a-year project. It is called, "Here, Poem!"
Amy
http://www.poemfarm.blogspot.com

Kim Kasch said...

I love poetry and summer so enjoy it ”Before Summer Fades Away”

FATHER GOOSE (Charles Ghigna) said...

Thanks, Kelly! I'm "Racing the Wind" @ the FATHER GOOSE blog

Tiel Aisha Ansari said...

An original prose poem: For the Protection of Consumers

Laura said...

Hi Kelly, thanks for hosting!

I'm out of the office, today. I leave a poem by Mechtild of Magdegurb for poetry fans at http://tinyurl.com/35ckor9

Laura Evans
all things poetry

susanwrites said...

Thank you for hosting, Kelly. I'm finally back in with some poems written by incarcerated teenage boys.
http://susanwrites.livejournal.com/308832.html

Julie Larios said...

Oh, I am ready for summer, the season of belief!

With thoughts of the oil spill in the Gulf, I'm posting Seal Lullaby by Rudyard Kipling over at The Drift Record

Author Amok said...

Hi, Kelly. Great last line in your poem.

YA verse novelist Ellen Hopkins and I are talking poetry-shop today -- and she has a poem to share at http://authoramok.blogspot.com/

Laura

Mary Lee said...

Kelly, I'm enjoying every minute of my "fake summer" without lessons to plan and papers to grade! Along those lines, I have a praise song to share today. It's also time for folks to sign up to host the Poetry Friday Roundups for August-December. Check out my post for details.

Carol said...

Kelly
Your poem reminds me of the many long happy days my sisters and I spent at the pool each summer. I am moving this weekend? next week? month? so I'm in with a moving poem by Kay Ryan.

Ruth said...

I'm in with Verlaine and the summer of 1987. Here.

Thanks for hosting!

Irene Latham said...

Ooh, love the sister spin on Spring/Summer! Thanks for hosting. I'm in with a poetic update and an excerpt from an original poem entitled "True Things Learned from Cats." http://irenelatham.blogspot.com/2010/06/poem-free-to-good-home.html

Linda said...

Hi Kelly, Yes, spring is a tease around here too! Great poem. I'm in this week with 3 students poems "What I Learned..." at http://lindakulp.blogspot.com

Have a fantastic weekend! Last day of school for the kids here! Yay!

laurasalas said...

Ha! Love that ending line. And also the way Spring apologizes with those cold rain tears. Fabulous!

I'm in with some good news about two of my poetry books and a shout-out to Alice Schertle's Button Up!, which just won an award.

http://laurasalas.livejournal.com/222473.html

laurasalas said...

I'm also in with 15 Words or Less poems inspired by this cool beach sculpture in Uruquay. Come check them out and add your own!

http://laurasalas.livejournal.com/222217.html

Thanks for hosting, Kelly!

Diane Mayr said...

She asks for forgiveness with cold raining tears--great line, Kelly!

Today Kurious Kitty talks about NH's Celia Thaxter and her poem, "Dust." Celia Thaxter is also represented at Kurious K's Kwotes

A little silliness is happening at Random Noodling with A.A. Milne's "Furry Bear."

At The Write Sisters Diane shares a lovely little poem by Muriel Stuart, "The Seed Shop."

Jeannine Atkins said...

Kelly, I love the poem, especially as around this part of Massachusetts, spring has been lovely but fickle: the lilacs have come and gone, but I can't put away the winter clothes. I can't bear the thought of turtlenecks, but am deploying scarves.

My post is about Scrap by Scrap: Writing Poems from History at http://jeannineatkins.livejournal.com/128630.html

jama said...

LOVE the poem. Summer's hot! Perfect line.

Today I'm presenting a little melodrama by way of "Making Lemon Curd."

http://jamarattigan.livejournal.com/434306.html.

Happy Summer, Kelly, You're hot, too! :)

Stenhouse said...

This week on The Stenhouse Blog we have a great poem by Ralph Fletcher. You decide: is it possible to write a poem about a squished squirrel?

Toby Speed said...

Kelly, I love your poem, and the last line is a perfect surprise. Thanks for hosting today!

