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Elaine Magliaro is a former teacher and school librarian who now teaches a children's literature course at a large university. Children's books and children's poetry are my passion.
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1. A Poem about the Megalodon







I’ve already posted a number of poems from my unpublished collection titled Docile Fossil. Here’s another poem from that manuscript. I wrote it as a definition of the biggest prehistoric shark that ever lived—the Megalodon.

Megalodon: A Poetic Definition

Megalodon, Megalodon:
A giant-jawed phenomenon
Much bigger than a mastodon,
A predatory paragon,
A monster shark that preyed upon
Dolphins, whales…a beast of brawn—
The mightiest biter of the deep
Who’s gone to his eternal sleep.

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Tabatha has the Poetry Friday Roundup at The Opposite of Indifference.

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2. MARSHMALLOW CHICKS: A Poem for Easter

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Here is my poetry selection for the Friday before Easter. It’s about PEEPS©--which I used to love to eat when I was a little kid.



MARSHMALLOW CHICKS
By Elaine Magliaro

I hear them peeping

in their package,

beseeching:

Eat me!

Eat me!

I break open

their plastic shell,

hold soft hatchlings

in my hands.

One by one

I savor

a chattering of chicks,

chubby marshmallow chicks

coated with colored sugar.

I lick their bright yellow down

from my fingertips.

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You’ll find the Poetry Friday Roundup over at Life on the Deckle Edge.



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3. Things to Do If You Are a Mole: An Original List Poem


 

I had hoped to post earlier today—but I’ve been having problems connecting to the Internet. It can be very frustrating when one spends as much time as I do at the computer most days.


For this second Friday of National Poetry Month, I have a “things to do” list poem for you.

THINGS TO DO IF YOU ARE A MOLE


Make your home

in the damp darkness

underground

unknowing of snow

and stars

and summer breezes.

Live among roots

and rocks

and sleeping cicadas.

Excavate tunnels

in the moist brown earth.

Listen for the soft music

of seeds sprouting,

worms wiggling,

rain pattering on your grassy roof.

Spend your days in a world

of unending night.

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Here are links to other poems that I’ve posted to celebrate National Poetry Month:




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Michelle has the Poetry Friday Roundup at Today’s Little Ditty.

 

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4. DAMSELFLY: An Original Poem

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Here’s another poem from my unpublished collection Docile Fossil. It’s a mask poem in which I speak in the voice of a fossilized damselfly.


Damselfly

I was trapped in time!
Enrobed in sticky resin
that hardened over the ages.
Now you see me
preserved in amber--
a perfect specimen
of the me I was
millions of years ago.
Here I will remain forever
a prisoner of the past,
my wings outspread
in a semi-precious sky.

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5. What a Pit-ty!: An Original Mask Poem





Several years ago, I embarked upon a new poetry project. I decided to write poems about fossils, dinosaurs, and other extinct animals. I spent a lot of time doing research on a number of animals—including the woolly mammoth, pterodactyl, dodo bird, Beelzebufo ampinga, megalodon, Euoplocephalus, megatherium—as well as a couple of places—the Petrified Forest and the La Brea Tar Pits. I’m kind of a science nerd—so doing the research was fun for me.

I’m offering one of my poems about the La Lrea Tar Pits from that unpublished collection titled Docile Fossil for this first Poetry Friday in National Poetry Month.

What a Pit-ty!

I’m a…
Boiling pool of gummy goo,
Bubbling pond of asphalt brew,
Black and icky pit of pitch
Not concocted by a witch.

One of my intriguing features:
The horde of hapless Ice Age creatures
That stepped into my greasy guck,
Got trapped and were forever stuck.

Horses, smilodons, and camels,
Woolly mammoths, other mammals,
Birds and mollusks…insects, too,
Stumbled into my sticky stew.

Once engulfed in my thick sludge
The helpless creatures couldn’t budge.
Now here they lie entombed in tar--
And here, preserved, their fossils are.


Find out more about the La Brea Tar Pits by clicking here.

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Amy Ludwig VanDerwater has the Poetry Friday Roundup at Poem Farm.

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6. SKY: An Original Acrostic






I’ve been away from blogging at Wild Rose Reader for far too long. There have been many changes that took place in my life during the past few years. My attention has been diverted elsewhere. I haven’t even been writing much poetry. I’ve got to get my creative juices flowing once again.

