The Poetry Friday Round Up is here today, but I hope you’ll all forgive me and let the comments serve as the round-up. We had a sudden death in our family yesterday, and I am distraught. I promise next time I host I will be in a more festive spirit.
by Mary Oliver
Here is a story
to break your heart.
Are you willing?
the loons came to our harbor
and died, one by one,
of nothing we could see.
A friend told me
of one on the shore
that lifted its head and opened
the elegant beak and cried out
in the long, sweet savoring of its life
which, if you have heard it,
you know is a sacred thing.,
and for which, if you have not heard it,
you had better hurry to where
they still sing.
Read the rest of the poem here.
48 thoughts on “The Poetry Friday Round Up”
Oh Catherine, I’m so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family. At Keri Recommends, I’m sharing a poem by Tabatha Yeatts: http://wp.me/p4P49X-eK.
Oh, Mary Oliver is so wonderful. I thought as I read this that you cut it in just the right place and I didn’t really need to read more, but then I clicked and read the rest and cried. Thanks for this beauty at the end of a very long week!
I’m in with a poetryaction and bookalikes for Oliver Jeffers’ Lost & Found at http://www.laurasalas.com/blog/prxn-lost-and-found/
Thanks for hosting!
Catherine, I started with the poem and just now read your introduction. I’m *so* sorry for your loss. How awful…I’m holding your family in my thoughts and hoping some light will shine on you all through love and poetry….
I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I hope that you and your family find comfort in each other. Thank you for taking the time to share such a moving poem in the midst of your sorrow.
Hello Catherine, thank you so much for hosting this week and having this up so early. Mary Oliver does something to one’s soul, doesn’t she? I truly am sorry for your loss and hope that poetry helps somewhat.
Here is my link for today’s post. I have Maya Angelou’s poem paired with gorgeous art by Sir Edward Burne-Jones: Love’s Exquisite Freedom.
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. Take comfort from your memories.
At Random Noodling I have an original poem that deals with a death that took place 200 years ago. http://randomnoodling.blogspot.com/2015/08/poetry-friday-reason-to-regret-not.html
So sorry to hear about your loss, Catherine. Thanks for the Mary Oliver poem and for hosting.
At Alphabet Soup, I’m serving up a 5-course breakfast via The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations:
My post will go live at 6 a.m. Friday morning.
Love and prayers to you and your family.
So sorry, Catherine. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Thanks for taking the time to share the Mary Oliver poem. It’s beautiful.
I have guests, Linda Baie and her granddaughter, Ingrid on A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt. My post will go live at 4 am CST.
I am so sorry for your loss. Your post is beautiful, and I love On Being. Take care of yourself.
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It’s a beautiful post and poem. I am very sorry for your loss. http://mnosal.edublogs.org/
I am so sorry to hear about your loss, Catherine. When someone passes suddenly, it can be devastating and leave us, as Mary Oliver says, feeling like we’ve been broken open.
My occasional series “World Poetry” continues today with 20-year-old poet Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal of Inida. Supriya’s second collection of poetry is MUSINGS OF MISS YELLOW. I’m looking forward to following her career. She has a bright future ahead. http://authoramok.blogspot.com/2015/08/world-poetry-india.html
You are dear to take the time to share the lovely poem from Mary Oliver, Catherine, poignant for you and for all of us thinking about you. I’m sorry for the loss, for you and the family, too. I’ve written today about the sea, where I’ve been for nearly two weeks. It’s been a wonder to be here so long. http://www.teacherdance.org/2015/08/poetry-friday-slowly-by-sea.html
I had promised to respond to Poetry Friday, especially since you were hosting, Catherine. What I wrote seems so trivial now about the last lines of John Keats’s “Ode on a Grecian Urn”… but it is too late to change now. So, here is my contribution for August 20th:
I do want to note, however, some small lines of comfort from Keats to share:
“She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy bliss,
For ever wilt thou love, and she be fair!”
SO sorry for your loss, but glad that you could find a poem which so beautifully expresses some of what you must be feeling.
