Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome, everyone! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
This month, our Poetry Princess challenge was limericks around the theme of birds and bees. Take that them any way you like;>) This was Tanita’s pick, and I was so glad she picked something short and fast, as I have been teaching at Young Authors Conference all this week, and I wrote these in my classroom between sessions on Wednesday. This picture of my dad’s gladiolas really goes with the Twitter Outage limerick below. He has been on a gardening tear lately, both as a tribute to my mom, who died in 2016, and also to try to coax some of the birds she loved back into the yard.
Scarlet in Late Snow
With a flutter and flurry of wing,
Cardinal announces, “Spring!”
He’s the hopeful red heart—
a flash of fresh start.
Even nature appreciates bling.
Dance with Bee… [He wants to sip your pollen, can’t you see…]
When the honeybee enters its hive,
he jitterbugs, then does a jive.
His honeybee dance
is a map to the plants
whose nectar will keep bees alive.
(coming up on two years after my mom’s death)
It’s hollow and quiet at dawn.
No birds congregate on the lawn.
There’s nothing they need.
No welcome. No seed.
It’s emptier now with Mom gone.
–all poems © Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved
I know you’ll enjoy the fun and silliness of more limericks with my Poetry Sisters! I didn’t participate last month, as I was out of the country. I missed it! (These links are correct but won’t work until their posts go live, so if one doesn’t work, try back later today:>)
Click here to see all our previous Poetry Princesses collaborations.
And don’t forget to check out the Poetry Friday Roundup with Buffy Silverman at Buffy’s Blog. I always love her sciencey, naturey poems!