Sunday, July 4, 2010

Sunday Poetry Post

From High Line Park, NYC

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Catch a Little Rhyme
by Eve Merriam

Once upon a time
I caught a little rhyme

I set it on the floor
but it ran right out the door

I chased it on my bicycle
but it melted to an icicle

I scooped it up in my hat
but it turned into a cat

I caught it by the tail
but it stretched into a whale

I followed it in a boat
but it changed into a goat

When I fed it tin and paper
it became a tall skyscraper

Then it grew into a kite
and flew far out of sight ...


  1. I see fireworks
    I see the pageant and pomp and parade
    I hear the bells ringing out
    I see Americans
    All Americans free...forevermore...
    -- Is Anybody There, John Adams; 1776

    Happy 4th, all! I'm spending the weekend offline (mostly). Today, planning to watch 1776 and Independence Day (silly movie with plot craters, but fun!). Temps crawling, climbing into the OMG ranges - going to be in the 100s this week (ack!!).

    Hope you are all spending your holiday (the US folks, anyhow) in a fun way!

  2. Architecture has its own beauty. Geometric and ordered. I love the bird flying nearby. Man and the animal kingdom.

    Hope visit to Moms and families went well.
    We actually had firecrackers going off behind us, so the dogs had to bark and be all protective and in charge. More rain, so any fireworks may have been soggy.
    When the sun comes out for real, we'll have a jungle out there.

    Editor emailed that her deadline to get my work back to me is 7/6 EEEEK. That was quick. She just sold her third book and has hot deadlines to make so clearing the decks.
    I wanted an excuse to laze with this story a while.
    This time around I'm thinking about the whole story and characters in a very different way.
    Interesting how I'm paying attention to my process and am enjoying it.

    A relaxing Sunday to All.

  3. Lisa!! simulpost! Luck with the revisions. :)

  4. I love the 4th of July. I can do without all the nationalism (and Wes and Lucy are pretty superfreaked by the neighbors' fireworks), but I dig the spirit of the whole independence/rebelling against an unjust authority shtick.

    Happy Independence Day to all those who are celebrating!

  5. Happy Independence Day to all, though it might not be your official one. Independence should always be celebrated!

  6. Happy 4th to all.

    On the 4th I always like to remember that the people of 1776 were just as much of a mixed bag as the people of today. It makes life today more tolerable for some reason. And in that spirit I focus on the Independence Day history of INDIANA at my blog. Andi, don't say I never take your requests seriously. :)

    I've otherwise been spending a lazy morning updating all my ipods, iphones etc. This afternoon we might catch a movie. Then it's BBQ and local fireworks later. Hopefully no rain. (fingers crossed). Have a great day everyone!

  7. I like the smaller tower! I'm always one for older stuff. Nice contrast.

    Parade this morning. The wagons with ex-POWs and WWII vets was moving - not many of them left. Lots of kids and horses and fire trucks. Gotta love small-town parades! And more fireworks tonight, tho it looks like rain. Great show last night in itty bitty Bayview, a town nearby. Booms echoing off the lake and mountains forever - lots of fun.

    Working at Borders, then hoping to get more reading done. Lazy day. Or maybe I'm just still avoiding the rewrite on my book, argh. Good luck Lisa! And enjoy your movies, Maria. And I agree, Jen.

    Anyway, happy fourth, however and whatever you celebrate. I think I'm going to celebrate with another decaf!

  8. 90° F. temp with a 100° heat index but my 35 mile bike ride was great. I love riding in this heat. I drink a lot of water and today, kept squirting water on my face to wash the sweat out of my eyes. In spite of the sweat it was a great ride.

    Maria Lima, it's ironic that Adams and Jefferson died within hours of each other ignorant of the other's passing 50 years after the original Independence Day. Adams wish "The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more." seems to have come to pass on steroids.

    Lisa, I didn't even notice the bird when I took the photo, but when I found the poem, I thought it was the kite the skyscraper morphed into.

    maryb, good post at your blog. I always think that the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 is a highly overlooked document in the nation's founding.

    Beth, I like the contrast in the two towers too. My favorite NYC tower is probably the Chrysler Building. Maybe, it's because of this photo.

    Happy Independence Day to all even if yours is on some other day and called something else.

  9. Wow, great shot, Jim! Thanks for the link. And you are an Ironman, riding in that heat.....

  10. MBW had some real cahones to climb out on that hood ornament gargoyle.

    Hey, if i was an Ironman, I would have been rusted tight like the Tin Man in the Wizzard of Oz from salty sweat. I think I'm more Aluminum Man, anodized on a good day.

  11. The fireworks start at the manor tonight, assuming The Boy and Snippet come home to face the music. Yes, we're back from vacation. And I mostly wish I wasn't. Mason got a little cranky on the six-hour drive, at least the parts he didn't nap through. I've been telling Mrs. Fetched that we should let our kitties inside for Mason to follow/chase around.

    In town, someone was lighting roman candles in the middle of a side street — after 7 or 8 of them, I was surprised a cop didn't show up to give them an unofficial cease & desist.

    Lisa, good luck with the revisions.

    Beth, you won't ever get to query if you don't finish your rewrite!

    Mary, interesting take on the airing of grievances. Interesting that didn't cover that in Michigan History when I was in school (we spent several weeks on the Northwest Ordinance).

    Jim, that was a clever poem… and what the heck was she doing out there? I'm surprised they let women do that kind of thing in 1958! I need to get into shape to do 35-mile bike rides in this weather… would beat sitting at the computer all day…

    See y'all tomorrow!

  12. Farf, best of luck with your fireworks. I don't try to set speed records on my rides. A 15-16 mph average makes me happy.

    As to the poem, Eve Merriam has been one of my favorites for a long time. She has helped me share poetry with kids for a long time.