Poetry Friday: A Celebration, A Skinny Poem, and a Special Event

First of all, a special congratulations to Mary Lee Hahn on her retirement. In addition to being a poet, teacher, and all around special person, Mary Lee is a fellow Stenhouse author. Her blog with Franki Sibberson, A Year of Reading, was one of the first blogs I followed many years ago. Best wishes, Mary Lee!

This week I was introduced to a new poetry form thanks to Margaret Simon – the skinny. You can read more about it and see Margaret’s example here. So, this morning I took my coffee outside to the patio. I listened to the birds, the passing traffic, and the gently blowing wind. I thought about trees and the forces of nature and how they communicate, and that led me to this skinny:

Secrets

Trees whisper in the wind
secret
wishes
wants
wonders
secret
stories
spread
as
secrets
wind-whisper in the trees.

I was excited to learn this week that the Highlights Foundation is opening up for some in-person workshops in the fall, one of which is The Craft and Heart of Writing Poetry for Children with Georgia Heard, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Rebecca Davis, and Janet Wong. With a lineup like that, I know it will be fabulous! Definitely something to look forward to in September. Want to join me?

Christie Wyman has the Poetry Friday round-up this week, so head over to Wondering and Wandering for more poems and celebrations. Happy Birthday, Christie!

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14 Responses to Poetry Friday: A Celebration, A Skinny Poem, and a Special Event

  1. margaretsmn says:

    I like how you turned the trick of changing the form of the repeated word. Lovely skinny. Trees fascinate me, too. I would love to go to Highlights someday in person. For me, it means air travel and taking off of school which I can’t afford to do. Maybe when I retire…

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  2. Irene Latham says:

    So great that you’re going to Highlights! “Secrets” is a great topic and word to use in a skinny!

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  3. Denise Krebs says:

    Oh, the wind does whisper throughout your poem with all those /s/ and /w/ sounds. Lovely! I like the rewording of the last line to:
    “wind-whisper in the trees.”

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  4. lindabaie says:

    I’m still considering the Highlights with Georgia & Rebecca, but wish you a wonderful time, Rose. I’ve been with them twice & it is a wonderful time. I love all things about trees & your skinny gives a special meaning to my morning today, wind whispering from the trees!

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  5. katswhiskers says:

    Lovely skinny. Nailed it with that last line. And I definitely want to join you… But alas, cannot. But, wow! Great mentors!! Enjoy the inspiration and learning.

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  6. LINDA MITCHELL says:

    Rose, this a dreamy skinny! Love how each of your words leads to the next. I so enjoy writing alongside you.

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  7. haitiruth says:

    I love your poem – lots of great w and s sounds! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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  8. cvarsalona says:

    Rose, your last line is twisted so beautifully that it makes such a good ending.

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  9. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says:

    Rose, you’ve managed to capture those ethereal whisperings! I think the trees and the breeze must be planning something very special indeed.

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  10. bmagee10 says:

    Your ‘skinny’ poem is fat with resonance, Rose. 🙂

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  11. maryleehahn says:

    Thank you for your kind wishes! I SO wanted to go to the Highlights workshop. It was to be my retirement gift to myself. But they changed the date from October to September on the very weekend of the Casting for Recovery retreat. ALAS! Maybe you’ll come back in 2022 with Jone and me?

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