Rebecca Herzog at Sloth Reads is hosting
this week's round-up of poetic goodness.
I didn't know that she was calling us to
take part in National Goof Off Day when
I began to play with favorite lines from this
exquisite new book of poetry..
Take one new book of poems
Read every word
Read it again
Lift some favorite lines
Savor the play of rearranging lines
Fashion a new how-to poem.
How to Find a Poem!
So here is what to do
Be very quiet
Listen for the soft music.
Choose a place you like
Step into the trees
Stretch. Float. Fly!
And do not stop.
When winter winds begin to blow
Speak in a voice both clear and deep
Words that soar
Up in the air and down!
-Ramona Behnke, 2019
(with lines lifted from
The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog
and Other How-To Poems
Selected by Paul B. Janeczko
and illustrated by Richard Jones)
A month ago, I wrote a post to honor Paul B. Janeczko. I promised to award Seeing the Blue Between in a random drawing the following Monday (which I didn't do). Today I let grandson Jack pick the winner.And the winner is . . .
Mary Lee Hahn!Thanks to everyone who stopped by to comment on the post and celebrate the contributions of PBJ, truly one of wondrous lights in the world of children's poetry.