Friday, February 28, 2014

A Poetry Kind of Day

Before  I get to poetry, I just wanted to take a second to say thanks to everyone who stops by and checks in with us here on the blog. Today is my 200th post! That's amazing to me! To those of you who support me here and in every other way, Thank You! I appreciate you!




We read poems today during lunch.

I never fail to be amazed at how much kids love poems, even when they don't really understand them. But my kids often surprise me at how much they do understand without much explanation. 

No doubt it has so much to do with the flown and rhythm. It often evokes calmness. Reminders to slow down and notice things. Which is what childhood is supposed to be like to begin with.

We have a variety of poetry collections and every few weeks or so we have a few days of reading them aloud together. I usually read while the kids eat or draw or paint. It's a nice little lagoon of peace amid all our usual busy.

This was my favorite today:

BARTER
Sara Teasdale

Life has loveliness to sell,
   All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
    Soaring fire that sways and sings,
And children's faces looking up
Holding wonder like a cup.

Life has loveliness to sell,
    Music like a curve of gold,
Scent of pine trees in the rain,
    Eyes that love you, arms that hold,
And for your spirit's delight,
Holy thoughts that star the night.

Spend all you. Have for loveliness,
    Buy it and never count the cost,
For one white singing hour of peace
    Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstasy
Give all you have been, or could be.
 
There was a little while today when the kids were content. The house was quiet, despite us all being home. The sunshine through the windows made the house light, but the floor still felt cool because of the chill outside. A friend happened by during that short while, and even commented on how quiet everything was. 

I bought that loveliness today. I breathed it in, and let it sweep over me like a perfect breeze. 

Life really does have ''loveliness to sell".

2 comments:

  1. Wow! 200.
    I don't read many blogs, but
    have enjoyed reading all your posts.

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  2. I have also, like many others enjoyed reading your blog :) You bring an intelligent and humorous spin on the day to day troubles that load down a Mom and a family. I look forward to reading your 1000th post soon.

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