March Madness. Congratulations to all those moving forward! And congratulations to everyone who didn't. Because without a second place, there can't be a first.
In your honor, I'd like to share below a great poem about the seconds of the world written by a wonderful poet I've been fortunate enough to meet and work with and publish in Birmingham Arts Journal.
But before I get to that: just six spots left on the April calendar for the KidLit Progressive Poem! Please join us! (Click the link for last week's sign up post.) And don't forget to visit a real champion for poetry Greg at Gotta Book for Poetry Friday Roundup!
by Robert Boliek
American astronomer and pioneer in the design
and construction of airplanes... He invented
the bolometer, used to determine the intensity
of solar radiation.
- Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia
The bicycle brothers were not alone: he too
had dreams heavier than air, envied the birds,
grew crow's feet staring squint-eyed at that blue,
unbroken sky. (Maybe he dreamed of the words
they'd write the day that Langley mastered flight.)
Then the bad news came (dateline: Outer Banks) --
how two Ohio boys had done all right,
had gotten it to fly, the glory, and the thanks.
So Samuel Pierpont Langley, who once had caught
evanescing sunbeams in a magic jar,
became a footnote overnight --a naught--
despite his dreaming well and going far.
May I reserve this space for those who place --
For the Langleys who make the race a race?
Click here to learn more about Langley.