Poetry Friday – Irma Checklist

It’s Friday! And you know what that means: Poetry! Want to know more about Poetry Friday? Click this link right here. And be sure to check out Matt’s blog, Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme to see this week’s round up of wonderful poetry related posts, blogs and goodness.
(If you’re curious how my art for Art Drop Day turned out, you can see it here)

Hello Everyone! Quick post today as I still have a little bit of prep to get ready for Hurricane Irma. I am about an hour and a half South of Tampa, along the coast, so unless the storm veers way West, we should be okay (I hope).

This will be my children’s first hurricane and my daughter is a bit freaked out. We’re trying to calm her nerves by having her help plan a hurricane party for once the power goes out. We’ll have candy, melting ice cream (because it’ll just go bad), games, and a whole pile of books from the library. That’s where I got the idea for my poem this week. Books, books and more books!

Just a quick aside so people don’t think I’m making light of a serious situation. Well, I guess I am–a little. It’s how I deal with the stresses. But rest assured, we are trying to prepare the best we can and our thoughts will be with all those who will be impacted by the storm.

Irma Checklist
Holly Black and R.L. Stine,
Yolen, Seuss, and Esenwine
The latter brought us bright flashlights
To read the books through stormy nights.
Sendak, Dahl and Judy Blume
Get us through impending doom.
E.B. White and Mrs. Cleary
Rid the air of all that’s dreary.
While Irma shouts in all her rage

We’ll visit new lands on each page.

*A funny aside: I included Matt in the poem because I know his book, Flashlight Night, is coming out very soon. What I did not know, until after the poem was written and I was writing the blog post, is that he is hosting this week’s Poetry Friday! So it’s a double whammy. Congrats on the book, Matt!

26 thoughts on “Poetry Friday – Irma Checklist

  1. Stay safe through the storm. I like your approach to plan but also defuse the stress through humor. I hope those books stay high and dry along with the rest of your family.


  2. What a fun mom you are, planning a hurricane party! Love your poem, especially that “Cleary / dreary” rhyme. I send thoughts and prayers your way from way across the continent, where we are watching Irma's progress via our weather-peoples' satellite images and projections. Stay safe!


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