Tuesday, April 12, 2011

National Poetry Month: sun

I'm weeding the poetry section at the library right now. (Well, to be more accurate, we're weeding all of our juvenile nonfiction, 600-biographies, having recently finished 000-500. I was randomly assigned the shelves that house most of our 811s.)

Anyway, in my scouring of the shelves, I came across three small volumes by Valerie Worth. Each is illustrated by Natalie Babbitt! Small pen-and-ink drawings perfectly accompany small poems about the everyday.

Today's poem is from the first in the series, Small Poems. Although it's out of print, it looks like the entire series has been reprinted into one volume--All the Small Poems and Fourteen More.


The sun
Is a leaping fire
Too hot
To go near,

But it will still
Lie down
In warm yellow squares
On the floor

Like a flat
Quilt, where
The cat can curl
And purr.

Book Provided by... my local library

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1 comment:

Kate Coombs said...

Hooray! All the Small Poems and Fourteen More is one of the best books in my library, with more good poems per square inch than just about any other one-poet collection I've read. "Dog" is another stand-out. Thanks for sharing this poem!