For the first day of National Poetry Month, I thought I’d post the poem SKY from an unpublished poetry collection I wrote a few years ago titled Spring into Words: A Season in Acrostics.


Suddenly Earth’s blue dome springs to life, catches careening 
Kites, fills with the face of a smiling sun, the music of
Young songbirds and geese honking homeward.

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7. UNDER THE TREE: An Original Poem







It has been many months since I last posted anything on Wild Rose Reader. I have missed the kidlitosphere--especially participating in Poetry Fridays. There has been much going on in my life...and I have had to focus on those things. Still, I couldn't let the year end without sharing a poem or two with you.

Several years ago, I began working on a collection of poems about candy. The collection takes one through the year with sweet treats. While writing the poems, I collected information on many different kinds of candy by reading books and by doing research on the Internet. I included short informational paragraphs about the candy along with the poems.

I have loved chocolate since I was little. One present that I always found stuffed in my Christmas stocking when I was a child was a small sack of chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil. How I enjoyed unwrapping them and letting the dark brown disks melt on my tongue!


UNDER THE TREE

Here’s a gift to savor…not save:
A sack of candy coins
Wrapped in gold…
Milk chocolate medallions
That melt on my tongue.
I won’t stash this sweet cash.
I’m putting this money
Where my mouth is!

  
Milk Chocolate
Milk chocolate coins wrapped in foil are given to children as Hanukkah gelt and are also often stuffed into children’s Christmas stockings. The giving of chocolate Hanukkah gelt is a European tradition, which most likely dates back to the late 18th or early 19th century. The giving of chocolate coins at Christmastime is believed by some to commemorate Saint Nicholas who gave bags of gold coins to the poor.

NOTE: It appears that my granddaughter Julia has inherited her “Gammy’s” love of chocolate!





You’ll find the Poetry Friday Roundup at The Opposite of Indifference.


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8. PUDDLE MUDDLE: An Original Poem




I apologize for announcing the winner of PUDDLE WONDERFUL two days late. We're in the process of selling our house and things are moving along quickly at this point. I've been trying to get lots of things done. I've been packing up my children's books and poetry books and cookbooks and other books and taking them to my new house and organizing them in my new built-in bookcases. It seems like an endless task. I think I'm going to have to give more of my books away!

I'm happy to announce that Linda at Teacherdance is the winner of Puddle Wonderful: Poems to Welcome Spring. Congratulations, Linda! Email me your address and I'll send the book to you.


Note to the other book winners: I apologize for not getting your books in the mail yet. I hope to do that in the next week.

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Here's one of my puddle poems for this Poetry Friday:


PUDDLE MUDDLE

I’m in the middle of a puddle…

in the middle…

in a muddle.




The puddle’s much too deep.

It spilled

into my boots.

Now they’re filled

with muddy water

to the brim.

I hope my feet

know how to swim!

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Liz Steinglass has the Poetry Friday Roundup this week. 

 

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9. TALL TALK: Two Giraffe Poems




I really enjoy writing poems about animals—especially animal mask poems. One thing I always think about is the most prominent characteristic(s) of certain animals before I decide what to say in my poems. So…when I wrote the following two poems about the giraffe, I thought about its height/long neck and proceeded from there.


GIRAFFE

Giraffe is very tall—
but has a voice so small
you never hear him
bark or roar,
sneeze or snore,
screech or howl,
grunt or growl,
caterwaul…
or ever say a word at all.

Perhaps because his head’s so high,
his sounds get lost up in the sky.


TALL TALK (A Mask Poem)

I am taller than tall.
I’m the tallest of all
The mammals that live on the land.

I can nibble the leaves                                                                        
From the tip-tops of trees
I think being tallest is grand.

My head is so high
That it touches the sky.
I can wink at the birds as they go flying by.

I can nuzzle the clouds,
Feel the first drops of rain,
Enjoy the fine view from this lofty domain.

With my head at this height
The whole world is in sight!
I think being tallest is grand.

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BOOK GIVEAWAY REMINDER
As in past years, I’ll be giving away a children’s poetry book at Wild Rose Reader every week during the month of April. If you leave a comment at one of my poetry posts during the last week and final days of National Poetry Month (April 21-30), I’ll enter your name into the drawing for a poetry book. If you leave comments at two posts, I'll enter your name twice...and so on. I’ll announce the winner of my last book giveaway on Wednesday, May 1st.

