Friday, January 10, 2014

Poetry Friday: Brrrrrr

Firemen work in arctic temperatures to put out a recent fire in Chicago....

I know, I know, enough about the weather, the polar vortex, the wind chill, the snow, right? But for Poetry Friday this week, I can't resist sharing a weather poem. Here's one written by Anonymous, who wrote so many wonderful poems:


Whether the weather be fine
Or whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be not,
We'll weather the weather
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not.

                               - Anonymous

I'm sending a hug and hello to all my sweet colleagues and friends gathering today at the January 2014 Writing for Children and Young Adults residency at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
VCFA - College Hall in the Snow

Hope you have a ball over the next ten days, and that you hear the usual bunch of fascinating lectures, and that the sun up in a bright blue sky shines down on all that snow, and that you have many exciting conversations about writing. Pause for at least a few cups of good hot cocoa!

And for those of you interested in the poetry of Marie Ponsot, here's a link to my latest essay at Numero Cinq ("Marie Ponsot: Wandering Still")  in which I take a look at her work, her choices and her life. She's a wonderful poet - one of my favorites - and truly deserves a wider audience. You'll find examples of several of her fine poems in my essay.

Marie Ponsot with five of her seven children....
The Poetry Friday round-up this week is being hosted over at Mainely Write. Head over there to see what other people are sharing.


  1. I'll have to check out your article on Marie Ponset when I get home from work later. I saw her in 2010 at the Dodge Poetry Festival. I thought she was wonderful.

  2. Whether I like it or not, weather bad or good, my one little word, chosen last week, is 'wander', & simply reading the poems throughout Poetry Friday sharings, I have found references to more than one "wander". I like the anonymous poem, too, but will run over to read your essay about this poet I don't know, Julie. Thank you!

  3. I'm thinking that weather poem will be a good one for a word study on weather/whether! Thank you, and good ol' Anonymous, who, as you say, has written quite a few great poems!

    I love that photo of Marie Ponset. SEVEN kids and still a poet. Wow. I'm off to read your essay....

  4. I have always loved that poem about winter. And I so wish I could be in Vermont at that NFA program. Sigh…maybe once I retire.

  5. I know this poem! I love this too. Kind of reminds me of the song Que Sera Que Sera. Whatever will be, will be. Hope you're all safe whatever the weather! :)

  6. Anonymous sure has written some great poems, and this is one of them! You always have something interesting to share! Thank you!

  7. Thank you for Marie Ponset. Loved your essay. Checked out the two books our library system owns. Many poems tabbed to copy into my notebook!