| "Poetry is a rhythmical piece of writing that leaves|
the reader feeling that life is a little richer than before,
a little more full of wonder, beauty, or just plain delight."
We said goodbye to Percy this week and shipped the Poetry Box to its next stop in Utah.
I'm visiting my brother in Oklahoma, and yesterday he drove me 2 1/2 hours so I could visit my niece Kara's 4th grade classroom. My stack of books for the classroom visit included the book I was currently reading, my writer's notebook, and a picture book to share with the students.
When I shared some of the poems from my writer's notebook with them, Kara's students clamored to share a poem with me. I was delighted with their recitation of "Fall" by Aileen Fisher. The repeated phrase "the last of October" in Fisher's poem was a perfect segue into the picture book that I brought to share, In November by Cynthia Rylant, a book rich in poetic language.
My time in Kara's classroom reminded me of my 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Lewallen, who taught for 40 years and required us to memorize many poems. I know that my life was made richer during the year I spent with her. I wish I could share with her the joy that poetry continues to bring into my life. She would love Poetry Friday!