Thursday, January 14, 2010

Living. Lovely. ~ Read a Poem

To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June.

~ Jean-Paul Sartre

Did you

Read a Poem

this week?



I retrieved (and dusted off) an old, red leather-bound edition of Tennyson's poetry from my bookshelf this week. Rain. An old, sentimental patchwork quilt. A cup of tea. Perfect.

For the boys, we read aloud from Poetry for Young People: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

(A wonderful series of books, by the way, with biographical information about each poet
and a thoughtful selection of their poetry, delightfully illustrated.)

The Arrow and the Song

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.

I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song?

Long, long afterward, in an oak
I found the arrow, still unbroke:
And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.


Next week's Living. Lovely. challenge:
Clean Off Your Desk

January 14th is National Clean-Off-Your-Desk Day (who knew?).
I could really use that kick in the pants. Want to join me?
Is your desk already clean?
You'll have to use your imagination and come up with an alternative in the spirit of things. Grin.

Be ready to share before and after photos next Thursday!

1 comment:

Molly Anne said...

I did the cup of tea thing too. :) It seemed to fit!
Longfellow could really paint a picture. I always loved The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.

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