Poetry Month


By Kirsti Call

I’ve always loved poetry.  Robert Frost’s STOPPING BY THE WOODS ON A SNOWY EVENING and Emily Dickinson’s I’M NOBODY are permanently seared into my memory from childhood recitations.  My first published poem in the elementary school newsletter still makes me smile: “…he howled and yowled all through the town, which made the sheriff frown.  And that is why my dog’s in jail and that’s the end of my tale”.  


I still memorize poetry with my children.  We can recite IF and DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT and O CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN.  I read  Jane Yolen’s poems daily. If you sign up here, one of her phenomenal poems will come to your inbox every day. But until recently, I hadn’t written poetry for about 20 years.  I just finished taking Renee LaTulip’s Lyrical Language Lab.  (Thanks Kidlit411 for the amazing prize!)  What a wonderful way to get me writing poetry again!  I’d forgotten how much fun it is to puzzle out a meter and rhyme!  This month I’m also participating in Angie Karcher’s Rhyming Picture Book Month challenge.  Every day I read 2 rhyming picture books and a blog post about writing rhyme well.  I love the idea of a full month of focusing on the power of poetry!  

Here’s a poem triggered by an assignment from Renee.

Daddy Long Legs

I see your shadow–

Eight angled knees looming over my journal–

An anorexic octopus sans ink.


Delicate as a bird’s wings–

Ravenous for my words,

The things of my heart…


But I wonder about you–

A spider, confider, an object of beauty…

A creature unruly, unchecked by your duty.


I’m grateful for poetry and here’s my challenge for you:  Take a moment to read or write a poem this month.

What is your favorite poem?  Please share your favorite or share something that you’ve written this month in celebration of poetry!


    1. Yay! That’s the plan. Your class really inspired me to think about poetry in a different way. I really enjoyed learning the mechanics and now instead of just writing what sounds good, I understand meter etc. so much better!


  1. Great post, Kirsti. I am a poetry nut, and say YEA to the ones named here. I liked the word play of your spider poems, too. I have many, many favorites, depending on the day, but when asked my favorite, I usually reply, “Ulysses by Tennyson”–to seek, to strive, to find, and not to yield. You can find some of my poems on my blog, Read, Learn, and Be Happy.

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  2. Your poem is lovely.
    I too love Robert Frost. Also a few lines in Edna St, Vincent Millay’s…
    All I could see from where I stood
    Was three long mountains and a wood;
    I turned and looked the other way,
    And saw three islands in a bay.
    So with my eyes I traced the line 5
    Of the horizon, thin and fine,

    The poem is longgggg but these lines are so easy for me to “see” in Camden, ME.

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  3. Thanks for the shout out Kirsti! I love your poem and am so glad you are writing poetry again and participating in RhyPiBoMo this year! I’m sure Renee’s class was quite an inspiration too!


    1. Yes! Renee’s class is phenomenal, and so is your challenge!!! Thanks for all your hard work putting it together. I’ve got my one manuscript in rhyme and I’m thinking I’ll do more after learning so much this month!


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