Friday, July 29, 2016

3, a number poem

draft (c) Heidi Mordhorst 2016
3 is the magic number,
bulging with possibilities.
One thing leads to another
                and then another.
Beginning middle end.
3 has eyes to see and ears to hear.
3 purses its lips and
blows a kiss to the future.
         Promise of wishes fulfilled.




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That's a less-than-one-minute poem that COULD have been (but isn't) in the forthcoming anthology ONE MINUTE TILL BEDTIME, edited by Children's Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt.  Instead a different tiny poem by me is included, along with many more "60-second poems to send you off to sleep."

I just love the cover illustration by Christoph Niemann, and I can't wait to see what other poems by our Poetry Friday friends are included.  It comes out November 1 from Little Brown, just in time for winter gift-giving!


The Poetry Friday round-up is with Margaret at Reflections on the Teche.

19 comments:

  1. I have two poems sneaking into this anthology, Heidi - but I might be counting on some of my American friends to share a glimpse with me, because I don't think it's coming to Australia...? How fun to be in the pages with Poetry Friday friends!

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  2. It's on my list, Heidi. Congrats on having your poem in it! Love that "kiss to the future"!

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  3. It's a wonderful tiny poem! I'm going to have to check out some of your books. I am new to Poetry Friday, so I am so happy to meet all the new friends!

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  4. Love your 3, a number poem and the cover illustration to the anthology is delightful. Congratulations on having your poem included. How exciting!

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  5. Love your 3, a number poem and the cover illustration to the anthology is delightful. Congratulations on having your poem included. How exciting!

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  6. Congrats on being in the anthology. I like your number poem.

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  7. Congrats on having a poem in this lovely anthology. Can't wait to get a copy. Will you have them at NCTE perhaps?

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  8. Congratulations on being a part of this book, Heidi - I look forward to seeing what Kenn chose to use! (And thanks for the idea...I may also end up sharing a couple of poems that didn't make it!)

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    1. Thanks, Matt and all! The 3 poem wasn't one of the ones I submitted--I think it probably skews a little older than Kenn was looking for. Maybe I'll try another version for littles!

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  9. Heidi, I enjoyed your number 3 poem, especially these lines:
    3 purses its lips and
    blows a kiss to the future.
    I look forward to reading your other poems that are included in the anthology. How wonderful that is!

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  10. This line: "blows a kiss to the future" makes me think you DID read my poem in OMTB! So glad we'll be sharing pages in this anthology, Heidi. :)

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  11. I love your number poem and the cover of the anthology. I can't wait to see it in print - I have a poem in there, too.

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  12. Congratulations, Heidi! Kenn's collection sounds like a real treasure. Your number 3 poem is so clever. Love that "kiss to the future"!

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  13. I like your number 3! I'm thinking a number poem like this might be a fun thing to try with my students.

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  14. I love the idea of a 60 second poem and the magic of three! Congratulations on your contribution to the anthology. Looks like a perfect gift for my library.

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  15. Congratulations! How sweet to have a spot in the anthology!
    Love this 3 poem!

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  16. Congrats! WOOT! Your poem reminds me of learning (and now teaching a young one) to write the number three . . . another and then another!

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  17. Congrats! I love that 3 blowing a kiss to the future! FUN!

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  18. Three times the love for this poem, Heidi, despite it not being included. Congrats on having another poem in the anthology - I'll keep my eye out for it. =)

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