Friday, February 13, 2015

Poetry Friday is Here: Candy Hearts

I'm honored to be hosting Poetry Friday today.  What better weekend for poetry than the weekend of love?  If you love poetry, you'll want to come back throughout the day to see new updates.  If you're joining today with a poem or other poetry treasures, leave your link in the comments.  Across the day I will move them up into this post.


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Candy Hearts

Does anyone eat
candy hearts?
Or are they just small
confectionery candies
for conversation?

Cool dude,
charm me.
Let's do lunch
in style.

Chill out,
Sugar Pie.
XOXO,
BFF.

How many characters
are necessary
to know
the heart?
Colorful confections,
marvelous merriment,
However,
I prefer
    my calories
        in chocolate.

© Cathy L. Mere, 2015

Poets We Love
Elizabeth Barrett Browing:  Iphigene, at Gathering Books, shares Elizabeth Barrett Browning's, Sonnets from the Portuguese.

Todd Boss:  Friday the 13th and Valentine's Day in the same weekend?  At the Drift Record, Julie Larios shares Boss's, A Waltz for the Lovelorn.

e.e. cummings:  Mary Lee shares Love is a Place over at A Year of Reading.

More e.e. cummings:  Heidi shares [i carry your heart with me (i carry it in)] at My Juicy Little Universe.

Neal Levin:  Michelle Barnes shares Neal Levin's limerick:  Dinner with the Cannibals at Today's Little Ditty.  You're sure to chuckle over this one.

Eleanor Farjeon:  Becky Shillington shares a poem by her favorite poet for all of the book lovers out there (and I know you're out there!).  Stop by Tapestry of Words to enjoy:  Books (another alternative to candy and flowers).

Andrea Davis Pinkney:  At Live Your Poem, Irene Latham shares three poems from Pinkney's, The Red Pencil.

Nikki Giovanni:  Over at Kurious Kitty, Diane Mayr shares Giovanni's:  You Are There.

David Whyte:  Doraine Bennett shares Whyte's, The Lightest Touch, over at Dori Reads.

Valerie Worth:  Katie, at the Logonauts, shares Spider from Valerie Worth's collection illustrated by Steve Jenkins in Animal Poems.

Leonora Speyer:  Karen Edmisten shares Speyer's, A Gift, as she dreams of spring.

Calef Brown:  Tricia shares Brown's Birthday Lights as she celebrates her son's birthday (her brother's too) at The Miss Rumphius Effect.

James Schuyler:  At A Teaching Life, Tara Smith discusses February light and shares Schuyler's poem:  February.

Barbara Newhall Follett:  Stop by to read A Night at the Orchestra shared at Bildungsroman.


Loves We Miss 
In A Valentine of Sorts, Catherine Flynn shares an original poem in memory of her mother-in-law who would have been 77 over at Reading to the Core.

Tabatha Yeatts, at The Opposite of Indifference, shares An OCD Love Poem.  This performance poem video is quite powerful.  You won't want to miss it.

Over at Random Noodling, Diane Mayr shares a few haiga in memory of her cat, Smudgie:  Remembering.


Poems of Flowers and Nature for our Valentines
Missing spring?  Tired of snow?  Stop by Laura Purdie Salis's blog for a little bit of spring hope.  Laura shares her Why-ku poems, Why Can't I Fly?, from her new 30 Painless Classroom Poems book, Why-ku:  Poems of Wonder about the World.

Speaking of birds...you'll want to stop by Author Amok where a collection of poetry about mockingbirds, owls, and other feathered friends is growing during the 2015 Sound Poetry Project.  You can still join the fun!

You'll smile over these original poems of penguin love shared by Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche where you'll find a little poetry and a bit of writing magic.

Sitting near my glass doors, I glance out to see the sun is shining, but the snow still covers the ground.  I've always wondered how different it must seem to live in a place where winter means something different.  Stop by Book Seed Studio where Jan shares her original poem, Make Way for Winter Walking.  I think I want to spend my winter in her part of the world!

At Poetry for Kids, Joy shares a walk through her world and a poem written in triplets titled Rocks III.

I don't think Donna Smith thinks of the cold as her Valentine.  Living in Maine, she's been busy digging out from snow after snow.  Stop by Mainly Write where she shares the latest weather update and a heartfelt original poem, Cold Meet Cold.


