Saturday, December 12, 2009

Poetry Friday

"Come With Me"
Naomi Shihab Nye

To the quiet minute between two noisy minutes
It's always waiting ready to welcome us
Tucked under the wing of the day
I'll be there
Where will you be?

Day late but that's okay with me and I hope it's okay with you, too. I mentioned some time back that we received a Come With Me, a collection of poetry for children. I thoroughly enjoyed this. The poems are whimsical, fun and insightful. I didn't read much poetry as a child. I'm playing catch up. What I have noticed over and over again is how sophisticated and simple children's poetry is, how it appeals to me the adult and the child I imagine I was. I say imagine because I don't know how I would have responded to these words when I was a child but I know the adult me wishes I had had this pleasure then.

I am a Nye fan. If you don't know her work, pickthis up.
Come With Me: Poems For A Journey. Greenwillow Books. 2000.

Poetry Friday is hosted this week by Diane at Random Noodling


Gavin said...

Nye is one of my favorite authors. She has a novel for middle grade readers, Habibi, that is unforgettable. Thank you for posting her poem.

Color Online said...

Hi Gavin,

I think we have the book in the library. I have seen it. Will push it up my tbr.


Jodie said...

I think her poems are just so effective because of their simplicity.