Poem of the Week 43

Bed in Summer

Robert Louis Stevenson

 

In winter I get up at night

And dress by yellow candle-light.

In summer, quite the other way,

I have to go to bed by day.

 

I have to go to bed and see

The birds still hopping on the tree,

Or hear the grown-up people’s feet

Still going past me in the street.

 

And does it not seem hard to you,

When all the sky is clear and blue,

And I should like so much to play,

To have to go to bed by day?

Poem of the Week 41

More Than Enough

Marge Piercy

The first lily of June opens its red mouth.

All over the sand road where we walk

multiflora rose climbs trees cascading

white or pink blossoms, simple, intense

the scene drifting like colored mist.

 

The arrowhead is spreading its creamy

clumps of flower and the blackberries

are blooming in the thickets. Season of

joy for the bee. The green will never

again be so green, so purely and lushly

 

new, grass lifting its wheaty seedheads

into the wind. Rich fresh wine

of June, we stagger into you smeared

with pollen, overcome as the turtle

laying her eggs in roadside sand.

CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) 2017

Here is the 2017 shortlist:

  • Booked by Kwame Alexander
  • Wonderland: Alice in Poetry Ed. Michaela Morgan
  • Moon Juice by Kate Wakeling, illus. Elina Braslina
  • Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots by Michael Rosen, illus. David Tazzyman
  • Zim Zam Zoom! by James Carter, illus. Nicola Colton

The winner will be announced on 14 July 2017 at the National Theatre, London

See more at:

https://www.clpe.org.uk/poetry/clippa-centre-literacy-primary-poetry-award