My book giveaway for the fourth week and final days ofNational Poetry Month will be Puddle Wonderful: Poems to Welcome Spring with poems selected by Bobbi Katz and illustrations by Mary 
Morgan


NOTE: Puddle Wonderful is a Random House PICTUREBACK®. It was published in 1992 and is now out of print. It includes many wonderful poems about the spring season—including works by Eve Merriam, Bobbi Katz, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Charlotte Zolotow, J. Patrick Lewis, e.e. cummings, Dennis Lee, Lilian Moore, Langston Hughes, Karla Kuskin, and John Updike. It would be a great book to share with a young child and would make an excellent addition to an elementary classroom collection.

 

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10. THINGS TO DO IF YOU ARE A BUS: An Original List Poem



So sorry that I didn’t announce the winner of David Harrison’s book COWBOYS last Sunday. We lost Internet connectivity here Sunday night. Then I left for my daughter’s house where I played fulltime nanny granny for a few days while my daughter and son-in-law went on a three-day vacation. I returned home yesterday afternoon and still had a problem connecting to the Internet. It happens here every now and again. I don't know why.

My husband and I are in the process of selling our house—so my life is a bit hectic at the moment. I spend much of my time when I’m at home emptying bookcases, drawers, and clothes closets—and also throwing away things that I will probably never need or use again. Although I plan to keep most of my children’s books, I have neighbors who have three daughters who LOVE to read so I’ve given them some of my novels /novels in verse for middle and older readers. It’s good to know those books will be read and valued.

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Today, I’m posting another of my “things to do” list poems.

THINGS TO DO IF YOU ARE A BUS

Roll along
on big black feet.
Stop and go
up and down the street.
Open your door.
Let people in.
Take your passengers
for a spin.
When you’re thirsty,
guzzle gas.
At night,
light up
your eyes of glass.

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Book Winner Announcement
I am happy to announce that Bridget R. Wilson is the winner of COWBOYS. Congratulations, Bridget! Email me your address and I’ll send the book to you.




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BOOK GIVEAWAY REMINDER
As in past years, I’ll be giving away a children’s poetry book at Wild Rose Reader every week during the month of April. If you leave a comment at one of my poetry posts during the last week and final days of National Poetry Month (April 21-30), I’ll enter your name into the drawing for a poetry book. If you leave comments at two posts, I'll enter your name twice...and so on. I’ll announce the winner of my last book giveaway on Wednesday, May 1st.

My book giveaway for the fourth week and final days of National Poetry Month will be Puddle Wonderful: Poems to Welcome Spring with poems selected by Bobbi Katz and illustrations by Mary Morgan.

NOTE: Puddle Wonderful is a Random House PICTUREBACK®. It was published in 1992 and is now out of print. It includes many wonderful poems about the spring season—including works by Eve Merriam, Bobbi Katz, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Charlotte Zolotow, J. Patrick Lewis, e.e. cummings, Dennis Lee, Lilian Moore, Langston Hughes, Karla Kuskin, and John Updike. It would be a great book to share with a young child and would make an excellent addition to an elementary classroom collection.

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Laura Purdie Salas has the Poetry Friday Roundup at Writing the World for Kids.



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11. MUD-LUSCIOUS: Poems for Spring


“Never forget that the subject is as important as your feeling; the mud puddle itself is as important as your pleasure in looking at it or splashing through it.  Never let the mud puddle get lost in the poetry –because, in many ways the mud puddle is the poetry.”Valerie Worth

e.e. cummings wrote [in Just-]a poem about spring titled in Just-. In the poem, cummings described the season as being “mud-luscious” and “puddle-wonderful.” And aren’t puddles and mud fun to play in when we’re young? I know I loved splashing in puddles and making mud pies when I was a child. I’m sure many of you did, too.

 Click here to read in Just-.
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Today, I ‘m posting some poems in celebration of mud and muddy puddles.


The Muddy Puddle
By Dennis Lee

I am sitting
In the middle
Of a rather Muddy
Puddle,
With my bottom
Full of bubbles
And my rubbers
Full of Mud,

While my jacket
And my sweater
Go on slowly
Getting wetter..

Click here to read the rest of the poem.

