First, a reminder for all fans of great children's poetry:
The winner of the Cybils Poetry category is announced this Sunday, February 14. I was honored to be a second round judge, and I can promise that you will love the winner (and all the finalists, too.)
Now, on to the Poetry Friday challenge for today. Last year, around Valentine's Day, Tricia prodded us to write a love poem without using "love" words. I took the bait.
This year, I had to make up my own challenge. An ode to February.
I know; I know. February is impossible.
Oh, February, oh February!
You make my heart sing, you do,
were it not for blinding blizzards and the swiniest of flu.
Oh, February, far too short the days
to count the shades of grayest grays
you send me, year after weary year.
If I were you, I'd watch my back, dear;
such nuanced love cannot last
before I exchange you for something less overcast.
Oh, February, love is patient, love is kind;
love doesn't leave you disinclined
to climb from underneath the warmest covers
to join the bitterest, iciest, and brutalist of lovers
on the barren street, no less! to watch how much snow
you can blow and blow and blow---some beau
you are. But how can I call it quits
when you bite my cheeks and grab my wrists
kissing color into my frozen face---
Oh, February, let's March on apace!
---Sara Lewis Holmes
Sickened by that sappy stuff? Then head over to The Pursuit of Happiness blog and snuggle up to Maira Kalman's poem in words and pictures, The Impossibility of February.
The Poetry Friday roundup today is hosted by the ever warm and friendly Lee Wind at http://www.leewind.org/2010/02/poetry-friday-valentines-edition-is.html