Dear Valentine
Ruth wonders how, as a classroom teacher, she can ever compete for student attention with Valentine's Day on everyone's mind in her original Valentine Poem.

Dear Valentine, kindness abounds at your next stop.  Poems, links, and a giveaway are all featured in your stop at The Poem Farm where Amy LV shares her original poem:  Hearts.

Jone MacCulloch shares candy heart poetry created by students at Check It Out.

Oh, this one made me laugh.  On this Valentine's weekend a little reminder to husbands from Keri with this Ogden Nash poem:  A Word to Husbands.


If You Love...
Science, you won't want to miss Renee LaTulippe's party as she shares a resource rich post about The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science at No Water River.  It's a Poet-a-Palooza with videos featuring Linda Sue Park, Bobbi Katz, Buffy Silverman, Mary Lee Hahn, April Halprin Wayland, Kristy dempsey and Suz Blackaby.

Poetry for Your Classroom, the celebration of the Poetry Friday Anthology for Science continues at Silvia Vardell's blog:  Poetry for Children.

Writing, stop by Matt Forrest's blog, Radio, Rhythm, and Rhyme, where he shares some thinking about prompted writing and writing for others.  I know he has me rethinking some of my own writing practices and attitudes.  Additionally, Matt shares a collection of links to poetry he's written as he's traveled from one digital space to another.

Games and a little haiku, you'll want to stop by Carol's Corner where she shares her new find.  Haiku-You is a game of aspiring poets of all ages.  

Wondrous words, stop by Life on the Deckle Edge where Robyn Hood Black introduces us to the young poet, Olivia Graner.  Olivia shares her love of haiku and her beautiful way with words.

Memories, stop by Linda Baie's blog, TeacherDance, where she shares a Valentine from long ago.

Downtown Abbey, you'll want to stop by Jama's Alphabet Soup for a Valentine celebration Downtown Abbey style.  

Pairings, you'll love Carol Varsalona's pairing of winter poetry with an original poem titled, Winter's Perfection, and an poem by William Carlos Williams titled, Blizzard.  Stop by Beyond Literacy to enjoy this perfect pair.

Books of long ago, stop by A Wrung Sponge where Andromeda Jazmon Sibley shares a treasure she found: A Small Child's Book of Verse.  She shares a peek inside at the poems Outdoor Valentine by Eleanor Hammond and Song by William Shakespeare.

March Madness, you will want to bounce over to Think, Kid, Think! where last calls are being made for poets to participate in this year's March Madness Poetry Challenge.

Quiet, stop by On Point where Lorie Ann Glover shares her original haiku:  Apparent Quiet.

Trucks, at readertotz Lorie Ann Glover pulls a few lines from Sally Sutton's picture book:  Construction.

Celebrations, join Kelly Fineman for the launch of The Universe Comes Knocking.  Congratulations, Kelly.  Stop by Writing and Ruminating to find out more.

Shakespeare, you have to stop by Kortney Garrison's blog, One Deep Drawer, where she shares Shakespearean Sonnet by R.S. Gwynn.  How many plays can you recognize?  

Poet Visits, you'll love hearing about a recent school visit with Amy Ludwig VanDerwater.  Mrs. Doele shares the magic created when Amy visited Wealthy Elementary.


I think that's it.  Poetry, poetry, poetry.  Thanks to everyone who has stopped by to enjoy a little poetry and/or join the conversation.  <3 

89 comments:

  1. Hi there Cathy. Thank you for hosting this week. Love the candy hearts. Very timely indeed.

    Iphigene is posting today for Poetry Friday with Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnets from the Portuguese. Here is the link:
    http://gatheringbooks.org/2015/02/13/poetry-friday-if-you-must-love-me/

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  2. Isn't it amazing to think that those candy hearts now say "Text Me" and "Tweet Me"?!! Over at the Drift Record today, I'm honoring the fact that it's Friday the 13th directly before Valentine's Day by offering up a poem by Todd Boss titled "A Waltz for the Lovelorn." Here's the link: http://julielarios.blogspot.com/2015/02/poetry-friday-valentines-and-lovelorn.html

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    1. Julie, it was fun to search through websites for the evolution of phrases.

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  3. Thank you for hosting, Cathy! "How many characters/are necessary/to know/
    the heart?" indeed!

    I have a Valentine's Day-related poem too: http://tabathayeatts.blogspot.com/2015/02/an-ocd-love-poem.html

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    1. If we could create our own candy hearts, what would we say?

