It's Friday...which means poetry...hooray!
Thank you, Sylvia Vardell, for hosting this week's round-up at Poetry for Children. Your work as an anthologist and curator of children's poetry is an inspiration and I depend on it more times than you know.
Recently, Margaret Simon asked me to partner with her for Spark #50. I agreed and waited for her to send me a poem as an inspiration piece. Here is her poem.
By Margaret Simon
Butterflies open wings
gripping cellophane shells.
Overnight the light changed,
a metamorphosis for the season.
Paperwhite blossoms pop on grass.
The yellow house with the wrap-around
porch flies an American flag in the midst
of rusty farming equipment set in a circle
like a sculpture garden,garden of ghosts
hanging low on moss-covered oaks
twisting my words in the wind,
“What’s love got to do with it?”
I give my love every day,
a slice of chocolate,
a soft rose petal
oh, yes, this
poem is yours,
Wow, right?! Not only is it a poem full of energy, but there are also lots of visuals to create a response piece from. I sat down at my craft table to look through a book weeded from the public library to find a cottage...a spark. Everything I looked for after that had to work with that spark.
|Response to Half-Hearted Love. Mixed-Media collage By Linda Mitchell March '22|
Find more Spark 50 participant inspiration and response pieces at getsparked.org
There's a new poem on the star padlet...an ekphrastic poem based on this painting by Sara Pulvers that I first saw on Jama's Poetry Friday post last year. See the poem here:
|Painting by Sara Pulvers|