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Friday, December 4, 2015

senryu

sunshine on my back
and on the butterfly wings
at rest on lantana

flitter and flutter
his wings and my heart 
enjoy a warm glow


   As our weather starts to get colder, we have more butterflies stopping by our flowers.  They are mostly Monarchs on their southerly migration.  Time yourself for a minute.  In that time how many different kinds of butterflies can you name?  Now pick one to write your own poem.  Have fun writing.

"Why should I not sit, every morning of my life, on the hillside, looking into the shining world."  Mary Oliver

   Today is Friday, just in time for the Poetry Friday Roundup.  You can find more links to children's poetry and children's poets on Buffy Silverman's blog here.  

   Thanks, Buffy for hosting us today. 

16 comments:

  1. Loving butterflies!
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful poetry!
    ..Joan

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    1. You are beautiful too--inside and out.

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  2. Beautiful! I love the way you compared yourself to the butterfly. Thanks for welcoming us into both worlds.

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    1. As always, thank you for catching what the poem was trying to say.

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  3. How lovely... especially those last three lines. Thanks for warming my heart too, Joy. Thinking about you during this crazy, crazy time of preparing for your move!

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    1. Oh, I need your thoughts and prayers. The packers are finishing up today and the shipping crate comes tomorrow. Everything is in a box. I'm living from a suitcase. It will be a crazy week.

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  4. Love this, Joy! I love the name lantana--don't know the etymology of it, but it always makes me think of a bright little lantern on the ground:>)

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    1. Laura, I like your lantern on the ground. I may steal that to write a lantna poem. They are a bright little flower made of many parts. The red and yellow ones are very pretty, but I prefer the pink and yellow ones.

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  5. Lovely poem, Joy. I can feel the warmth! I'm not very good at naming butterflies beyond the monarch. Sigh . . .

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    1. Jama, I bet you would remember a swallowtail if you saw one. And how about a Painted Lady, Sulphers and Frittilaries? There is a whole world of butterflies to discover and I'll bet you know more than you think you do.

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  6. I suspect you are writing, writing to capture all those wonderful sights before you leave, Joy. This is wonderful. I just saw a news clip that many have made it to Mexico. Thanks for the Oliver quote too, of course!

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    1. Yes, Mary Oliver's new book FELICITY is on my Christmas wish list.

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  7. Lovely, Joy--especially the warm glow of wings and heart! (And I am jealous that you have monarchs in December.)

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    1. Each locale has its own beauty and wonder. Do you think I'll be jealous of your snow?

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  8. Maybe some of those monarchs are ones we set free in September!

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    1. Mary Lee, I loved the pictures and posts about your growing the monarchs on your back porch.

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