I’m in this week with a photo haiku at http://sallymurphy.com.au/2015/08/poetry-friday-a-photo-haiku/
I am also so very sorry to read of your loss, Catherine, and will keep you and yours in thoughts and prayers. We appreciate your providing a place for Poetry Friday in the midst of your grief.
I’m featuring my “bonus” poem on the Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations website this week, “Thrift Stories” – http://www.robynhoodblack.com/blog.htm?post=1006735
Oh Catherine, I’m so very sorry. My heart cries for you and your family.
Renée LaTulippe is on Today’s Little Ditty with the fourth post in her Lyrical Language series– Diction is King: A Lyrical Language Revision Tip. http://michellehbarnes.blogspot.com/2015/08/renee-m-latulippe-diction-is-king.html
As the others have said, I’m so very sorry to hear about your sad news, Catherine…please know we’re all thinking of you and your family. Like Linda Baie, I, too, have the ocean on my mind: http://wp.me/p2DEY3-1k7
Sending you light and love, Catherine, at this difficult time. Mary Oliver’s poem is moving.
I have a different body of water on my mind: http://weewordsforweeones.blogspot.com/2015/08/pondering-haiku.html
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Thank you for offering us space to share at this time. Sending light from my heart.
And isn’t always a shock that life continues swirling around despite our own hard times?
At TeachingAuthors, we are deep into our Back To School series and I’m recommending two very different books: one on food (DEAR TOMATO ~ an International Crop of Food and Agricultural Poems) and one on forgiveness (New Year at the Pier–a Rosh Hashanah Story)
it goes live Friday morning
Catherine, loss leaves us with such a sadness. Mary Oliver’s poem is touching. Thank you for taking the time to create a space for Poetry Friday in the midst of your tragedy. I am offering a post, Digital Poetry in the Classroom, with a look at the genre that has provided me with much joy in my own work and in the creation of my latest gallery, Summer Splashings. http://beyondliteracylink.blogspot.com/2015/08/digital-poetry-in-classroom.html
So very sorry, Catherine. What a lovely tribute during such a difficult time.
It seems so callous to be posting about my little news– summarizing my time in South Africa. But that’s my Poetry Friday contribution today:
This is my first time to do Poetry Friday. Learning as I go…
I don’t know you, Catherine, but I feel for you in your heartache. The poem you linked to was beautiful. I hope your time with family is both comforting and special.
My contribution is a sci-ku for National Science Week – which this year is on the theme of Light. https://katswhiskers.wordpress.com/2015/08/21/sci-ku-five-poetry-friday
Sorry to read about your loss, Catherine…I hope you’re surrounded by a lot of loving family right now. Here is a link to a poem that might help – it helped me when I lost someone I loved. It speaks to all the different things life can offer up – “the ripe, the sweet, the sour, the hollow and the whole.”
I have two nearly identical posts up for Poetry Friday – one at The Drift Record and the other at Books Around the Table – about the children’s poems of Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral. Do me a favor, folks, and read the one at Books Around the Table and, if you have time, look around the blog for posts by Julie Paschkis, Laura Kvasnosky, Bonny Becker and Margaret Chodos-Irvine. Here’s the link:
Deep condolences, Catherine. Thank you for letting us gather here while you are away. Hopefully you’ll be able to sense all the love and support we are sending you.
Robert Frost helps me remember one important idea about planning, this last weekend before school starts.
Catherine, your pain shines out and your poem opens our hearts to bear it with you. Thanks for bringing us here. I’m thanking my fellow Summer Poem Swappers:
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So sorry, Catherine. Thank you for hosting, despite your troubles. My post today is about unexpected grief also: One Clear Call
So sorry for your loss. Please take good care.
I have two old favorite back to school poems today.
So sorry to hear about the unexpected death in your family. I love Mary Oliver’s poetry. I have turned to her work when I have lost loved ones.
