by Fred Chappell
The children race now here by the ivied fence,
gather squealing now there by the lily border.
The evening calms the quickened air, immense
and warm; its veil is pierced with fire. The order
of space discloses as pair by pair porch lights
carve shadows. Cool phosphors flare when dark
permits yearning to signal where, with spark
and pause and spark, the fireflies are, the sites
they spiral when they aspire, with carefree ardor
busy, to embrace a star that draws them thence.
Like children we stand and stare, watching the field
that twinkles where gold wisps fare to the end
of dusk, as the sudden sphere, ivory shieldaloft, of moon stands clear of the world's far bend.
April is Poetry Month and there are lots of resources to use for inspiration. Check some of them out and share with your students or your staff.
- Poet’s work by Lorine Niedecker : The Poetry Foundation [poem of the day] http://bit.ly/dpNGbS
- Poetry Posters http://bit.ly/bXAope and http://bit.ly/ay5sgy
- Self Portrait / Poem of the Day : The Poetry Foundation: http://bit.ly/dcVqnc
- Stories In Flight | FlickrPoet: http://bit.ly/7IliNY
- 180 Poems for High School students
Here are some of the poems that you might have missed from poem-a-day. They will you email you a daily poem if you want them to. .
by Catie Rosemurgy
The arch in the bridge. The moment of architecture
In the Village
by Derek Walcott
I came up out of the subway and there were
Apr 1A Story
by Philip Levine
Everyone loves a story. Let's begin with a house