Friday, November 03, 2006

Poetry Friday: Cat Edition

This week's Poetry Friday edition honors our poor cat, Norbert.

It's winter now, or at least it feels like winter--cold, dry, and dark.

I'd never noticed before this year, but Norbert suffers from SAD.* Usually he's racing about, knocking things off bookcases and ripping paper to shreds. Lately, though, on cold days he just sleeps and sleeps.

So, for Norbert, here's Elanor Farjeon's "Cats' (from The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems):


Cats sleep
Any table,
Any chair,
Top of piano,
In the middle,
On the edge,
Open drawer,
Empty shoe,
Lap will do.
Fitted in a
Cardboard box,
In a cupboard
With your frocks--
They don't care!
Cats sleep


*Seasonal Affective Disorder


Here's the weekly roundup:

Dawn at By Sun and Candlelight celebrates the first frost with John Greenleaf Whittier and "The Frost Spirit." (She also has lesson plans on frost.)

Elaine Magliaro reviews three books of poetry for children by Joyce Sidman at Blue Rose Girls.

Susan Taylor Brown goes for the laughs with John Bannister Tabb's "Frog-Making." (Susan Writes)

Karen pretends it's still autumn with Jean S. Platt's "Children in Autumn" at Lighting the Fires.

Kelly Fineman shares Anne Sexton's "Cinderella" and some background information on the poem at Writing and Ruminating.

Michele of Scholar's Blog devotes November to remembrance of the Battle of the Somme and begins her four-part series with two poems by Siegfried Sassoon.

Nancy of Journey Woman quotes from Robert Browning's "Porphyria's Lover".

Little Willow shares the wonderful "Playthings of the World: Pencils," by Carl Sandburg, at Bildungsroman/Slayground.

Liz B. share an original, titled "Fever," at A Chair, a Fireplace and a Tea Cozy.

Gregory K. waxes Fib poetic about hockey with "Getting Ready." (At GottaBook)

Adrienne appreciates "Godzilla Pooped on My Honda," by Adam Rex, at What Adrienne Thinks About That.

Jules reviews Roni Schotter's excellent The Boy Who Loved Words (ill. by Giselle Potter) at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.

Susan at Chicken Spaghetti reviews J. Patrick Lewis' Blackbeard, the Pirate King, a story told in 12 poems.

Becky shares "Rhyme of November Stars," by Sara Teasdale, at Farm School.

Franki congratulates Nikki Grimes and and shares one of her poems at A Year of Reading.

Oh, man! Winter is definitely here. Jone shares Jane Yolen's "Storm Bringer" at Check it Out. And, Wendy reviews Winter Poems, selected by Barbara Rogasky and illustrated by Trina Schart, at Blog from the Windowsill.