The years have passed quickly between newborn wonder and three-years of age. When I saw photos of my little granddaughter rock climbing (one of her favorite outings) with the T-shirt label, Young, Wild, & Three, I knew that line captured her spirit. So, inspired by these photos and a T-shirt, I took my digital pen in hand and created an after-birthday poem.
With purple being Sierra's favorite color and lilacs a flower that brings me back to my own childhood, I created a golden shovel poem using poet Amy Lowell's poem, Lilacs, and the strike line, "You are the smell of all Summers." If you read downward from the first line end word, you will see the strike line emerge.
I see you
as you are
laughing in the
woods, whiffing the smell
of pine, searching for wonders of
delight. There is a warm touch of love in all
your smiles and hugs. I long for our endless summers.
It's the Poetry Friday Roundup at Tricia Stohr Hunt's Miss Rumphius Effect blog,
so join me as I share my tribute to Sierra there.
Note to Kathryn Apel, poet:
While I initially chose Amy Lowell's poem for your #PoetryPepUp Day 5 Challenge, I struggled to create a golden shovel poem from one of her beautiful but challenging lines. It is still in the apple polishing phase. When I reread the poem and found the strike line above and paired them with the Google Photos in Sierra's album, I was energized to create a photo collage poem.)
This is wonderful. How cool that your grand daughter has such a personalized birthday message. You know how much I love cards and card crafting! This earns an A++ from me....young, wild & three is perfect!ReplyDelete
Thanks for waking up early to join me at my blog, Linda. I think I will turn my digital card into a paper one for Sierra so she can hold the card and listen while I read it. I would also like to learn how to make paper collage cards like you do so well. Enjoy your weekend.Delete
Such a treasure of a golden shovel, Carol. I adore that you could write something so personal and child-centred in this form. And beautifully matched up with your little wild one. (Who shares my name.😍)ReplyDelete
Kat, my little wild is such a package of love and delight that when I see her I am so engaged. She is a reader beside a climber and loves your book about Amber, your dear sweet cow whom I know you adored. Thanks for commenting on my golden shovel photo collage poem.Delete
Carol I love both your poem and photo collage. What a lovely keepsake for your granddaughter.ReplyDelete
I can't wait to read the poem to Sierra at my next visit. She enjoys seeing photos of herself and knows how to click the camera for a selfie. Toddler Magic!Delete
How I love the joy of that line, "You are the smell of all summers," linked to the joy of your granddaughter captured here so magnificently in photos and lilac! I long for endless grandma-granddaughter summers, too.ReplyDelete
Here's to endless grandma-granddaughters summers, Fran! I am not scheduled to visit my little sweeties until mid-July but the photo album and videos keep me in touch.Delete
Beautiful poem and photo collage. Sierra is such a beautiful child -- can't believe she's three already. Your words are steeped in such love and warmth.ReplyDelete
...and now I have a second granddaughter, Aurora, 5-months-old, to bathe in love, Jama. Thank you for your positivity.Delete
Sierra so precious and I love the tee shirt. She will inspire you, I am sure, forever, to write poems like this lovely golden shovel. Thank your for sharing it and your photos.ReplyDelete
Janice, thank you for stopping by. I am always inspired by what I see Sierra do and now I can be inspired by 5-month old Aurora who is such a smiler. I have a beautiful photo of the two of them that I want to find another poem to capture a golden shovel line.Delete
Your photo/poem pairing captures Sierra's "young, wild, and three" spirit to a 'tee'. (see what I did there? hee-hee) Thanks for sharing your wee one's joy. :)ReplyDelete
Three year olds are wonders of summer, too, Carol. This is a most special birthday post she will love now & when she's older, too. Happy Birthday to Sierra!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Linda, for your special thoughts and wishes for both Sierra and me. It is amazing to watch the interactions between Sierra and Aurora now as they grow.Delete
What a fabulous strike line, Carol and such a beautiful poem! Your love for your granddaughter shines through. I especially love, "I see you/as you are/laughing in the/ woods"ReplyDelete
Hard to believe Sierra is three… Where does the time slip away to… Gorgeous golden shovel, so full of life and your young Sierra, and engaging imagery. What a wonderful line you built your poem from, thanks!ReplyDelete
Michelle, thank you for visiting and providing such a glow statement (I'm using lingo that I expect my grad students to use next week). After many tries with other strike lines, this one suited me just fine.Delete
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