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  4. I loved candy hearts as a kid, but now I'm with you: chocolate all the way! I'm sharing an original poem today, "A Valentine, of Sorts."
    https://readingtothecore.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/poetry-friday-a-valentine-of-sorts/
    Thanks for hosting!

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  5. I love this--

    "How many characters
    are necessary
    to know
    the heart?"

    Yes! (Although I do eat candy hearts and love them:>)

    I'm in today with a pair of why-ku, a haiku question and answer on a science wondering question: Why Can't I Fly? http://www.laurasalas.com/blog/books/pf-cant-fly/

    Thanks for hosting!

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  6. I'm kind of picky about chocolate, but candy hearts never disappoint! I love the orange ones!!

    I'm in with some e.e. cummings this week: http://readingyear.blogspot.com/2015/02/poetry-friday-love.html

    Happy Valentines Day, everyone!

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    1. Two for candy hearts! (I wish I were picky about chocolate!)

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  7. Hi Cathy -- I'm with you on the chocolate! :)

    Thank you for hosting Poetry Friday. Today is a big day at No Water River, where I'm hosting THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR SCIENCE POET-A-PALOOZA! I have seven poetry videos featuring Linda Sue Park, Bobbi Katz, Buffy Silverman, Mary Lee Hahn, April Halprin Wayland, Kristy Dempsey, and Suz Blackaby. It's a party!

    http://www.nowaterriver.com/the-poetry-friday-anthology-for-science-poet-a-palooza/

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    1. Always chocolate! Your post today is like a box of chocolates -- full of delightful surprises.

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  8. Thanks for hosting, Cathy. Gotta love candy hearts, a Valentine's Day tradition, but I'm with you on the chocolate.

    In my classroom we are thinking about magic and illusions and love. I also introduce a new student writer. https://reflectionsontheteche.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/magic-optical-illusions-lead-to-poetry/

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  9. Thanks for hosting, Cathy! I was going to mention the same lines Laura did - very nice. Of course, if they could come up with dark-chocolate conversation hearts, THEN we'd have something! I've been busy this past week sharing poems on others' blogs, so today I share all those links: https://mattforrest.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/poetry-friday-so-much-poetry-to-go-around/

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    1. I would probably prefer a milk chocolate collection of conversation hearts, but dark chocolate would be a step in the right direction. I suppose DOVE holds the corner on the market with this idea so far with messages inside foil wrappers.

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  10. Thanks for hosting, Cathy! I was going to mention the same lines Laura did - very nice. Of course, if they could come up with dark-chocolate conversation hearts, THEN we'd have something! I've been busy this past week sharing poems on others' blogs, so today I share all those links: https://mattforrest.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/poetry-friday-so-much-poetry-to-go-around/

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  11. I'm with you on candy hearts- ICK! The purple ones taste like perfume! But I do think it's interesting how the messages have changed over time. I'm in today with a game for poetry lovers.
    http://carolwscorner.blogspot.com/2015/02/poetry-friday.html

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    1. I can never resist the fun of the boxes, but it is the one candy I can hold in my hand and never want to eat!

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  12. Great idea to use those candy heart phrases for a poem! Thanks for hosting today. My prompt-a-day project continues with mockingbird and owl call response poems from several PF regulars.

    Http://.authoramok.blogspot.com

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    1. Just wish I would have thought to bring home the candy hearts boxes left from the day. Thanks for stopping.

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    1. Whoops! Broken link. Here is the correct one: http://authoramok.blogspot.com/2015/02/2015-sound-poem-project-days-12-and-13.html

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  14. (I like the poem way more than the actual candy hearts.)


    Thank you for hosting, Cathy, and Happy Valentine's weekend! I'm in with our Student Haiku Poet of the Month today, OliHappy Valentine's weekend! I'm in with our Student Haiku Poet of the Month today, Olivia Graner - http://www.robynhoodblack.com/blog.htm?post=984898



    Thank you for hosting, Cathy, and Happy Valentine's weekend! I'm in with our Student Haiku Poet of the Month today, Olivia Graner - http://www.robynhoodblack.com/blog.htm?post=984898

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    1. I think we definitely have two camps forming regarding candy hearts. ;o)

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  15. Fun! But Cathy, also potent, "how many characters...."

    Appreciations for your hosting, too.

