Thursday, August 13, 2015

poetry friday the 14th

not that I would ever carve a tree...
Welcome one and all!  I suspect we may be a small group this week--last summer flings and all--but I also know that many of us Poetry Friday faithfuls are educators who are beginning to gear up for a new year.  This should be true for me too, but I'm holding on tooth-and-nail to "empty" summer days during which I decide what and when!  Here's a NoNotYet poem to fit that feeling....



No! Not Yet

Bare still feeting, not done yet;
peach still sweeting, not done yet!
Fan still ceiling, not done yet;
rod still reeling, not done yet!

Button snoozing,
Bug bites oozing,
Ball still foozing--
No! not yet…

Cone still snowing, not done yet;
kart still going, not done yet!
Corn still cobbing, not done yet;
odd still jobbing, not done yet.

Summer camping,
skateboard ramping,
swimsuit damping--
No! not yet…

Board still diving, not done yet;
bees still hiving, not done yet.
Beach still waving, not done yet;
Heart still braving, not done yet.

Rock band forming,
early warming,
thunder storming--
No! not yet…

Burn still sunning, not done yet;
Nerf still gunning, not done yet!
Fair still wheeling, not done yet;
bases stealing, not done yet!

Firepit smoking,
knock-knock joking,
cousin poking--
No! not yet…

Cards still warring, not done yet;
night still starring, not done yet.
Fireworks booming, not done yet;
Moon still blooming, not done yet!

It can’t be over--
                   No, not yet!
(My summer
homework’s
     not 
            done
                      yet.)


-Heidi Mordhorst 2015
  all rights reserved

Where are you in the wheel of the year?  Clicking slowly and deliciously up-up-up to the first day of school, ready to ride that roller coaster, or noticing already the drawing in of the evening light, the scatter of yellow leaves on the still-green lawn?  Or perhaps you are good at being smack in the middle of the moment...your post should give us a clue!

Thanks for joining in this week, the last week of the Summer Poem Swap--I look forward to sharing the riches I received next Friday.  Now then, click below to leave your link for all to follow!

32 comments:

  1. I'm so slow, Heidi. I almost asked if you realized your poem wasn't showing up. Duh. Now I get it:>) Savor your last days of summer!

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    1. It's showing up now, Laura--I hope you can come back to read it! So excited to revisit Magnetic Poetry....

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    2. Heidi, this is glorious! One of my favorites of yours--ever. That first stanza and then the moon blooming especially got to me.

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  2. Happy winding-down days! We've been super busy at the library all summer long and now it's time for me to start planning a vacation--as far away from people as possible!

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    1. You're doing something right if the library has been that busy! Enjoy your interlude of solitude!

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  3. Heidi, your poem is really speaking to me today. My son left for college this morning. I suspect, no matter when he left, I'd have that "not done yet" feeling. I especially loved your "ball still foozing" line!

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    1. Hee. One of the things I do feel pretty done with right now is parenting the son and his summer homework...but I will feel exactly as you do when that time comes, I'm sure. Good work, Mom!

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  4. Great poem, Heidi - sounds like me! Between the beaching and the gardening and the two-young kids-ing, I've barely had enough to write...but fortunately, I've had just enough time to crank out two more PB manuscripts, one of which I'm currently revising. That said, I have no post today, but I am sharing my most recent post, my interview with Rebecca Kai Dotlich. Hope you're enjoying your summer as much as your poem makes it seem!

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  5. Wonderful poem Heidi. I love the use of repetition and the shift in rhythm between the two stanza patterns. In my part of the world it is winter, with just a few hints around that spring might be actually coming.

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  6. Oh, that poem is so YOU, Heidi! Turning words inside-out and upside-down as always, and expressing what many of us are feeling about having to let go of summer. (Ours has been winding up with lots of family excitement, as I celebrate in my post along with some classic poetry this week!) Thanks for hosting, and have a great start to school. :0)

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  7. Seems we're sharing similar head space this week, Heidi. I love your poem! I, too, am in a NoNotYet frame of mind. More button snoozing, pleeeeeeeeeease...? One more week for us until the kids go back to school.

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  8. Heidi, not done yet is a great line that expresses your zest for summer days that want to linger. Today was one of those absolutely beautiful days on Long Island that should have never stopped. Rewind.

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  9. Loved the poem! Definitely reminds me how I felt when summer was coming to a close.

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  10. Love the poem, Heidi. I touch on a similar theme... though from a totally different approach. It's like there's something in the air....

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  11. We are so far from summer homework being done yet that it is scary! Looove your clever poem, Heidi! Thanks for hosting :-)

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  12. Love that poem, Heidi! Very clever. Thank you for hosting!

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  13. This poem is suuuch fun to read and captures our hearts at the end of August. Taking three teens on vacation in a week with summer homework to do, this one gave me a giggle. 'Can't wait to show it to them! Thank you for hosting today.

    At The Poem Farm, I have a link back in time - we're off to DC for a family baby shower, so I'm just sharing an oldie.

    Happy summer days!! xo

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  14. Ah, yes...this poem resonates. I'm looking at the summer homestretch, it's back to the real world next Sunday. Thanks for hosting today!

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  15. I love this poem, Heidi! It captures what I am feeling at this moment. Thank you for hosting, and enjoy these last days of summer!

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  16. I'm humming my own verse to go along with the "No! Not yet..." chorus. LOVE your poem!

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  17. That is a great poem! I remember feeling that way. Since retirement, my summer stretches on just a bit longer on both ends, so I don't get quite the same feeling as when teaching. But I still hate to see the winter approaching.

    Again - wonderful, wonderful poem. Loved the playfulness of the words - another refusal to be ready to get down to business!

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  18. I love this poem, Heidi. Imaginative, and so true! Some leaves are already getting a bit red up here in NH, and the days are noticeably shorter. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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  19. What a fun poem, Heidi! Love that "corn still cobbing." :) Our youngest starts back to school on Monday, so we are loving him up this weekend for sure. Happy Poetry Friday, and thanks for hosting! xo

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  20. I don't want to be done with summer yet, but my English teacher husband is already back at school, and we are feeling the pain of having said good-bye to empty summer days. :) My college girls will start school soon, but Ramona and I still have the freedom to hold out until after Labor Day, and that we shall do! :) Happy last days of summer, Heidi!

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  21. What a fabulous poem. I'm never done with summer, but every year, it's done with me and then there's winter. And thank you for hosting Poetry Friday this week.

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  22. Fantastic poem, Heidi! "Not done yet" could be the refrain for so many things in our lives. Thanks for hosting! =)

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  23. My selection for today is "Fireflies at Midnight" by Marilyn Singer with pictures by Ken Robbins

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  24. Love the poem, Heidi. Hope you eek out every last bit of summer glory.

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  25. Wonderful poem, Heidi! No, I'm not ready yet. Even with no kids at home, I'm still not ready yet!

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  27. I love your poem, Heidi! As a kid, I was really torn - thrilled to be going back to school, but hanging on to summer like my life depended on it. We've had such a hot summer in Seattle, I'm more than ready to let it go...except for the county fair next week...and the picnics...and swmming at the lake a little more...and enjoying the fresh summer harvest...and...and...[My post is up so late today...but what's new? I seem to be last one at the table now, for months.]

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