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Poetry Friday: “Not So Easy”

Ornaments 2Before 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

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20 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “Not So Easy”

  1. Matt, The snowflakes poem is delightful! I loved it, and I am sure the children will, too.

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  3. izatrapani1 on said:

    So good! I love it!

  4. Strangely, I am looking forward to a little snow. I plan on testing out this poem in real life. :)

  5. Wonderful. Great surprise at the end.

  6. Love it! My kids would love the opportunity to give catching snowflakes a try, if only we would get some snow. Congrats to Joy!

  7. Love it! Having grown up in Hawaii, I have very little practice catching snowflakes. I do enjoy eating them now :).

  8. very nice, Matt! I giggled over ‘and even gotten in’. In fact, still giggling…

  9. So fun! You nailed it with that surprising last line.

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  11. Ah, how nice to see a lighthearted moment! This is delightful, Matt.

    I miss milkweed! It grew near the railroad tracks in my hometown, and I loved opening them and feeling that white fluff. A friend made me a milkweed pod ornament way back around 1982, and it was on my tree for something like 20 years after that until it finally disintegrated.

  12. Glad you liked it, Renee! My 2-yr-old helped make the ornaments, actually – he had a blast pulling the white fluff out of the pods and blowing it away!

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