Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme

Tying together poetry, parenting, and advertising in a neat little package

Poetry Friday: “It’s the Thought That Counts”

poetryfridaybutton-fulllNormally, I wrestle with which poems to share here each week. While I want to share everything, I have to hold myself back sometimes and not share a certain poem if I think it might be published at some point.

Today, I have no fear of that.

I wrote this quite a few years ago, when I was just beginning to get serious about my children’s writing…and had no idea how similar it was to another poem written by someone far more talented and far more famous than I will ever be. You might known who that person is and to which of his poems I’m referring; if so, you’ll understand why no editor will ever want to touch this. If you don’t know, I’ll keep quiet and let you enjoy the poem.

And for all of today’s Poetry Friday links – and a draft of a beautiful poem she’s writing – be sure to visit Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche!

It’s the Thought That Counts

I loaded up my backpack first,
So full of books, it’s set to burst;
Brushed my teeth and combed my hair,
Then put on something nice to wear.
While mom and dad were still in bed
I made some breakfast – jam and bread –
Then 7:30 on the clock,
Went out the door and down the block
To get to school on time, but wait –
I’m neither early nor too late;
I’m kind of sad, I have to say…
Apparently, it’s Saturday.

- © Matt Forrest Esenwine

===================================================================

Did you like this post? Find something interesting elsewhere in this blog? I really won’t mind at all if you feel compelled to share it with your friends and followers!

PoetsGarage-badgeTo keep abreast of all my posts, please consider subscribing via the links up there on the right!  (I usually only post twice a week – on Tues. and Fri. – so you won’t be inundated with emails every day)  Also feel free to visit my voiceover website HERE, and you can also follow me via Twitter FacebookPinterest, and SoundCloud!

Single Post Navigation

18 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “It’s the Thought That Counts”

  1. Well, no matter if it’s similar to that other poem, it’s fun, Matt. I hope you’ll let me copy & share with my colleagues. I bet they’ll love using it with their students!

  2. Fun poem, Matt and I know the poem to which you refer (at least I think I do.) I actually wrote a poem several years ago that starts off similarly, but has a different punch line. You’ve inspired me to pull it out again!

    • Isn’t in interesting that all three of our poems are probably very different, yet they’re similar enough that Shel’s will be the only one that ever gets published?

  3. Joyce Ray on said:

    Matt, writing poems similar to a celebrated poet is admirable, I’d say. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Cute poem, Matt! Your version is just as good as the previously published one. It’d be fun to see yours, Buffy’s and Mr. Silversteins side by side. = )

  5. Nice to know you share ideas with a master children’s poet, anyway. The poem is adorable. I’m sure it will find a purposeful existence even if it’s not traditionally published. Heck, it already has if Linda ends up sharing it with her colleagues who share with their students.

  6. haitiruth on said:

    It’s still fun, even if someone else said it first.

  7. margaretsmn on said:

    Kids get such a kick out of this idea, that you get all ready for school and what do you know? I do like your seeming ease with rhythm and rhyme. Something I struggle with. Have you heard of the book and podcast of Steal like an Artist. Not saying you stole anything, but artists tend to mimic each other in ways that can be flattering and inspiring.

  8. Karen Edmisten on said:

    It’s such a cute poem. At least it’s it’s been published here. :)

  9. The last line made me smile. If it were only Saturdays the whole week round. :)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Laura Purdie Salas

writing the world for kids

Deborah Blake Dempsey

Tying together poetry, parenting, and advertising in a neat little package

The Drawer Of M. M. Socks

Stories - Tall and Short for the Tall and Short

Catherine M Johnson

Feed your imagination here

You've Got Your Hands Full

Just another WordPress.com site

Jama's Alphabet Soup

an eclectic feast of food, fiction and folderol

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

Creative Writing Tips and Authorial Support from Fantasy Writer Victoria Grefer

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

Blog & website of children's book author Tara Lazar

Julie True Kingsley's Blog

Musings on really nothing...

Dave Courvoisier's Blog

Tying together poetry, parenting, and advertising in a neat little package

Florian Cafe

Tying together poetry, parenting, and advertising in a neat little package

sharon abra hanen

children's literature, poetry, & other magical creative stuff

Tying together poetry, parenting, and advertising in a neat little package

Tying together poetry, parenting, and advertising in a neat little package

J.S. Gilbert

Copywriting, Advertising Creative, Voice Over Talent and a few surprises

The Poem Farm

Tying together poetry, parenting, and advertising in a neat little package

DAN O’DAY TALKS ABOUT RADIO

Tying together poetry, parenting, and advertising in a neat little package

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,369 other followers

%d bloggers like this: