Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and Happy Poetry Friday! (You probably know what St. Paddy’s Day is, but if you’re wondering what Poetry Friday is, click here.)
I’m wrapping up a week of Moon pictures, celebrating my If You Were the Moon launch party, which is happening at the very moment this is going live!
My husband Randy always has wonderful shirts made from the lovely art of my picture books. Here’s the wonderful creation from Jaime Kim’s art:
If You Were the Moon is essentially a Things to Do if You Are… poem. I started with just the poem and then added the science sidebars. And then, at my editor Carol Hinz’s suggestion, I added the introduction, setting up the scene of the girl character talking to the moon (basically calling the moon a lazy old thing!). But at its heart, the book is a poem. Here is the original poem. I’m hoping this will tempt you to check out the book:>)
Things to Do if You Are the Moon
Stay close to Mother Earth.
Hold hands with her to keep her steady.
Play tug-of-war with the ocean.
Spin like a silver ballerina, twirling in time with Earth so you’re always face to face.
Bounce sunlight toward Earth.
Hide from the sun.
Wear a dusty coat over your scrapes and bruises.
Sometimes be shy, showing only a sliver of yourself.
Other times, be a bold silver ball in the sky.
Gently wake lemurs and lions, owls and wolves.
Light a pathway for sea turtle hatchlings.
Pose for poets and painters.
Whisper to farmers, “Plant…harvest…”
Wait patiently for friends to visit again.
Sing a silent sky lullaby.
And for lots more wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge!