Tuesday, May 6, 2008

What's Your Motto?

It's graduation time, and you are probably receiving announcements from the Class of 2008. Class officers no doubt labored over choices for class colors, flower, and motto, offering selections for class votes.

My class had a choice of three, each of which had its fans who offered impassioned pleas to choose their favorite. In the end, we chose "The world will stop to let anyone pass who knows where he is going." The words were strung in two lines across the top of the stage the night of graduation, and we proudly sat beneath them in our caps and gowns. Not until the yearbook came out did we discover something perhaps more truthful. The page showing the graduates on stage had cut off the top line of the motto. The words above us in the photo were "Who Knows Where He is Going?"

Friday, May 2, 2008

Never Enough Poetry

Don't say goodbye to poetry just because National Poetry Month is over! Enjoy poetry year 'round by visiting poetry sites. A few favorites are listed below:

Poetry for Children blog http://poetryforchildren.blogspot.com/ features new poems and poetry books for children.

Representative Poetry Online http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/display/ is sponsored by the University of Toronto, Canada, and holds a large, searchable catalog of poets and poems.

Children's Haiku Garden http://homepage2.nifty.com/haiku-eg/ offers original haiku by children from around the world, many with accompanying artwork.

Giggle Poetry http://www.gigglepoetry.com/ is a fun site for humorous children's poems written by such favorite kids' poets as Bruce Lansky, Kenn Nesbitt, and Eric Ode.

Poets.org http://www.poets.org/ has poetry and a wealth of information about poetry. This site also sponsors A Poem a Day, which sends you a poem a day via email. Sign up here: http://www.poets.org/poemADay.php

These are just the top of the iceberg. Get online or go to your library to find more poetry.