Haiku
By Issa

A bush warbler…
Muddy feet wiped
On the plum blossoms

MUD
By Elaine Magliaro

Messy, mushy, mucky
Ucky, oozy, wonderful wet 
Dark chocolate dirt perfect for pie making






DIRTY DOG
(A Triolet)
By Elaine Magliaro

Dirty, dirty, dirty dog!
Didn’t heed your master—NO!
Thought you’d run into the bog.
Dirty, dirty, dirty dog!

(I rant in my mad monologue.)
You frolicked where you shouldn’t go.
Dirty, dirty, dirty dog!
Didn’t heed your master—NO
!


MUD by Polly Chase Boyden



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BOOK GIVEAWAY
My book giveaway for the fourth week and final days of National Poetry Month will be Puddle Wonderful: Poems to Welcome Spring with poems selected by Bobbi Katz and illustrations by Mary Morgan. I’ll announce the winner of this book on Wednesday, May 1st.

NOTE: Puddle Wonderful is a Random House PICTUREBACK®. It was published in 1992 and is now out of print. It includes many wonderful poems about the spring season—including works by Eve Merriam, Bobbi Katz, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Charlotte Zolotow, J. Patrick Lewis, e.e. cummings, Dennis Lee, Lilian Moore, Langston Hughes, Karla Kuskin, and John Updike. It would be a great book to share with a young child and would make an excellent addition to an elementary classroom collection.



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12. Things to Do If You Are a Mountain: An Original List Poem


I’m still recuperating from the nasty respiratory bug I came down with last week. Once again, I decided to dig into my poetry files to find a poem to post today. I chose this “things to do” list poems that I wrote several years ago: 

THINGS TO DO IF YOU ARE A MOUNTAIN

Wear a snow-white cap

and a thick coat of evergreens.

Scratch your stony back with glaciers.

Tower over the tops of other mountains.

Let the sun sparkle on your summit.

Hide drowsing bears

in your deep brown pockets.

At night

poke your head above the clouds

and peek at the stars.

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Book Giveaway Reminder
My book giveaway for the third week of National Poetry Month (April 14-20) will be COWBOYS—with poems by David L. Harrisonand illustrations by Dan Burr. NOTE: I’ll announce the winner of COWBOYS on Sunday, April 21st.


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Irene Latham has the Poetry Friday Roundup at Live Your Poem…

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13. NESSIE: A Poem about the Loch Ness Monster



I know that the Loch Ness Monster is only a mythical being. Still, when my husband and I traveled through Scotland in 1972, we stayed in Inverness for a few days. We took a road trip down the western coast of the lake. Even when one knows the truth, it’s still fun to imagine that there might be a family of prehistoric creatures that dwell in that long, deep lake.


I wrote the following poem about the Loch Ness monster several years ago for my unpublished collection Docile Fossil.

Nessie

What is living in Loch Ness…
This ancient animal of lore?
A sinuous serpent?
A giant humped creature?
A prehistoric plesiosaur?

Is this fabled monster really
Lurking in the murky lake
Gliding through its chilly waters
Leaving legend in its wake?

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By Benjamin Radford
LiveScience

Though there are dozens, if not hundreds, of lake monsters around the world, one superstar marine denizen outshines them all: Nessie, the beast said to inhabit Scotland's Loch Ness.
Some say it's a myth; others say it's a living dinosaur or even a sea serpent that swam into the lake before it became landlocked. Whether real or fictional, it is what Scotland is best known for around the world (aside from whiskey, bagpipes and kilts).

Some claim that the Loch Ness monster was first reported in A.D. 565, when — according to Catholic legend — St. Columba turned away a giant beast that was threatening a man in the Ness River, which flows into the lake. However tempting it is to suggest that the encounter was a true historical record of the beast's existence, it is only one of many church myths about righteous saints vanquishing Satan in the form of serpents and dragons.

In fact, there are no reports of the beast until less than a century ago. The Loch Ness monster first achieved notoriety in 1933 after a story was published in "The Inverness Courier," a local newspaper, describing not a monstrous head or hump but instead a splashing in the water that was described as appearing to be caused "by two ducks fighting." Some suggested a more monstrous explanation; however it wasn't until the following year that Nessie shot to superstardom with the publication of a famous photograph showing a serpentine head and neck. That image, taken by a London surgeon named Kenneth Wilson, was touted for decades as the best evidence for Nessie — until it was admitted as a hoax decades later.

