this week's round-up of poetic goodness.
"I Will Love You Well" is Carol's heartfelt poem
about Rooney (the service dog who arrived in her
life this summer). We look forward to more posts about
Carol's new canine companion. I think Rooney has quite a fan club!
Clackety Track: Poems About Trains (by Skila Brown and illustrated by Jamey Christoph) has done a bit of traveling lately. I checked it out (probably on someone's recommendation), and took it to Jack's house. Then I asked for it back so I could write a Poetry Friday post about it. It sat on my desk while Jack and family were on vacation (and I failed to write the post). Then it traveled back to Jack's house this past week. This morning I sent a text to my daughter asking if they could tuck the book in today's bag bound for our house (along with the two grandsons). We watch the grand boys at our house on Fridays and Grandpa helps out.
Jack loves the rhythmic cadence of these train poems. And while he was on vacation, he had his first ride on a zoo train, making that poem even more interesting. "Shoulder Ballast Cleaner" with its words curving around the vehicle, is a visual delight. And the train facts at the end taught me more about the shoulder ballast, a new term to this Grandma (never too old to learn from a children's book). The succinct four lines of "Electric Train" introduced me to another new word, pantograph, explained in the facts written on train cars at the end of the book. "Bullet Train" found me telling Jack about the bullet train we rode from Paris to the countryside so we could explore the battlefields of World War I. There's a poem about the subway and one about a sleeper train and so many more to love.
These final lines of "Freight Train" capture its beauty and allure: "Clankin' crayon pack on wheels. / Racin' rainbow made of steel. / Rows
of grooves, cables, and bars. / Graffiti rockin' out the cars. / A badge
of rust. A proud oil stain. / There's nothin' plain about a train." If you have a lover of trains in your life, then you should definitely check out this delightful homage to trains.