It's been a busy month for me so far, as I'm sure it has been for all of you! I'm currently in Montgomery, Alabama, where Charles Waters and I are presenting with other fine authors at Alabama Book Festival. So I will keep my comments brief!
Have you seen the sweet book POETREE by Shauna Lavoy Reynolds, illus. by Shahrzad Maydani? A girl writes a poem to a tree... and the tree writes back!
Before we get to that, click here Read why in my introductory post. Thank you so much for the comments on the series so far... you are helping me keep the happy juices flowing!
Poems so far:
Girl in a Yellow Dress after "A Girl in a Yellow Dress, 1917" by Amedeo Modigliani
When the Stars Come to Town after "Cafe Terrace at Night" by Vincent van Gogh
On a Golden Day in May after "Checkered House" by Grandma Moses
Beach Time after "Children Playing on the Beach" by Mary Cassatt
Backstage after "Dancers in Green and Yellow" by Edgar Degas.
"So Many Suns" after Kohbar of Mithila
Today's piece is "Olive Trees with Yellow Sky and Sun" by Vincent van Gogh.
To an Olive Tree
- after "Olive Trees with Yellow Sky and Sun" by Vincent van Gogh
You sit squat and happy,
your gnarled branches
reaching across blazing sun,
and herds of grazing goats.
You say, shine on me!
Come, or don't come.
For the hungry, you drop fruit.
For the troubled, you offer
a balm of oil.
For me, you share
a fallen twig
shaped exactly like a smile.
I spread my quilt
beneath your limbs
and rest for a while.
- Irene Latham