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Book Giveaway Reminder
My book giveaway for the third week of National Poetry Month (April 14-20) will be COWBOYS—with poems by David L. Harrisonand illustrations by Dan Burr. NOTE: I’ll announce the winner of COWBOYS on Sunday, April 21st.

 

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14. SKY: An Original Acrostic


 
Ah! It’s finally warm and sunny here today. Unfortunately, I can’t enjoy the fine weather outside because I caught a bad bug. I’ve spent a lot of time sleeping the past few days. I’ve been too tired to do much on anything—including writing new poems. So…I dug into my poetry files once again and decided to post another acrostic poem from my unpublished collection Spring into Words: A Season in Acrostics.

 

Suddenly Earth’s blue dome springs to life, catches careening 

Kites, fills with the face of a smiling sun, the music of

Young songbirds and geese honking homeward.

 
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Book Giveaway Reminder

My book giveaway for the third week of National Poetry Month (April 14-20) will be COWBOYS—with poems by David L. Harrisonand illustrations by Dan Burr. NOTE: I’ll announce the winner of COWBOYS on Sunday, April 21st.

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15. Brontosaurus of Another Name: A Poem of Address



Several years ago, I began working on Docile Fossil, collection of poems about dinosaurs, fossils, and extinct animals. I really haven't done much with the collection--except to post some of its poems on Wild Rose Reader. Here is one of the poems that I thought I'd post today...after I reworked the third stanza.


Brontosaurus of Another Name


Oh, Brontosaurus,

for years

you wandered about in my brain

on pillared legs,

the vivid image

of a long-necked beast.



Oh, Brontosaurus,

my favorite imaginary pet,

you sauntered about happily

munching on greenery

in the jungle of my mind.



Oh, Brontosaurus,

I have learned that

you are NO thunder lizard.

It really is a shame.

Apatosaurus is your name.

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From Science Kids
The Apatosaurus is also well known as the Brontosaurus. Confusion was caused when bones of the giant dinosaur were first discovered back in 1877 by Othniel Charles Marsh. After naming the new dinosaur Apatosaurus (meaning deceptive lizard), he later found a larger set of bones and incorrectly thought they were a new species which he then named Brontosaurus (meaning thunder lizard). It turns out that the second set of bones were just the adult version of the Apatosaurus.

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Have some fun reading dinosaur poems! I recommend the following books:

Dizzy Dinosaurs: Silly Dino Poems
An I Can Read Book with poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and pictures by Barry Gott.

Click here to look inside the book.


Dinothesaurus: Prehistoric Poems and Paintings,
which was written and illustrated by Douglas Florian.

Click here to look inside the book.

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Book Giveaway Reminder
My book giveaway for the third week of National Poetry Month (April 14-20) will be COWBOYS—with poems by David L. Harrisonand illustrations by Dan Burr. NOTE: I’ll announce the winner of COWBOYS on Sunday, April 21st.




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16. Second Week of National Poetry Month Book Winner

 
 
I am happy to announce that Linda at Teacherdance is the winner of Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles. Congratulations, Linda! Email me your address and I’ll send the book off to you.
 

My book giveaway for the third week of National Poetry Month will be COWBOYS—with poems by David L. Harrison and illustrations by Dan Burr.
 
Click here to look inside the book.
Free-verse cowpoke ruminations on the trail to Abilene, with paintings of long-horned dogies and grizzled riders beneath big skies.
Saddle up, pardner, leave the bunkhouse (where “[b]ugs gnaw plugs right outta your hide”) behind and look fer dusty days, freezing nights, rattlers, storms and meal after meal of beef and beans from Cookie. Harking back to cattle drives of yesteryear, Burr portrays leather-skinned figures with near-photographic realism. “You need sand in your gizzard / to wrangle wild cows, / chaps for fendin’ off thorns / or horses with a taste / for cowpoke leg.” They pose in full regalia, branding a calf, mending barbed wire, gazing up at the stars, trying desperately to stay on horseback amid a stampede, lazing around the chuck wagon, riding at last into town and ruefully bidding hard-earned wages goodbye at a poker table. Two saloon floozies at the end, a dark-skinned trailhand (“I’m on a journey of my own / figuring how it feels / to be free”) and a spirited filly in blue jeans left back at the ranch to fulminate are the only ones here who aren’t typecast Marlboro Men.
So git along, there, anyone with a mind to share cowboy dreams in romanticized, Old West style. (afterword) (Poetry. 10-12)


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17. Rhyming Acrostics


I’ve written lots of acrostics over the years. Sometimes, I experiment with writing them as rhyming poems. Here is a selection of my rhyming acrostics:  


Fiery flowers bloom
 
In the night:
Roses, carnations…chrysanthemums, too,
Emerald green, red,
White, and blue. Silvery fountains spill
Out of the sky.
Rockets of gold sizzle and sigh.
Kaleidoscope colors cascading in space,
Showering glitter all over the place.


Cans of people,
Automobiles
Roaring down roads on
Silver-capped wheels.

 
Claw-handed critter
Races sideways, skitters
Across the sea-washed land…
Beachcombing in the sand.

 

Words
Hushed
In soft velvet
Sounds
Patter into your
Ear
Revealing deep secrets that no one
Should hear.

 

Changes suits to suit
His locus. Abracadabra! Hocus-pocus! He’s
A clever
Master of disguise…a trickster who can fool the
Eyes! This
Lizard with a fashion flair takes his wardrobe
Everywhere. Predators don’t stop
Or stare.
No one even knows he’s there.

 

Silent sidekick, shape shifter who
Hides in the darkness…
Acopycat mimicking everything you
Do. Sunny day playmate frolics in the light.
Oh, where, oh,
Where does it go at night?

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Book Giveaway Reminder
My poetry book giveaway for the second week of National Poetry Month (April 7-13) will be Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles—which was written by J. Patrick Lewisand illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. (NOTE: I’ll announce the winner of Spot the Plot on Sunday, April 14th.)
 



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18. A Spring Poem...Two Ways

 
I’ve been so busy lately with old home/new home situation that I have found little time to write poetry. In fact, I lack poetic inspiration these days because my mind has been preoccupied with other things—including a death in the family this week. That’s why I dug through my poetry files this morning to find a poem to post. Here’s an old acrostic of mine that I selected for this Poetry Friday.

 
Melting snow, mellower days,
A brighter sun with warming rays,
Robins
Chirping. Beat the drum.
Hallelujah! Spring has come!


I know I'm a month late for posting a poem about the month of March...so I'll change it from an acrostic about March to a quatrain about Spring!


Melting snow, mellower days,
A brighter sun with warming rays,
Robins chirping. Beat the drum.
Hallelujah! Spring has come!

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Book Giveaway Reminder
My poetry book giveaway for the second week of National Poetry Month (April 7-13) will be Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles—which was written by J. Patrick Lewis and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. (NOTE: I’ll announce the winner of Spot the Plot on Sunday, April 14th.)

 


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Diane has the Poetry Friday Roundup at Random Noodling.

 

 

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20. SUN: An Original List Poem





A couple of weeks ago, I posted some pictures of the built-in bookcases that we had installed at our new home. I’ve already begun filling the shelves—even though we haven’t moved yet.


Julia likes to visit my “library,” look at all the pictures books, pull books off the shelves and “read” them. Sometimes, she insists on taking one of the books back over to her side of the house.  

(BTW, we're planning to have another built-in bookcase made for our upstairs hallway. One can never have too many bookcases!)

I often grab my “gram cam” to snap pictures of Julia reading books.

Julia reading Miss Mary Mack.

Julia reading Merry Christmas, Ollie!

One of Julia’s new favorites isn’t a picture book. It’s Grace Lin’s Dumpling Days. One night last week, she refused to go to bed without the book. On Wednesday afternoon, she sat on the floor of the family room quietly flipping through the pages and looking at the illustrations/sketches that Grace included in her novel. That night, her dad told me she chose Dumpling Days over her favorite stuffed animal when he put her to sleep.

 

Julia reading Dumpling Days yesterday:




 

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My life has been so busy lately that I don’t find much time to write poetry. I did compose the following a list poem in my head this week. I consider it a companion poem to the one I wrote about night last fall.


Sun 
rises in the eastern sky,
melts the stars 
and bids goodbye
to darkness, night, 
and lights the way
for arrival of a brand new day.

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Tabathahas the Poetry Friday Roundup is at The Opposite of Indifference.



