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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Poetry Friday! Yay!

Welcome to Poetry Friday from Coastal Maine!  I'm so excited to be hosting my first Poetry Friday.  You may link directly below by clicking "Add Your Link".  You may comment in comments also, if you like, but I won't be putting up links from there.  Just click on the links to go to the poetry site and let them know you read their post!
Did I mention that I'm excited?  Never tried this before.  This is up early, so if you need to post earlier than Friday...feel free!

November

October is gone and
Summer's long past
It's not yet December
With winter's white cast
It's plain old November
No leaves and no snow
Don't want it to stay
Just want it to go.
No sandals, no beach 
The sun isn't bright;
No snowmen, no boots
The time isn't right.
It's too cold for one,
Too hot for the other;
No wonder November
Is so much a bother.
I so wish November
Could be more like spring
And we could be happy
With what it would bring.

62 comments:

  1. Thanks, Donna! We've posted a little voting booth poem @ SNICKERS

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    1. If you want to click on the red x by your post with (SNICKERS) in the url, it will just delete that post for you. I see that you fixed it in another spot already. Great picture!!! And great poem, to go with it.

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    2. Thanks again, Donna! What a great response you received this week! Thanks for the tip on deleting my broken link. Glad you like the poem and pic!

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  2. Hi, Donna! Thank you for hosting. I hope you have a great time with it! I'm not a summer person, so I'm loving the cooler, November weather.

    My election-themed post is an interview with poet Tony Medina. His newest book for children is "The President Looks Like Me and Other Poems."

    http://authoramok.blogspot.com/2012/11/poetry-friday-president-looks-like-me.html

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    1. I'm not a summer person either, so the hot part was just an exaggeration of sorts...poetic license...I'm really happy it isn't hot! I guess I just don't like the gray days so much.

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  3. But I like November...
    It has Thanksgiving!

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    1. It does have that going for it! Relatives are converging on my home this year, and I'm really looking forward to that part of the month!

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  4. I'm already looking forward to spring! Thanks for sharing - and for hosting!

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    1. I may have to write a daffodil poem just to spruce up my attitude!

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  5. Thanks for hosting, Donna! Those in-between months are hard. Spring is actually my least favorite here in Minnesota because it's all brown and muddy. Not quite the beauty of winter, and not quite the loveliness of very early summer before it turns too hot:>)

    I'm in with a poem from Marilyn Singer's A Strange Place to Call Home.
    http://laurasalas.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/fish-in-the-air/

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    1. Yeah, and spring in Minnesota brings way too many ticks! We lived out there for 10 years a long while back. Too cold AND too hot there! But great people!

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  6. Thanks for hosting, Donna. "November" is rhythmical with lots of contrasting images. But I like the bare trees against a stark sky - for a while anyway! It's nice to see their bones.

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    1. The other neat thing about seeing tree bones, is that you can see through the forest so much farther. I see houses that I'd forgotten were tucked away down a driveway.

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  7. Hi, Donna - Thanks for hosting! Well, fall is probably my favorite season, and it's still colorful right now. I'll be lamenting the weather in February.

    I have a link to my poetry column on Janice Hardy's blog, where I'm exploring the use of poetry in fiction. (With thanks to Joyce Ray, above, who let me share some nuggets of a previuos post on her blog!) http://www.robynhoodblack.com/blog.htm?post=882173

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    1. Now, see, February I'm a bit happier with. It's a short month, and then it is March. And in March, any snow just doesn't last long. Love fall...just give me October!

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  8. Hi Donna! November's not so bad! All my posts will be up at 12:01 AM. I realized I made a typo on one, the blog is Random Noodling, not Noodline! Thanks for hosting this week, I hope you enjoy the task.

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    1. I can't seem to fix the typo on this end, but if you really want to fix it, just click on the red x by your post and repost it. Only if you want to, though. It doesn't appear to affect anything. I'll check in tomorrow!

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  9. Thank you for hosting, Donna. I find much to love in November -- often we don't get much leaf color here in central Alabama UNTIL November! Happy day to you!!

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    1. Ahhh, so that's where the colors go!!!

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  10. November is my birthday month :)!

    Today I'm celebrating Peanut Butter Lover's Month -- I invite everyone to vote for their favorite brand of peanut butter and submit a peanut butter poem.

    Thanks for hosting, Donna. Have a nice weekend!

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    1. Well, November can't be ALL bad then, if it's your BD month! Hmmm. I'll have to check out the peanut butter page and see if a poem pops up in my brain!

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  11. That's a fun poem. I love the short punchy sentences. I know what you mean about November it's a bit in limbo. In October you get the beautiful colours and leaves falling and November they are slushy on the ground and it's starting to get cold. At least there's Halloween though.

    I'll try and do the link, I don't have much luck with those. My first vlog as a witch :)

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    1. Looks like you linked just fine. Nice job on the poem and reading! Loved it.

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  12. Hello Donna!

    It's such a delight having you host Poetry Friday this week. Congratulations on your hosting debut! I love the poem you shared, although I have to disagree with it. It is sweet November for me. My boyfriend is finally coming home from his duty in Japan. So yay for that. The weather is still pretty chill here in San Diego. Not too cold, although my wool socks are ready in case I need them! Haha. Thanks again for hosting Poetry Friday. Hope you're having a blast!

    -Fats

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    1. Ah, November does sound sweet for you! I imagine a San Diego November is a bit different from a Maine November - but keep those socks handy, just in case.

