Well...how was your Poetry Month? We TeachingAuthors celebrated our 7th (!) Blogiversary (with a book giveaway--details in that link).
Mine was a blur of activity because my new Passover picture book came out, I'm teaching this quarter, and there were a gazillion other things I was going to tell you but that I can't actually remember right now. But they were important. And they were right here a minute ago...
|Photo of me from Morguefile.com|
Although Poem in Your Pocket Day was officially April 21st this year, I'm offering one more to close out this delicious month.
I was looking through bird poems I've written, and this one made me want to tap dance. And I am not a tap dancer.
So here's my tap dancing thank you to every bird in the Kidlitosphere-and-beyond who've splashed into this poetry pond intending to stay only a minute or two...and who have now built cheerful homes here.
A Kidlitosphere Poetry Friday selfie
by April Halprin Wayland
There's a sound crows make when they gather in a crowd.
It's a woody kind of note and it's not very loud
like knuckles that are rapping on the front porch door
or a tap dancer tapping on the cracked dance floor.
When one crow makes it, the whole crowd stops.
I wonder what it means, this woodland knock?
There's a hawk in the clouds? There's a hunter on the ground?
I watch them and I practice, teach my tongue to make that sound.
Listen—I can do it! Now my mouth knows how to knock.I'm a smooth feathered bird-- I can talk crow talk.
poem (c) 2016 by April Halprin Wayland. All rights reserved.
This is actually true: I know one word in crow.
And another thing that's true: you still have time to enter TeachingAuthor's 7th Blogiversary Giveaway to win the newest edition of Carmela Martino's new edition of Rosa, Sola (which got a starred review in BookList)! Read all about it and enter our giveaway here.
Thank you for hosting PF today, Buffy!
posted by April Halprin Wayland, tick-tock-clocking with her tongue