Hello and happy Poetry Friday! Today's poem is below.
OUT AND ABOUT ~
I'm off to accept the Sydney Taylor Gold Medal for Younger Readers given by the Association of Jewish Libraries at their annual international convention.
I'll be giving a presentation the morning of July 6th as part of the session called "Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Jewish Book". The friendly organizers told me that they open this session with a presentation by the author of the award winner for younger readers--moi!there
That evening there's a terrific awards banquet. I know it's terrific because I attended last year--the AJL convention was in Chicago right before ALA.
My speech will be five minutes long. Five minutes, an hour--I seem to sweat about the same amount!
So of course I've been thinking about this speech.
by April Halprin Wayland
In six days
I will speak to two hundred Jewish librarians
and seven of my relatives
for five minutes.
I will thank the librarians—all librarians.
I will thank my relatives—all of my relatives.
I will thank my wonderful illustrator
in Montreal with his 82-year-old father
I will not tap dance like Shirley Temple
or sing “My Grandfather’s Clock”
or put on a dinosaur mask.
I probably won’t even buy a sparkly new dress that makes me look thin and sexy.
Here is what I would like to do:
look up at the ceiling.
Take a deep breath.
unbutton my chest
then gently lift out my heart
and place it on the podium
to share with these golden people in this banquet hall
as they finish their chocolate raspberry truffles.
TeachingAuthors are on vacation until July 19th. We'll miss you and hope you miss us, too!
So--what about your own writing? Why not drop a writing pad in your purse or backpack and listen/look/smell/ be mindful for moments of inspiration.
Write one paragraph or a poem a day
about anything in the entire galaxy,
just for you,
just to keep your hand in it,
just for the joy of writing.
Have a fabulous Fourth and a great Bastille Day--and remember to breathe.
A perfect summer afternoon:
poem and drawing (c) April Halprin Wayland