Poetry Friday: “Not So Easy”
Before we get to today’s poem, I need to congratulate someone! Last Friday, I offered two New Hampshire-made, handcrafted milkweed pod Christmas ornaments to anyone who wanted them, just for visiting my blog and reading the poem I was featuring, “Christmas Tree, Three.” The poem is from my winter-themed children’s poetry collection, Anticipation: Poems for a Winter’s Night, and I appreciate all the comments and feedback I received – not just for that particular poem, but for all my postings.
So, as a little “Thank You,” I thought it might be nice to have a giveaway in time for Christmas. And by a purely random drawing, the winner is…
Joy Frelinger! Joy is a children’s poet and performance artist from Arizona, and the ornaments should add a little touch of New England to her southwest decor. Congratulations, Joy, and thank you so much for visiting my blog! (If anyone is interested in purchasing one of these ornaments, just send an email to Matt (at) MattForrest (dot) com and let me know! They’re $8 each, plus $2 for shipping)
Now then…today’s poem is one of the first ones I wrote for my winter collection. The last few poems I’ve featured here have been what many in the kid lit industry would call ‘quiet’ poems – that is, they’re more serious and introspective than silly or funny. I’d like to think this sort of bridges that gap…but I’ll let you decide! And be sure to check out all the Poetry Friday offerings at Jama Rattigan’s Alphabet Soup!
Not So Easy
A few have hit my forehead and a bunch have slammed my chin,
A couple dozen nailed my nose – and even gotten in.
I’ve had so many in my eyes I now can barely blink;
Catching snowflakes on your tongue is harder than you’d think.
- © 2012 Matt Forrest Esenwine