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Of course you know it’s Poetry Month
but do you know that
the wonderful and
mouth-wateringly
delicious Jama Rattigan
has herded poet bloggers
in the Kidlitosphere onto
her site  this month?

Thank you, Jama!

 

(And check out my group blog,
TeachingAuthors.com!
Every Friday when we talk
poetry, poetry, poetry!)

 

I write a poem each day; during Poetry Month 2015 I’m sharing *PPPs 
Welcome to Poetry Month 2015!

Eli and I will be feeding you one PPP per day for Poetry Month this year.  What is a PPP, you ask?  A *Previously Published Poem.  I have so many poems in so many anthologies, books and magazines, Eli thought I should snap a leash on one each day this month and give it a walk around the block.  So that’s what we’re doing this year.  Enjoy!

(once you click on the title of the poem to the right,
the post shows up below ↓ )

Eli thinking deep, poetic thoughts…

April 14

SAYS THE SEAGULL


SAYS THE SEAGULL
by April Halprin Wayland

Who are these people on my pier?
I sail above them, then fly near.

They’re singing, marching up the pier
I think they did the same last year.

A father gives his girl some bread…
he smoothes her hair then bows his head.

She watches waves, then tosses crumbs.
I dive, I catch, I swallow…yum!

A celebration on my pier—
I think I’ll meet them every year!

Note: Tashlich (pronounced tash-leek or tash-lich) is celebrated during the Jewish New Year. In my hometown, we walk in a big, singing crowd to the pier, where we toss small pieces of bread into the sea for each mistake we made this past year. We say, “L’shanah Tovah!” which means “Good New Year!”  See also my picture book, New Year at the Pier–a Rosh Hashanah Story, winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award for Younger Readers.

published in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations, by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, 2015

2013 MB Taslich (13)

singing our way up the pier on Rosh Hashanah
(c) April Halprin Wayland

a moment of quiet before tossing bread for Tashlich
(c) April Halprin Wayland

 

poem © 2015 April Halprin Wayland. All rights reserved

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