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Hop to It!

  Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong have done it again! Hop to It is their latest anthology of wonderful and current children’s poetry. This is truly the book kids need right now–a third of the poems are about movement, a third are about the pandemic, and a third are about social justice. Here’s my poem […]

A World Full of Poems

  A World Full of Poems: Inspiring Poetry for Children, edited by Sylvia Vardell, had a birthday this week, so I thought I would celebrate by sharing some of the many things I love about this book. The Size–I love how big it is! It is a big, fat beautiful book with a shiny green […]


I don’t practice yoga, but before the pandemic I did take pilates from a wonderful teacher who also teaches yoga. She taught us about breathing in our pilates classes, and she inspired this poem. Here I am reading it, if you’d like to listen and focus on your breath.   Jone has the roundup today […]

Talk Like a Pirate Poem

  Earlier this week when I sat down to decide what to post today, I got an email from Laura Purdie Salas that said “Ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day?” “Am I?” I wondered. I thought for a few minutes, remembered this poem, and happily realized I am! In a world with so many […]

Poems of Presence

  finding myself raking patterns in the litter box   This month at Michelle Heidenrich Barnes’ blog, Today’s Little Ditty, Margaret Simon put out the challenge to write “to write a mindful poem about the present moment,” a poem of presence. I think it may have been Heidi Mordhorst who suggested we try to make […]

Happy Poetry Friday!

    Welcome to Poetry Friday! I can’t help but note that it’s May 1, the day after the last day of National Poetry Month. Is everyone exhausted? I know I am. I think I lost steam after about two weeks. To those of you who wrote a poem or shared a video or did […]

Water’s Ways

My participation in Laura Shovan’s Water Poem Project has drifted a bit, but I’m still checking in now and then. Margarita Engle invited us to write an ode about water. With everything happening it feels like a perfect time to write a poem of appreciation. I wrote this one about my mother’s backyard swimming pool. […]

A Few More Water Poems

I wrote this for Laura’s Shovan’s Water Poem Project. On Day 15 Chris Baron challenged us to look beneath the surface of water. Apparently that was truly challenging for me. As you can see I saw a lot more above than below. I was even more off topic on Day 9 with Kat Appel’s challenge […]

Cherry Popsicles

  This form is called a skinny. A skinny has 11 lines, the first and last can be any length; they must use the same words, but the words can be in a different order. Lines 2-10 are one word each, lines 2, 6 and 10 are the same word. I find this form challenging […]