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21. Dare to Dream…Change the World: A Poetry Contest for Kids


 

Back in 2011, I wrote a blog post about, Dare to Dream…Change the World, a poetry anthology that was to be published in the fall of 2012. The book was edited by Jill Corcoran and published by Kane Miller.
Here is Jill’s description of Dare to Dream from the book’s website:
Dare to Dream … Change the World pairs biographical and inspirational poems focusing on people who invented something, stood for something, said something, who defied the naysayers and not only changed their own lives, but the lives of people all over the world.
Janet Wong and I “paired” to write poems about the experience of an older woman who had contracted polio when she was young and Dr. Jonas Salk, respectively. I chose Salk as my subject because I remember how frightened parents were back in the 1950s that their children might contract the dread disease—one that had crippled so many. Highly infectious, poliomyelitis—also known as infantile paralysis—chiefly affected children.
Jonas Salk changed the world for me and millions of others when he developed a polio vaccine that was both safe and effective.
The Dare to Dream anthology also includes poems about other well-known "dreamers"--including Temple Grandin, Anne Frank, Ashley Bryan, Georgia O'Keefe, Christa McAuliffe, and Steven Spielberg.
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Last Tuesday, Jill announced The Dare to Dream…Change the World Annual Writing Contest for Students. Here is an excerpt from her announcement:

BREAKING NEWS!

The Dare to Dream ... Change the World 
Annual Writing Contest 
for students grades three to eight will launch January 25th!  

Grand prize winner receives $1500 worth
of Kane Miller and Usborne books
for a library of their choice
+
the top 30 poets will be published by Kane Miller Books 
in a free e-book!

You can find out more about the writing contest at Jill’s blog or at the Dare to Dream website.

 

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22. First Week of National Poetry Month Book Winner






I am happy to announce that the winner of Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word is Charles Waters.

Congratulations, Charles! Email me your address and I’ll send the book off to you.

My poetry book giveaway for the second week of National Poetry Month (April 7-13) will be Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles—which was written by J. Patrick Lewis and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. This is a most enjoyable book of verses that challenge readers to name the book that is described in each riddle. (NOTE: I’ll announce the winner of Spot the Plot on Sunday, April 14th.)



Here is one selection from the book. I know you’ll all be able to “name the book.” It’s one of my granddaughter Julia’s favorites.

There is a book

I know you know—

the perfect bedtime

book, although



the rabbit who

has gone to bed

can’t fall asleep

until she’s said



to many of

her closest friends,

Goodnight. Goodnight….

And so it ends.

And here is the shortest riddle in the book of book riddles:


Click here to listen to J. Patrick Lewis read three riddles from Spot the Plot.


Click here to look inside the book.

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Recommendation: If you like Spot the Plot, I’m sure you’ll enjoy challenging yourself with the adult book riddles in Maurice Sagoff’s ShrinkLits: Seventy of the World’s Classics Cut Down to Size.



Click here to look inside the book.

Here is Sagoff’s "shrunken" version of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment from the book:

Up-tight student
Axes pair.
Fearful, with the
Cops aware.
Yet vainglorious,
He won't chicken
Till by saintly
Sonia stricken;
Then confession,
Trial and sentence:
Eight Siberian years.
Repentance
Floods his spirit,
Hang-ups cease,
She will join him
Seeking peace. . .
In that bleak
Siberian hovel,
Watch him, Sonia,
With that shovel.

 




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23. POETRY—How Sweet It Is!



Last Monday, I posted poems about spring flowers—and noted how nice it is to see their bright colors in the garden after winter gives way to spring. Today, I thought I’d post three original poems about some colorful candies that bring bright tastes to our tongues


SWEET SHOWERS

April showers
Bring May flowers--
But
Showers of lemon drops
Help grow my lollipops.



 
JELLYBEANS

Jelly
Jelly
Jellybean
Lemon, lime, and tangerine
Cherry, orange, wintergreen
Grape, vanilla, licorice
Any flavor that I wish
Sitting in my candy dish
Every color looks delish!
 
 

 
GUMMI WORMS

Gummi worms
Yummy worms
Wiggle in my tummy worms.
Jellied jigglers in my mouth—
I take three bites.
They’re heading south.
Yummy worms
Gummi worms
Wriggle in my tummy worms.
Gooey chewy
Dandy worms
How I love these
Candy worms!


 
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REMINDER

Book Giveaway
As in past years, I’ll be giving away a children’s poetry book at Wild Rose Reader every week during the month of April. If you leave a comment at one of my poetry posts this week (April 1-6), I’ll enter your name into the drawing for a poetry book. If you leave comments at two posts, I'll enter your name twice...and so on. I’ll announce the winner of this week’s giveaway on Sunday, April 7th.

