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Friday, May 31, 2013

Poetry Friday--The Singing Green

The Singing Green: New and Selected Poems for All Seasons by Eve Merriam [J 811 MER] is a book of children's poetry that I keep coming back to.

Take a look at this poem, and tell me it's not worth revisiting again and again!
Reply to the Question "How Can You Become a Poet?"

take the leaf of a tree
trace its exact shape
the outside edges
and inner lines

memorize the way it is fastened to the twig
(and how the twig arches from the branch)
how it springs forth in April
how it is panoplied in July

by late August
crumple it in your hand
so that you smell its end-of-summer sadness

chew its woody stem

listen to its autumn rattle

watch it as it atomizes in the November air

then in winter
when there is no leaf left
                                  invent one

Visit Betsy at Teaching Young Writers for this week's Poetry Friday Round-Up.

Enjoy your weekend, and if you're in the southern NH area, visit the Friends of the Library of Windham's 30th annual Strawberry Festival and Book Sale taking place tomorrow at Windham High School.


  1. Yes, it definitely IS worth revisiting again and again. Beautiful!

  2. I think it's a fabulous poem, and would speak as well to adults as it does to kids.

  3. I love the story here. I imagined myself doing all those things, smelling, watching...it is all lovely.