Poetry Friday: Around the Block

Later this month my grandson will celebrate his third birthday, so I’ve been working on his poem. I got the idea of writing a poem for each of my grandchildren’s birthdays from a friend who has been writing poems for her grandchildren for years. I think about something special that we did together, or something I noticed about them, or really anything that might have meaning in years to come. This year the pandemic has kept us apart more than we’ve been together, and on those special times when we do get together we are limited in our activities. But one thing we always do is take a walk. Alex loves to be outside and explore nature. He delights in showing us his neighborhood and the things he has discovered, and he is fascinated by drains. So today I’m sharing the poem I wrote for Alex’s third birthday.

Around the Block

Let’s take a walk
around the block
and see what we can see.

Pick up a stick,
a bloom,
a stone –
a treasure to take home.

Wonder what’s
inside that drain –
or mud,
or bugs?

Take my hand
and we will learn
you and me.

Buffy Silverman has today’s Poetry Roundup here where you can find a fabulous interview with Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell, plus a chance to win a copy of Hop To It: Poems to Get You Moving. As always, there will be links to lots and lots of wonderful poems.

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14 Responses to Poetry Friday: Around the Block

  1. katswhiskers says:

    What a lovely tradition, Rose. And a precious poem.


  2. Mitchell Linda says:

    I love the whole idea and presentation of the poem. What a lucky little boy. I so enjoyed your poem shared in Buffy’s post. I think my middle schoolers will like it…even if they might say it’s for younger kids. They are funny. These days they seem to be responding to “younger” things. I wonder if it has to do with being home so much.

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  3. What a lovely tradition to share personal poems with your grandchildren, Rose. And I share your grandson’s fascination with drains…what IS down there? 🙂

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  4. This poem took me back to when my older kid was three and fascinated by sticks, leaves, and storm drains! The neighborhood kids would pretend to make soup in the drain. What a wonderful gift to share with your grandson!

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  5. Liz Steinglass says:

    So lovely! yes, what a wonderful tradition. We got our kids birthday books and wrote in them every year. Now that they are older they really value them and look forward to them.

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  6. lindabaie says:

    Really sweet, Rose. I’ve written poems for my grandchildren, too. I love that you included his favorite things, including drains!

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  7. haitiruth says:

    That’s sweet! I’ve been writing birthday poems for a few people for a while, too. Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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  8. janicescully says:

    Such a sweet poem, about exploring. “Take my hand/ and we will learn together.” I’m sure your family will treasure it.

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  9. cvarsalona says:

    Rose, I am glad that I finally got to your blog post because you shared a wonderful tradition that I would like to start with my little ones. It is wonderful to share nature and learning with our grandchildren. Have a lovely holiday season.

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  10. What a wonderful tradition, and you capture the playful and curious spirit of discovering together!

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