This week’s prize from Wild Rose Reader will be a copy of
Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word, which was written by Bob Raczka and illustrated by Nancy Doniger.
 
 
 

 

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24. HIBERNATION: An Original Acrostic Poem


 


As I’ve noted many times before on Wild Rose Reader—I LOVE writing animal mask poems. A couple of years ago, I wrote a collection of acrostic poems about spring. The following acrostic, HIBERNATION, from that collection is also a mask poem. I wrote it in the voice of a mother bear.


How long have
I slept? How long has it
Been since I’ve
Eaten? I hear the river running again. I must
Rouse my cubs from their slumber
Now…open their eyes to the wonders of spring,
Awaken them to a new life. It is
Time to take my children out
Into the sunlight,
Out into a brighter world they’ve
Never known.

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REMINDER
Book Giveaway
As in past years, I’ll be giving away a children’s poetry book at Wild Rose Reader every week during the month of April. If you leave a comment at one of my poetry posts this week (April 1-6), I’ll enter your name into the drawing for a poetry book. If you leave comments at two posts, I'll enter your name twice...and so on. I’ll announce the winner of this week’s giveaway on Sunday, April 7th.

This week’s prize from Wild Rose Reader will be a copy of Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word, which was written by Bob Raczka and illustrated by Nancy Doniger.

 


Here’s the link to my April 1st post: SpringSings…with Poetry!

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The Poetry Friday Roundup can be found at Life on the Deckle Edge.

 

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25. Spring Sings…with Poetry!



Sorry that I have been away from blogging for so long! I’ve missed being a part of the children’s literature community. Sometimes we have to step away from things we enjoy doing in order to tend to other important things in our lives.

The past two months have brought both good things and challenges into my life. The illness of a close family member was a major concern for me. While providing daycare for my granddaughter Julia, finishing renovations on our new home, moving my books and other belongings from our current home to our new place, I was also helping to care for that close family member—who, I am happy to say, is well again. 

I couldn’t let the first day of National Poetry Month slip by without posting on Wild Rose Reader. We had a long winter up here in Massachusetts—which included a series of storms that dropped quite a bit of snow on the ground. March is always a brown month around these parts. I did see crocuses poking through the soil in my daughter’s garden last week. Yesterday, I received a gift of tulips. The plants and decorated Easter eggs got me to thinking about flowers and the joyous color they bring as winter gives way to spring. I decided to post a number of my spring flower poems for you to celebrate the beginning of National Poetry Month.

NOTE: As in past years, I’ll be giving away poetry books away again this year. See the details  of my poetry book giveaway at the bottom of this post.

SPRING FLOWER POEMS




Coming up, I’m coming up,
Reaching through the softening soil, poking my petals
Out of the earth,
Collecting sunlight in my purple cup.
Up, I’m coming up.
Spring is on the way!


Look! A starting line
of crocuses ready
to sprint into spring


Crocuses
pierce the softening
soil, push up
purple periscopes,
search for spring’s warm face.


SPRING SINGS
Spring sings with yellow—
Daffodils trumpet the color in a world growing green
Forsythia bushes explode into golden clouds
Dandelions light our lawn like little suns
Daisies flaunt their pollen-powdered faces…
Everywhere I look
Yellow is singing out its bright song.



Daffodils…
dipped in sunlight,
dusted with gold—
brassy blossoms
trumpeting their color
in April gardens
 



FORSYTHIAS
One morning
they unexpectedly
burst into bloom
and sprouted gold.
April used her Midas touch
and turned a gray day
into a surprise celebration
for spring.



FORSYTHIA
Sun rubs resting earth
With warm yellow hands…coaxes
Forth petals of gold


TULIP
Poked its pink head up
looking for spring,
stood watching while clouds passed by,
waited till warm yellow rays
showered down...
then lapped up sunlight
with its silky tongues.


Win a Poetry Book!
Every week during April, I’ll be giving away a children’s poetry book at Wild Rose Reader. If you leave a comment at one of my poetry posts this week (April 1-6), I’ll enter your name in the drawing for a poetry book. If you leave comments at two posts, I'll enter your name twice...and so on. I’ll announce the winner of this week’s giveaway on Sunday, April 7th.

This week’s prize from Wild Rose Reader will be a copy of Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word, which was written by Bob Raczka and illustrated by Nancy Doniger.








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