Thursday, August 21, 2014

Summer Goodbye Swap - from Robyn!

              Poetry Friday is hosted today by a lovely substitute, Irene Latham of Live Your Poem. Her new book Dear Wandering Wildebeast and Other Poems From The Water Hole will be out September 1st, so it's time to begin celebrating.  Robyn Hood Black, of Life On The Deckle Edge, our 'supposed-to-be' host, is taking some time off with a hurt shoulder, but lucky for us, she's here at my blog because I was fortunate enough to receive my final swap poem from her this past week. It couldn't have been more appropriate. She saw my post a few weeks ago about the light changing, and wrote a poem about August for me. I just returned to work officially this week, and it's a wonderful poem for a school year's beginning. Thank you Robyn! And of course, thanks to Tabatha Yeatts at The Opposite of Indifference one more time for her sensational swapping idea.



Gorgeous, right? Straight from Robyn's wonderful workplace!

                                                     August                                    
                                    is the whispering of wind
                                    fingering its way toward you from fall.
                                    Bright sun beams down from buses and backpacks
                                                     but not forever.
                                    See that leaf, with the tiniest hint of something other than green?
                                    It's pointing toward September. October. Beyond.
                                    Pointing to you. And the person you'll grow into.
                                    August, still August, is not really still
                                                      at all.
                                                    
                                                                  Robyn Hood Black, All Rights Reserved

32 comments:

  1. I loved getting these poems this summer and writing them! I lve the idea the August is not really still.

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    1. I've loved the swap poems, too, Jone. Summer was better because of them, wasn't it? And I agree, August has become our transitional month.

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    1. Thanks, Tabatha, yes, you're right!

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    2. Love this breezy poem, Linda. Sorry to hear Robyn hurt her shoulder.

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    3. Thanks, Catherine. It's a wonderful response to this time of year, isn't it?

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  3. Thank you for sharing, Linda - and I'm glad I got this mailed right before the trip that was the final straw for my shoulder/arm! (I'm clunkily typing with my left hand.) Wishing you a lovely, inspiring year in and out of the classroom. xo

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    1. You're welcome, Robyn. I am thrilled to share, know that everyone will love seeing these thoughts from you! Take care of yourself!

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  4. How lovely -- especially because just yesterday I noted some already yellow leaves falling from one of our trees. Happy New School Year!

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    1. Thanks, Jama, back we are! The exciting part is next week, however, when the kids arrive!

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  5. What a beautiful poem, Linda; and you're right, perfect for delivering you into a new school year. I'm so glad you and Diane have been kind enough to give us our Robyn fix while she's recovering.

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    1. I guess you could say Robyn really wasn't absent, couldn't you? I will enjoy Robyn's words well into winter, I'm sure! Thanks, Michelle.

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  6. The hopefulness in the tiny hint of color on a leaf. August marches on, oppressive, hot, and humid. Oh, the hope of cooler air. A beautiful summer swap gift.

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    1. Yes, indeed. I'm sure you still have the heat, but it's rainy and cool here today. I know the 90s will return, but more & more, the weather's changing. Hoping for you, too, Margaret!

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  7. Love the idea of August pointing to growth even when there's a hint of color change. What a gift to start the year with.

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    1. It's been cooler here lately, so the trees and other plants will begin receiving the message I'm sure. It is a lovely poem, and I'll certainly share it at school. Thank you!

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  8. Such a lovely treat to read this poem on the verge of bidding August goodbye and welcoming a new school year!

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    1. It's nearly a prediction, Tara. The high today was only 71 degrees! But warmer is coming again-a quirky day!

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  9. So, so, lovely! Love the line: "See that leaf, with the tiniest hint of something other than green?" Change is in the air. Fabulous poem, Robyn and thanks for sharing, Linda! = )

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    1. You're welcome, it's a pleasure to share it!

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  10. I love the whispering voice of the poem, the promise of things to come. It's glorious. It moved me deeply today, dear Linda. I love the anticipation of golden bright tree colours after August. :)

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    1. As you see I said earlier, we are having a cool spell now. It's about 60 degrees this evening! Robyn got it just right, didn't she?

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    2. The swapping poems sounds like so much fun! I wish I could come up with some poems to contribute, because it sure sounds like it would be fun to be on the receiving end!

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    3. I think you would be great, Carol! Next time?

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  11. Love, love, LOVE those last four lines!

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  12. BEAUTIFUL poem and presentation, and yes, perfect for going back to school!

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  13. I have nothing further to add! The last line is a killer! Happy school year!

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    1. Thanks, Diane. So glad you enjoyed it!

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  14. Beautiful poem - but I'm still not ready for fall. Let me hold onto August a little longer!

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    1. I know how you feel, but with school starting, we seem to turn that way, don't we? Robyn seems to say it's just hint so far. Thanks, Matt!

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