We’ve had a stunning autumn — the maples in my neighborhood are a more intense gold and crimson than I’ve ever seen outside of New Hampshire. Sadly, today’s wind and rain will bring down the last of the leaves on most of the trees. Except our oak. We have an enormous oak in our yard that stubbornly waits until winter to drop its leaves. Stubbornness seems to be an oak character trait because Robert Frost calls out an oak for this behavior:
The leaves are all dead on the ground,
Save those that the oak is keeping
To ravel them one by one
And let them go scraping and creeping
Out over the crusted snow,
When others are sleeping.
If you’d like to see the rest of the poem, visit The Poetry Foundation.
It’s a wet and blustery day here. What better way to spend a rainy and windy day than curling up with a poem?
Laura Purdie Salas has this month’s ekphrastic Poetry Sisters poem.
At A Wrung Sponge, Andromeda shares her ekphrastic Poetry Sisters contribution.
Two more ekphrastic poems by Poetry Sisters: Tanita’s “Unmitigated” and Kelly’s “Caged Goddess.
Another Poetry Sister, Sara, shares her ekphrastic poem “Growth Spurt”.
At Today’s Little Ditty you can read about Rebecca M. Davis’ favorite poems and the latest DMC Challenge.
Robyn Hood Black shares a giggle-inducing poem, “Eletelephony”, to brighten your morning.
If this weather is making you sneezy, Mary Lee Hahn has the poem for you at A Year of Reading.
When my teen starts to drive this summer, I will have to revisit the poem “When the World Learned to Drive” that Irene Latham is sharing at Live Your Poem.
Continuing in the driving theme, at Reading to the Core you can relive your childhood experiences of “Driving at Night.”
While you’re driving you may see turbines like the ones that inspired Bridget’s poem, “Turbine Rhyme”.
At Random Noodling you can read about a recent poetry performance inspired by an old African burying ground and at Kurious Kitty, there’s a short poem from David Ignatow, “Subway.”
If trains are more your thing than the subway, visit Jama’s Alphabet Soup for some Alphabet Trains.
If you’re not fond of creepy crawlies, Molly Hogan’s “Don’t Make Your Bed” will give you the shivers.
At Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme, Matt shares and original November poem and information about the Poetry… Cubed contest.
Tabatha Yeatts has no one to blame but herself when she shares apology poems.
I’ll be thinking of CB Hanek’s “A Little Girl’s Lament to Her Poppy” as I attend the Veteran’s Day Parade today.
Karen Edmisten, Billy Collins, and I share a common trait, “Forgetfulness” so I really appreciated her contribution this morning.
Linda, at Teacher Dance, is inspired by the season to share some autumnal poetry.
Celebrate the month of November with some timely poems at Wild Rose Reader.
Teaching Authors kicks off Three Weeks of Thanks-Giving and shares a Thanks-Giving Thanku poem
For some mermaid pottery and poetry, pay a visit Penny Parker Klosterman.
Laura Shovan at Author Amok wants to share the poem “It’s Lovely to Watch Young Women” with the protagonist of the upcoming YA novel The Girl Who Fell.
Carol at Carol’s Corner shares a poem from the Cybil-nominated anthology Jumping Off Library Shelves.
Sheri Doyle shares a picture book about one of my favorite poets, e.e. cummings.
Sylvia Vardell explored the intersection of science and poetry in a playful way at Poetry for Children.
Amy at The Poem Farm shares a poem for a rainy day, “Rainstory.”
At All About Books, Janet shares a picture book of animal poems.
Little Willow posted a piece of “Accounts” by Rae Armantrou at Bildungsroman.
At Beyond Literacy Link, Carolshares an Autumn-inspired digital composition.
Joy shares an original haiku and watercolor at Poetry for Kids.
Jone shares a Veteran’s Day poem at Check It Out.
Kathryn re-discover a “Postcard from Mars”.
Another Poetry Sisters checks in at The Miss Rumphius Effect with an Ekphrastic Poem.
Poetry Sister Liz shares her ekphrastic poem, too.
For some life lessons from elementary poems head on over to Reflections on the Teche.
If you love Poetry Friday, you’ll appreciate Sally‘s musings.
* I think I’l caught up as of 6pm EDT on Sat… but if I missed you, please leave a comment! *