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  13. Love the poem, but I do like November, mostly because of Thanksgiving, a holiday I love. And I suppose many people think it's a quiet month because of all the challenges happening, like NaNoRiMo, etc. Thanks for a great post, and for hosting Donna!

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    1. Thanksgiving is the best part about November. I forgot to mention the time change this weekend...I especially don't like the time change!

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  14. Thank you so much for hosting, Donna! It's wonderful to have you! And I hope that November tucks in some goodness for you. Those in-between seasons are kind of funny sometimes, I have to agree. Over at The Poem Farm, I have a post up from Tuesday...a visit with Dee Michel, Eve Merriam's son. Otherwise, The Poem Farm is taking a brief holiday as I do a bit of work for a professional book about poetry. Happy PF! a.

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    1. Sounds like an exciting "holiday" for you! Thanks for sneaking out to post!

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    2. Amy, I couldn't get your link to work.

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    3. Joy, it worked for me. Maybe try it again. Don't know why it wouldn't work.

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  15. Thanks for hosting ! Hope your November is better than expected. As Mother to a November baby it’s a good month at our house.

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    1. Now see, having a baby in November would have made a huge difference! It's too late for that, but maybe I'll have a November grandchild some day. That would make it special!

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  16. Thanks for hosting Donna! Nice poem! It describes November to a tee.
    Love your photo of the Maine islands. We spend August there every year. So beautiful (even in November :-)

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    1. At least there are plenty of pine, spruce, hemlock and cedar, so the green doesn't totally abandon us!

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  17. I love the poem about November. I don't know that the pinky is working for me. Here's my link: http://maclibrary.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/poetry-friday-walt-whitman-and-blog-the-vote/

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    1. Thanks! I checked, and your link works fine!

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  18. Your lovely November poem reminded me of another November poem, written by Thomas Hood about foggy, grey London Novembers (though he could just as well have been writing about Seattle Novembers):

    November
    By Thomas Hood

    No sun - no moon!
    No morn - no noon -
    No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day.
    No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
    No comfortable feel in any member -
    No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
    No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! -
    November!

    My poetry friday poems (an original and a classic) are at http://www.1000poems.com

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    1. Wow! I'd never read that before! It's a lot like what I'd had in mind to write when I started...with lots of no's (how DO you write the plural of no?). Thanks for sharing that!

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  19. Thanks for hosting! Your November poem is spot-on! November is neither here nor there.

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    1. And it's so much darker suddenly it seems!

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  20. Hi Donna! Thanks for being such a great host! I love November, but I'm not sure why. :-)

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    1. It's okay if you like November. As we near the end of November I begin to like it more, thinking about Christmas cookies...

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  21. Thanks for hosting, Donna! I enjoyed the rhythm of your November poem. I always loved all seasons, but now that I live in Italy - where winters really ARE neither here nor there (what's the point of cold if there's no snow?!), I kind of wish it were always spring. :)

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    1. I must say I do like the extreme changes in seasons. And I agree, what's the sense in cold if there isn't snow?

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  22. Thanks for hosting, Donna!

    I'm not a fan of November, either. I've got Hood's No! that Vikram quoted earlier in the comment thread (great minds must think alike).

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    1. Funny that this poem should be mentioned twice for Poetry Friday, and I'd never heard of it before...Can you imagine someday in years to come having someone, or someones, posting your poem as one of their favorites! Now that would be awesome! Thanks for sharing No!

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  23. Donna, I tried to enter my link and for some reason it won't show, but it says I've already entered it. Maybe you can figure it out. Here's the link: http://dorireads.blogspot.com/2012/11/poetry-friday-if-song-could-be-president.html

    Thanks for hosting.

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    1. Well, I'm feeling silly. I was looking for the link at the bottom and found it finally at the top. Thanks for the November thoughts. I hope you find something special surprise you this month.

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    2. I'm sorry about that! I probably should have told people it would appear at the top! Thought that would be fun instead of having the later posters being last!

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  24. Thanks for hosting! Looks like a great list today -- can't wait to go read the posts!

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    2. I inadvertently posted my comment to Catherine on yours...a glitch in sign-ins with Blogger that wouldn't let me stop what I was doing when I realized I wasn't logged in as me!
      But I was just going to tell you that, yes, there are loads of lovely links here today! I've gotten to about a third of them and will press onwards until I have read them all!

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  25. Aw...love that! It's the opposite where I live though. We love November in the desert. :)

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    1. That's what I've heard! Maybe that's why so many people from the east head west in the winter...and stay!

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  26. I'm excited to share my first Poetry Friday post. Love your poem, it sums November up perfectly! Thanks for sharing and hosting.

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    1. Catherine, I think your url was too long, so it isn't linking. However, I just changed the parameters, so if you post this again, it should work. You can click the red x by the post in the inlinkz and it will delete the one that doesn't work. Then just make sure you have all of the url http://readingtothecore.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/poetry-friday-something-told-the-wild-geese/
      in the space. It didn't take it all before. This time you should be fine!

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  27. Hi Donna,
    Thanks so much for hosting this shindig. I'm in today with Whitman.
    http://missrumphiuseffect.blogspot.com/2012/11/poetry-friday-o-captain-my-captain.html
    Best,
    Tricia

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    1. Two Whitmans today! Thanks. For stopping by and sharing!

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  28. Hi Donna, thanks for hosting Poetry Friday! I am celebrating Picture Book Month with Poetry at http://mrsmerrillsbookbreak.blogspot.com/

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  29. It is a privilege to be on this list, Donna,
    It's an apple day in the orchard.
    www.Thevibrantchanneledcreator.wordpress.com
    Jeanne Poland

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