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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:

Primrose

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?

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4 comments:

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

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

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

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  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.

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