Poetry Friday: Ars Poetica by Georgia Heard

August 13th, 2010

Hello! Welcome to our blog on this lovely Poetry Friday! Thanks for stopping by!

As a special treat today, we have an original poem by poet, teacher, and professional book author Georgia Heard titled Ars Poetica. Enjoy and leave your links below!

Ars Poetica
by Georgia Heard

In September, small poems lay
still and silent inside your hearts.
If you listened carefully,
you might have heard
the quivering of wings.

In January, from the corner
of your eye, you could have spied
a flutter or two –
poems slowly unfolding,
delicate silken wings.

In April, poems began to appear everywhere!
Rainbow wings beating, flapping,
hovering over desks, hanging
from the ceiling, tips of noses, tops of heads.
It was difficult to get any work done!

Now, your butterfly poems
fly free. You fold the memory
into your hearts. Poems —
small butterflies raised, watched,
let loose into the world.

Entry Filed under: Poetry Friday

18 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mary Lee  |  August 13th, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Thanks for this Georgia Heard gem! Perfect for the start of the school year,when my new “poems” are yet to be met!

  • 2. Laura Shovan  |  August 13th, 2010 at 6:02 am

    Thank you for sharing. I’m starting my school poetry residencies soon. What great inspiration in this poem.

  • 3. Diane Mayr  |  August 13th, 2010 at 6:31 am

    Rainbow wings beating, flapping,
    hovering over desks, hanging
    from the ceiling, tips of noses, tops of heads.

    Great image! Thanks for sharing this one.

  • 4. laurasalas  |  August 13th, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Love this poem–that first stanza, especially. I think small poems lie in every kid’s heart, and it’s magical when they set them free. Thanks for sharing.

  • 5. Toby Speed  |  August 13th, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Thanks for hosting Poetry Friday and for reminding us of all the poems yet to take flight!

  • 6. jama  |  August 13th, 2010 at 8:06 am

    What a perfect poem and image! Love them :).

    Thanks for hosting this week.

  • 7. Elaine Magliaro  |  August 13th, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Thanks for doing the roundup this week! Love you Poetry Friday selection by Georgia Heard.

  • 8. Little Willow  |  August 13th, 2010 at 10:25 am

    I do love the butterflies.

    I posted a sleepy poem at Slayground for a Friday morning!

  • 9. Susan T.  |  August 13th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Thank you for hosting!

    I’m in with a re-run of a note on Janet Wong’s book “Knock on Wood.”

  • 10. B.J. Lee  |  August 13th, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous poem by Georgia Heard. It stunned me with its beauty!

  • 11. Kerry Aradhya  |  August 13th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    This is my first Poetry Friday, and it has been great so far! I LOVE the image at the top of your post today. Thanks for sharing, and for hosting!

  • 12. Laura Shovan  |  August 13th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    PF regulars — please stop by my friend Kerry’s new blog: http://kerryaradhya.blogspot.com/. This is her first Poetry Friday! Kerry is a fellow Maryland children’s poet. She’s going to be blogging at “Picture Books & Pirouettes” about dance-themed PBs.

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  • 14. Marjorie (PaperTigers)  |  August 13th, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Thank you for hosting – and for such a lovely poem. As usual, I am going to be thoroughly distracted overr the week-end reading through all the posms…

  • 15. Theresa  |  August 14th, 2010 at 10:55 am

    A day late and a dollar short! I think that is the way the saying goes. Being a big Georgia Heard fan, I love this poem and am sharing a poem written by Bobbi Katz that Heard included in Falling Down the Page. Thanks for hosting! http://lookingforthewritewords29.blogspot.com/2010/08/poetry-friday_14.html

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