OK, this post is not all about me, but I have to share my fantastic poetry news: BookSpeak! Poems About Books is on NCTE’s Notables list for 2012! I am so excited! Mary Lee at a Year in Reading shared the list Thursday. Lots of terrific poetry on it, which makes me so happy!
And now, back to our regularly scheduled post:>)
Last week, I shared one of Jane Yolen’s poems?from?Take Two! A Celebration of Twins (Candlewick, 2012), by Pat Lewis and Jane Yolen. A book about twins deserves double entries, don’t you think? Plus, I wanted to share one of Pat’s poems, too. I absolutely love the dark humor of this one:
Fair Is Fair!
What separates my twin and me,
Born twenty minutes apart,
Is that he’s always first because
Of his unfair head start.
He’s first to hog the bathroom
Every morning. And at dinner,
He gets the biggest helping,
Which is why I’m so much thinner.
I thought I won the marathon.
At last! Glory was mine!
Until I saw my brother–yawning!–
At the finish line.
But one day fate will finally turn–
I won’t be sad, bereft–
He’ll bite the dust, which means I must
Have twenty minutes left.
–J. Patrick Lewis, all rights reserved
Myra at Gathering Books has the Poetry Friday Roundup today!