Poetry Friday snuck up on me too quickly this week, so I will just wish everyone a wonderful weekend and take some time today to read your poetry blogs.

tanita davis said...

Happy Friday, Kelly. Thanks for hosting. Your poem gave me a good chuckle. Summer is hot, isn't she?

I'm in with some Whitman - To A Stranger.

maclibrary said...

Thanks for the poem. Made me smile. I have two.
A Naomi Shihab Nye poem at Check It Out: http://maclibrary.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/poetry-friday-morning-glory/

And one about the hear or lack there of at Deowriter:
http://deowriter.wordpress.com/

maclibrary said...

I meant heat.

Elaine Magliaro said...

Kelly,

Spring is most definitely a tease here in New England--where the temperatures can reach into the eighties one day and drop into the low fifties the next.

Thanks for doing the roundup this week!

At Wild Rose Reader, the subject is GRASS. I have two original poems on the subject--a list poem and an acrostic--as well as a poem by Valerie Worth.

http://wildrosereader.blogspot.com/2010/06/poetry-friday-subject-is-grass.html

Sally said...

It's still pretty much 'fake summer' up here in Manitoba, Canada, where I live, but a sure sign of summer is when the outdoor Shakespeare companies perform plays which is what my post "The Play's the Thing" is about at PaperTigers today!

Elaine Magliaro said...

I'm back! At Blue Rose Girls, I have a poem by Robert Wrigley entitled "Mowing."

http://bluerosegirls.blogspot.com/2010/06/poetry-friday-mowing-by-robert-wrigley.html

Karen E. said...
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Karen E. said...

Thanks for hosting, Kelly!

I'm in this week with Ted Kooser.

Hema P. said...

Haha, summer's hot indeed! Love the humorous tone in combination with the poignant images your poem invokes, Kelly!

Shelley said...

(Let me add my praise for Ted Kooser.)

But now for something completely different....

http://dustbowlpoetry.wordpress.com

or

click on my name, I think....

Liz in Ink said...

Thanks for hosting, Kelly. Here's my post on the Gulf Coast troubles and a Natasha Trethaway poetry project:
http://liz-scanlon.livejournal.com/152978.html

Doraine Bennett said...

Here in the deep South it's been hot for a while already. Spring is just a breath before summer takes it away. My contribution to Poetry Friday is Deep Sea Diver at http://dorireads.blogspot.com
Thanks for hosting.

Denise said...

Chester came to school and said...

Oh, nevermind.

Priya said...

Thanks for doing the roundup today! I've posted up one of my favorite Ted Kooser poems, A Rainy Morning, over at my blog:

http://priyaganesan.blogspot.com/2010/06/rainy-morning.html

Kimberly Franklin said...

YAY Summer! Loved the poem. :)

Janet Squires said...

My offering is the book "The Night Before Summer Vacation," written by Natasha Wing, and illustrated by Julie Durrell. As the title suggests, this book is written in the style of the Clement Moore poem and details the preparations made by a family for summer vacation.

Maya Ganesan said...

Hi there! I'm in with an original, "Step," today.

www.mayaganesan.blogspot.com/2010/06/step.html

Susan Fields said...

Wow - that's a lot of links! How long did it take you to write that post?

Lovely poem! I prefer summer, too - but spring is a whole lot better than winter. :)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Wow...You are the queen of links, Kelly!

Lovely poem...

We're glad school's out too!!!

Heidi Mordhorst said...

I'm late again this week, for some pretty good reasons. I've posted a poem by a poet previously unknown to me, Joshua Mehigan, titled Work Song.

Thanks for hosting, Kelly, and no worries if you don't manage to add this to the list.

Keri Mikulski said...

Love your poems, Kelly!!

Happy Summer! ;)

Enjoy!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Holy catfish. That is one serious load of poetry links! Cool beans!

And loved the line in your poem: Summer is hot.

That's awesome. I'm saying it in my head like "Summer is Hawt."

And oh! I posted your dance video on my blog today!! Yay! It was such a fun video. I LOOOOOOVED it.

Nishant said...

spring is a tease around here too! Great poem
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