It is SO cold in Smalltown with no prospects of getting any warmer in the 5-day forecast. The windchill factor this morning was -21 degrees. I don't even know what that means except that it's too cold to leave the house. Oh, and we have the flu here too.
Today's entry, then, is a fantasy one: Sunflakes, by Frank Asch. Here are the few few lines:
by Frank Asch
If sunlight fell like snowflakes,
gleaming yellow and so bright,
we could build a sunman,
we could have a sunball fight,
We could go sleighing
in the middle of July
To read the rest of the poem (under copyright protection) head over to Poetry Foundation.org.
Let the roundup begin:
Check this out! It's awesome: MsMac, of the appropriately-titled Check It Out, shares student collaborative poetry as well as a link to her students' new blog.
The Old Coot shares some mnemonic poetry this week. (Thanks, Coot! Very interesting.)
Nancy at Journey Woman shares some groundhog day poetry as well as tons of info on that nefarious rodent. Becky at Farm School calls this year's bunch of groundhogs "nothing but a bunch of liars" and quotes from "To the ground hog," by Kay Winter.
Elaine reviews To Go Singing Through the World: The Childhood of Pablo Neruda at Blue Rose Girls. (Sounds like a great book, Elaine!)
Adrienne considers all those illustrated versions of "Paul Revere's Ride" over at What Adrienne Thinks About That. (It's a fascinating post.)
Mitali Perkins celebrates Black History month with Alice Walker at The Fire Escape. (She also asks for a short post on copyright and blogging. Susan, didn't you write about this once?
Speaking of Susan, she shares Walt Whitman's "I Saw in Louisiana a Live-Oak Growing" at Chicken Spaghetti.
Jules has a great post up today at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast reviewing Mother Goose collections.
Susan Taylor Brown celebrates buying a house with "Home Sweet Home," by John Howard Payne
The Wordy Girls are in with two contributions: Laura Purdie Salas reviews When Riddles Come Rumbling: Poems to Ponder, by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, and the Wordy Girls share their PhotoPoetry. Awesome!
Hey, MotherReader is in this week! She shares Shel Silverstein's "A Snowball's Chance" and a story every parent knows and will appreciate.
Christine contribtues "London Snow," by Robert Bridges, at The Simple and the Ordinary. Sick of winter seems to be a theme this week.
Liz Scanlon reviews Basho and the Fox, by Tim Myers and illustrated by Oki S. Han, at Liz in Ink. I want this book now, Liz. Thanks a lot!
Michele at Scholar's blog contributes excerpts from Alfred Lord Tennyson's "In Memoriam A. H. H. OBIIT MDCCCXXXIII."
Little Willow shares Thomas Hardy's magnificent "Old Furniture" at Bildungsroman. If you don't know this one, head on over and read it.
Melissa Wiley contributes John Keats "On the Sonnet" at Here in the Bonny Glen.
Liz B. brings "Quilts," by Nikki Giovanni, to the party at A Chair, a Fireplace and a Tea Cozy.
Franki reviews Call Me Marianne, by Jen Bryant, at A Year of Reading.
Cloudscome celebrates Langston Hughes' birthday over at A Wrung Sponge.