At wild Rose Reader, I have two short poems on the subject of shade:
Oh, Catherine. I’m so sorry for your loss. The Mary Oliver poem and link to Parker J. Palmer’s heartbreak essay are comforting. Thank you for hosting despite your sorrow. My thoughts are with you.
This past Wednesday, August 19, was National Aviation Day – I wrote a poem for this holiday that’s featured in THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR CELEBRATIONS. My Poetry Friday offering is a giveaway of one copy of both the teacher/librarian and student editions of the anthology. Here’s the link: http://www.tamerawillwissinger.com/the-writers-whimsy/2015/8/19/celebrating-national-aviation-day-and-the-poetry-friday-anth.html
Catherine, that was way too fast. I am crying for you. I want to wrap my arms around you. I’m sorry you had to host in the midst of this tragedy; however, this is an awesome community of friends holding you up today.
I present another Summer Poem Swap gift from Diane Mayr, the gift of the true song. “Sing the good. Sing the bad.” Seems especially appropriate today. https://reflectionsontheteche.wordpress.com/2015/08/21/your-songs-are-a-tribute/
Dear Catherine, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as you journey through this. Thank you for the lovely Mary Oliver and for hosting. I’ve sharing all my summer swap lovelies from Heidi, Joy, Jone, Donna & Margaret:
Also, I posted poems earlier this week from 3 Old Poets on aging, being an old poet:
Please accept my sympathy for your sudden loss, Catherine. I am holding you and your family in my heart, wishing you a bit of peace in your sadness. You posted such a beautiful poem for all of us; thank you.
Oh, Catherine, I am so sorry for your loss!
Catherine, I’m so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem.
May poetry soothe your soul. Take care. I’m sharing a poem about a quiet family moment http://moranreflections.blogspot.com/2015/08/boating-life.html
I am so very sorry for your loss, Catherine. Prayers for peace are coming your way. Today I have a haiku in honor of the new school year: http://beckyshillington.blogspot.com/2015/08/poetry-friday-haiku-for-back-to-school.html
Yay for Mary Oliver!
I have Homesick by Dorothy Frances McCrae up at my blog, Bildungsroman:
Oh, Catherine, I’m so wishing I could give you a hug. These days are tough. My thoughts, prayers and wishes for a peaceful heart are with you and other family members.
Such a moving poem today. Couldn’t get through this post without tears myself.
Today I am sharing the poems I swapped with other bloggers this summer.
I am so sorry for your loss. And grateful, too, that you posted this gorgeous poem. Thank you.
Here is my post for this roundup, on a children’s anthology I found in England. https://sarahtuttle.wordpress.com/2015/08/21/poetry-friday-a-childrens-book-of-verse-illustrated-by-eric-kincaid/
So sad to hear of your sudden loss, Catherine. But you still found time to leave us with a wonderful poem. Thank you. Great idea to let this be the roundup.
This has been a terrible year for wildfires in our province and neighboring states. My post today is a few thoughts about these natural (and sometimes human-caused) disasters: http://wp.me/pC77F-x3
Catherine, thank you for being here despite your sadness. I am sending prayers and comforting thoughts to you in this difficult time.
Today I am sharing a poem by Stanley Kunitz entitled End of Summer.
My selection is “Almost Late To School: and more school poems” written by Carol Diggory Shields with illustrations by Paul Meisel
I am so very sorry for your loss, Catherine. What a gorgeous, heart-rending poem to post at such a time.
I’m in with an original parody poem, “Stuck Doing Chores on a Summer’s Evening”, which is offered with apologies to Robert Frost. Here’s the link: http://kellyrfineman.livejournal.com/867211.html
Oh, Catherine, I’m saddened by this sudden loss. Prayers for comfort and solace for your family and loved ones as you face this difficult time.
I’ve missed posting for almost two months. Glad to be back and sharing a favorite poem by Kristine O’Connell George.
Oops, forgot the link: http://pleasuresfromthepage.blogspot.com/2015/08/poetry-friday.html
My thoughts are with you and your family. Life can be so cruel sometimes. As you can tell from these comments, there are streams of light being sent your way. My heart weeps for you all.