Happy Poetry Friday! I’m sharing a poem today from one of my favorite poets, Joyce Sidman. Her new book, What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms & Blessings (Houghton Mifflin, 2013)?is a treasure from front to back. There’s so much beauty inside of it, equally from Joyce’s words and Pamela Zagarenski’s stunning illustrations. There are Chants & Charms (to bolster courage and guard against evil), Spells & Invocations (to cause something to happen), Laments & Remembrances (to remember, regret, or grieve), and Praise Songs & Blessings (to celebrate, thank or express love)–all packed into a deliciously small trim size (compared to her other collections).
And here’s one of my favorites: “Sleep Charm.”?I chose it not only for its beauty, but also as a wish or blessing for my several family members who have insomnia issues!
This bed is the perfect bed.
Sink into its healing
cheek against cool pillow-white.
Forget anything you ever wanted,
hoped, or feared.
One by one, those cares will drop
from you like stones
into deep water.
Slip from your dayskin
and swim, shimmering,
into the dream beyond the dream.
The world will wait for you
through all its dark and absent hours,
and the creatures of the night
will sing your name.
–Joyce Sidman, all rights reserved
And here’s my audio clip of me reading the poem, with (hi, teachers!) an invitation to write your own poem at the end.?
I’m blessed to be in a crit group with Joyce, and one of our traditions is celebrating new books or awards or any kind of writing triumph with a plastic tiara bearing a #1 Author label that we force the “lucky” recipient to wear while we cheer her on and take pictures. So this is what our last meeting looked like:>)
Diane Mayr, wonderful?poet, librarian, and prolific poster over at Random Noodling (and more) has the Poetry Friday Roundup–enjoy!