In a Pan
Dim the Lights
LEE BENNETT HOPKINS!
© 2018 Michelle Kogan
Happy Poetry Friday, and Happy National Poetry Month! For Poetry Friday many of us are celebrating Lee Bennett Hopkins Birthday Today! He happens to be a favorite poet of mine, and I’m very happy to shine more light in his honor. I think he was a favorite of mine before I knew who he actually was. One of the first poetry anthology books of his I collected was Marvelous Math. In this mix I’m particularly fond of his poem Sky.
by Lee Bennett Hopkins
I couldn’t find the rest of the poem online so you’ll either have to buy the book or check it out of your local library. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes featured Lee on her blog at Today’s Little Ditty, and he challenged us to write a Me Poem. I wrote Toady, for this challenge and I was quite taken by his comments in response to my poem. Toady eventually found it’s way into Michelle’s first poetry anthology The Best of Today’s Little Ditty, 2014-2015.
I have one additional poem I’ve written in Lee’s honor and another poem of his that I’m sharing, they are both titled SPRING.
My poem below address Spring’s reluctant weather here in Chicago. Though some where off the wild and windy breezes of our grand Lake Michigan, Mother Nature graced us with a few lovely hours of Spring like weather, hope it returns again soon!
And won’t wait
©2018 Michelle Kogan
By Lee Bennett Hopkins
Read the rest of Lee’s poem at Poetry for Children!
For National Poetry Month, I’ve been busy writing poems and reading poems on blogs and, there just aren’t enough hours in the day, maybe I’ll have to give up on sleep for the rest of the month… On my blog I’ve been focusing on flora and fauna Here’s a list of the poems I’ve posted so far:
Poem one– DEAR APRIL
Poem two–Haiku Azaleas
Poem three–ODE TO SHUN LEE
Poem four–Haiku Daffodils
Poem five–APRIL’S MYSTERIES
Poem six–APRIL’S BUDS
Poem seven–A LOVELY BEETLE
Poem eight–CHANGES IN NATURE
Poem nine-HURRY SPRING
Poem 10-ANIMAL TRACKS
Poem 11-APRIL SNAKE
Poem 12-Haiku NARCISSUS
You can also visit Jama at Jama’s Alphabet Soup for a detailed description and links of other poetry blogs featuring poems for National Poetry Month Kidlitosphere Roundup.
Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Robyn! She’s concocting more Birthday Celebrations for Lee Bennett Hopkins, and has also spearheaded our posts in his direction.
Those birds! Thanks for this wild ruckus of Spring celebrations in Lee’s honor, Michelle – beautiful post!
Thanks Robyn–Glad to see so many passing the celebration torch around for Lee on Poetry Friday!
Your painting is fabulous, Michelle, and I loved your special poem plus the other extras, too. The “Stir them
In a Pan” is terrific!
Thanks Linda–the celebration was a grand idea!
Michelle, your “birthday bash” is fabulous. I love the birthday birds!
Thanks Alice, I let Lee’s inspiration guide me!
Thanks Alice, I let Lee’s inspiration guide me!
I love this party in word and bird! Such a magnificent gift, Michelle…for all of us! xx
Thanks Amy, he’s such an inspiration for me and many more, it’s a pleasure shining more light on him!
Your party birds are the BEST, Michelle! Fab celebration poem, too. Thanks for everything in this festive post. 🙂
Thanks Jama, it’s fun creating posts for special poets!
I love the art, and your restless spring-watching. What a fun party, today. I hope LBH stops by a few places.
Thanks Brenda, help yourself to a bit of the birdies wee berry cake!
I couldn’t take the bird’s cake! 🙂 I’ll hold out for an oreo.
😉 How considerate of you!
Your poem is a glorious celebration of words–and I love the cheery birds! Here in Wisconsin, we’re watching for signs of spring, too. I hope it appears soon!
Thanks JoAnn, here’s hoping our Spring finds it’s way into the midwest soon!
What happy party birds! And fun poems to match.
Hip Hip Hooray! What a jubilant day! If I wasn’t already in a celebratory mood, I surely would be now. 😀 Thanks for sharing yours and Lee’s poems—you sound pretty ready for spring to arrive, girl! And many thanks also for the link love. I remember first reading Lee’s comment on Toady and thinking how very special that was.
Thanks Michelle–and what a wonderfully grand poet to celebrate! 😉
Like several others, I love the birds! I’m blown away by people who have so, so many talents. And like you, I keep going out to check my plants. We have been swinging wildly between days with the temperature in the 70’s and days in the 30’s and snow. We need the moisture, but the spring flowers are not handling it very well.
Both yours & Lee’s poems are a welcome sign of spring, Michelle – and I love your Yellow-breasted Hopkins Warblers!
Hip, hip hurrah! for Lee and for all the poetry he has inspired over the years. I think spring in Indiana must be playing with spring in Chicago. She’s definitely a tease this year.
Your poem celebrates LBH in great style, wonderful word choice, and awesome alliteration. I saw how you all are getting another snow storm. Ugh! Enough! Time for spring.
Man, Michelle–somehow you really bring home what a full-time job April is for us children’s poetry people! I love your fanfare of a poem and everything about this. Thanks for reminding me about that math anthology….
All fabulously fun, Michelle. Such lovely tributes for Lee this week! And, yes, it’s taking an eternity for spring to get here. It is sleeting outside as I glance out the window. Enough!
Michelle, this post is full of all my favorite things: words, birds, and poetry! Your celebratory birds are delightful, as is your poem honoring Lee. If you see spring, let me know. It’s missing from Connecticut, too!