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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Poetry Friday--"Primrose"

A fabulous series of books for kids is "Poetry for Young People," published by Sterling Publishing. We have these titles in our collection:

The poem I have selected for today is from the volume entitled William Carlos Williams:


Yellow, yellow, yellow, yellow!
It is not a color.
It is summer!
It is the wind on a willow,
the lap of waves, the shadow
under a bush, a bird, a bluebird,
three herons, a dead hawk
rotting on a pole--
Clear yellow!
It is a piece of blue paper
in the grass or a threecluster of
green walnuts swaying, children
playing croquet or one boy
fishing, a man
swinging his pink fists
as he walks--
It is ladysthumb, forget-me-nots
in the ditch, moss under
the flange of the carrail, the
wavy lines in split rock, a
great oaktree--
It is a disinclination to be
five red petals or a rose, it is
a cluster of birdsbreast flowers
on a red stem six feet high,
four open yellow petals
above sepals curled
backward into reverse spikes--
Tufts of purple grass spot the
green meadow and clouds the sky.

What great images! I can picture it all, can't you?

Please stop by No Water River where Renee is hosting this week's Round-Up.


  1. Isn't it wonderful, how many colors yellow is in that poem? Blue, green, pink, red, purple! Thanks for posting this, Diane.

  2. Wonderful that the word "summer" can easily be replaced by "yellow"!

  3. Violet, thanks for finding such a wonderful selection for late summer.

  4. Oh yes! Yellow IS summer and this poem is perfect. I hadn't read it before but it is now going into my personal favorite collection so I can share it too.