Poetry Friday: Summer's Song
Welcome to the Poetry Friday round-up on the ridge! I am excited to be hosting this week. I can't wait to read all your offerings! Just hook up your link at the bottom of the post.
Now that summer has been unleashed here on the ridge, I find myself wanting to spend my days outdoors having fun in the sun. I especially enjoy taking in the sights and sounds of summer evenings. I like to flip back in my notebook to all my summer entries. They are filled with memories, observations, and all things summer-esque. As I was reading, a few lines from the pages of my notebook merged and inspired me to write my poem offering this week. I wish you all a lovely summer's song all season long!
Invitation to Write:
As a writer, one of my favorite things to do is to sift back through the pages of my notebook from time to time. This helps me find balance and inspiration for future projects or poems. Sometimes, lifting a line or two from your notebook can renew your writing life. I invite you to time travel back into your notebook as well. What stands out to you? Jot down some of your thinking and reflect on your writing journey so far. Lift a line or two. Copy those lines on a new page. Do you notice any connections? Try writing from those lines to see what emerges.
6/7/2018 11:51:10 am
Such a sensuous poem, Kiesha - love the combination of natural imagery with the human body, from the sky and the gulf and the coastline and the breeze, to skin, hands, waists. I feel like I'm there!
6/7/2018 02:36:08 pm
Your poem sounds lovely Kiesha, I'd like to step right into it! I can smell the salty sea breeze among the "white caps," thanks for transporting us to the "gulf!"
Mary Lee Hahn
6/7/2018 04:16:53 pm
Thanks for hosting! Your poem took me right to a beach! Ahh....
6/7/2018 04:19:50 pm
What a lovely summer poem, Kiesha. "mystical moonlit interludes" --Ahhhh.... I can feel it beckoning to me! Thanks also for the reminder/invitation to "sift" through my notebooks. I'm looking forward to doing this once summer starts, aka once school is out. Thanks for hosting this week!
6/7/2018 05:10:39 pm
6/7/2018 05:22:39 pm
Oh my, you've made me want to run down the walk to the ocean this very minute. The poem captures my experience, those "friends parading down the coastline/holding hands in the soft sea breeze." Thanks for hosting, Kiesha, & for the reminder to look back at our notebooks for new ideas!
6/7/2018 06:10:52 pm
I don't keep a notebook, but I do put bits and pieces on sticky notes and old envelopes. I should flip through some of the accumulated paper and see what I do with it! Have a great weekend, Kiesha!
6/7/2018 06:29:08 pm
oooooh, Diane.....I'd love a pile of your old sticky notes. I'll bet they would be a treasure trove of material. Your comment makes me giggle....in a good way. I love what you write.
6/7/2018 06:48:52 pm
6/7/2018 08:14:42 pm
Thank you for hosting! Your poem reminds me of the warm nights here along the Florida side of the Gulf. I hope you have a wonderful, adventure-filled summer!
6/7/2018 09:49:53 pm
Kiesha, I enjoyed hearing about summer at the ridge-Gulf coast, a different perspective from Long Island beaches at the Atlantic Ocean. Please save this sensory poem. After I unveil my Sense-sational Spring Gallery, I will announce the summer gallery. Love this thought, mystical moonlight interludes. This week I was sharing my nondigital notebook stuffed with scraps of papers and asking teachers to create a digital notebook. It is fun reviewing past thoughts as seeds of ideas to grow a poem.
6/7/2018 11:19:29 pm
Kiesha, Reading your summery thoughts and observances on the coldest day so far in our Australian winter has me slightly off balance. Love your urgings to reread notebook entries. There is so much treasure lying inside the pages of earlier notebooks. We must go rummaging and excavating to see what's back there. Good advice.
6/8/2018 03:01:54 am
Thank you for hosting today, Kiesha! Your poem is lovely and reminds me of summers in Rhode Island when I was a kid.
6/8/2018 04:50:11 am
Hi Kiesha! Thank you for rounding us up from the ridge and for bringing us summer via the ocean! I spent summers growing up at my grandparents' place on the Florida panhandle... magical indeed! I definitely see the value in revisiting our notebooks. I love what I learn about myself when I flip back. xo
6/8/2018 06:07:47 am
Thank you for hosting! Happy Friday, and happy summer!
6/8/2018 06:41:33 am
Kiesha, it's lovely -- I feel like I'm there. So serene!
6/8/2018 07:30:12 am
Like, Diane, I write on scridges of paper most of the time. Then I pile them up, misplace them, find them the next year, then repeat the process. Often though they do get put into poems or spur me in the direction of a poem. It is fun to read older bits of thoughts!
Oh, what a delightful summer song! Your poem just continues the fun we had yesterday with summer posts at Spiritual Journey First Thursday. Your mention of the gulf horizon took me back to Texas (we lived there for 11 years). And then I had to read your bio on the blog to see if we were talking/thinking about the same gulf. I love your invitation to revisit our notebooks. I'm trying to use mine more this summer so there will be more to revisit in the future.
6/8/2018 10:43:28 am
Kiesha, Your poem reflects my experience this week as I accompanied my daughter on a business trip to the Florida beach. I played while she worked. It was wonderful. Thanks for hosting. You've inspired me to look back into my notebooks for any gems hiding there.
6/8/2018 12:06:11 pm
Lovely poem about a favorite spot - near the water. You are a keen observer of your surroundings. Love the images you evoked! Thank you!
6/9/2018 03:57:45 am
Love your beautiful summer poem. Thank you for sharing and for hosting this week's round up.
6/10/2018 04:08:21 am
Hi, Kiesha--Thank you for hosting, and for the reminder that all that jotting and recording we do in our notebooks is FODDER! I can see how your notes from different places and times fed that poem. I especially like the last half, the ocean-coastline half. Time to to get to the beach!
6/11/2018 04:42:27 am
Thank you for hosting and for putting me in a summery mood! Notebooks are such good friends. :) xx
8/24/2018 05:27:59 am
Kiesha, can I capture this poem for my summer gallery, "The Art of Summering"? It fits quite well with the theme. Thanks.
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Welcome! I'm Kiesha Shepard, and I have a love for writing and the teaching of writing. Whispers From the Ridge is a place where I can share my words and ideas for teaching writing. It's also a place for you to find inspiration for writing the words inside of you. I invite you into my world of writing as I capture the whispers from the ridge.
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