Poetry Friday: A look back at Spanish Moss and Rainbow Eucalyptus

Heat, humidity, beating sunshine. Summer is a wonderful time of year! I love this season more than any other, but when it comes to getting work done – well, summer sort of drops the ball.

Kids are home, gardens need to be tended, wood needs to be split for winter – there are myriad activities that get in the way of being able to write. As a stay-at-home dad, I try to find a balance but it’s darned near impossible this time of year.

This is why I’ve been enjoying pulling out some poems from older posts that you may not have seen originally.

I originally shared this poem – which you can find in J. Patrick Lewis’ The National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry (National Geographic Kids, 2015) – in October 2015, shortly before the book was published. It was an honor being asked by a former U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate to contribute to such a high-profile book, so I jumped at the opportunity!

It was also an unexpected treat to see that my poem about Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees shared a page with my friend, Charles “Father Goose®” Ghigna. We were in the final stages of polishing our manuscript for Once Upon Another Time (Beaming Books, 2021) when Pat’s book came out, and little did we know that we would end up waiting another 7 years to see our manuscript become a book.

But we were happy to our poems getting some publicity!

– © 2015 National Geographic Kids, all rights reserved

Looking for more poetry? Dave Roller is hosting today’s Poetry Friday roundup for the very first time at his blog, Leap of Dave, where he tries his hand at a new-to-him poetry form, the etheree!


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17 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: A look back at Spanish Moss and Rainbow Eucalyptus

  1. lindabaie

    Both poems are special, just enough about them to be interesting and to see the beauty, too. I’ve never heard of a Rainbow Eucalyptus, Matt! Glad you shared!


  2. These are both beautiful poems. I have been fascinated by Spanish Moss for the longest time and their legend. I just recently discovered the Rainbow Eucalyptus (big fan of trees!) So both of these sang to my poet’s heart.


  3. Matt, Charles and your poems are a treasure-so full of descriptive thoughts and colorful ideas that I wanted to read them again and again. You two are a great pair of poets. I can attest that the summer months are not as conducive to getting work done but they do provide nurturing for our souls.


  4. Pingback: Poetry Friday: Rainbow Eucalyptus Part II, the poem you never saw – Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme

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