    Bookseedstudio features "Make Way for Winter Walking," an original poem.
    I promise a warm welcome at this url:

    https://bookseedstudio.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/make-way-for-winter-walking/

    (The title limns a beloved classic book.)

    I send Happy Valentine's Weekend smiles to Poetry Friday readers/creators. You have so much heart.

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    1. You are so right --- so much heart here.

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  16. Really wonderful would be to find a chocolate confection that would take the THRILL ME imprints like the fairly yucky, chalky hearts--right? Those would sell big! Thanks for hosting, Cathy.

    I'm re-sharing my favorite love poem from e.e. cummings today:
    http://myjuicylittleuniverse.blogspot.com/2015/02/hearts-again-and-why-not.html

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  17. Candy hearts are cute, but for me, it's dark chocolate all the way! At Today's Little Ditty, Neal Levin visits Limerick Alley and presents an alternative to both candy hearts and chocolate: http://michellehbarnes.blogspot.com/2015/02/limerick-alley-neal-levin.html Thanks for hosting today, Cathy!

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    1. I think I'll eat candy hearts over the suggested meal in your featured poem. Bwahahahaha.

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  18. I LOVE your candy heart poem, Cathy! I like those tiny, sweet-tangy treats, but chocolate is my preferred indulgence, as well! = )

    On my blog today, I am sharing two poems by Eleanor Farjeon that celebrate her LOVE of books and poetry. http://beckyshillington.blogspot.com/2015/02/poetry-friday-celebrating-eleanor.html

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  19. I'm with Robyn - love the poem way more than the candy hearts! Though I do get an occasional craving for those little candies... love me some Godiva chocolates, and that's what hubby gives me every year for Valentine's. Can't wait. :) I'm in with selections from a lovely verse novel THE RED PENCIL by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Thank you for hosting! Wishing you a chocolate-filled Poetry Friday! http://www.irenelatham.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-red-pencil-by-andrea-davis-pinkney.html

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  20. Everyone's making my mouth water with talks of dark chocolate. And yes, your poem is way better than conversation hearts!

    I have a tribute to my late cat at Random Noodling. http://randomnoodling.blogspot.com/2015/02/poetry-friday-remembering.html

    Kurious Kitty has a love poem by Nikki Giovanni, "You Are There." http://kuriouskitty.blogspot.com/2015/02/poetry-friday-love-poems.html

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    1. Apparently Poetry Friday should have a dark chocolate celebration because there certainly are a lot of dark chocolate fans in this crowd!

      Cathy

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    2. Well, we're poets....we're supposed to be "dark," aren't we?? ;)

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  21. Thanks for hosting Cathy. I love your allusion to 'conversation' in your poem, and the ending-true! I have a Valentine for everyone today: http://www.teacherdance.org/2015/02/poetry-holiday-for-me.html

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    1. I enjoyed your Valentine of long ago.

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  22. Definitely chocolate over those candy hearts! And I bought a pot of tulips yesterday. I hope they bloom red! I wasn't even thinking about Valentines Day when I wrote my blog post this week. Oh well, I'm a little out of sync, except with poetry.

    http://dorireads.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-lightest-touch.html

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  23. Hi Cathy, I am sharing about Valerie Worth and a version of her poems published with illustrations by Steve Jenkins. http://www.thelogonauts.com/2015/02/animal-poems.html

    I think candy hearts taste gross and am with you on the chocolate!

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    1. All this talk about chocolate is making me hungry. ;o)

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  24. Am in total agreement with you over chocolate!

    At Alphabet Soup, we're celebrating Valentine's Day Downton Abbey style, with bears, chocolate, music and fun:
    http://jamarattigan.com/2015/02/13/friday-feast-♥a-little-downtown-abbey-valentine♥/

    Thanks for hosting today (they should make conversation hearts with "Poetry Love" on them. :)

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  25. I prefer my calories in chocolate, too! :)

    Thanks for hosting! I'm in with "The Gift" by Lenora Speyer. The link is here.

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  26. Thanks for hosting! I have an original Valentine's Day poem today, as a middle school teacher looking to survive this day once more. :-) http://thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com/2015/02/poetry-friday-festival-of-sugar-and.html

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    1. I'm thinking Valentine's Day with first and second graders --- cards and candy --- must be much easier.

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  27. Cathy, thanks for hosting Poetry Friday. Chocolate is my go to treat but candy hearts are delightful confections with notes that who can resist them. Today, I offer an original poem and photo of an icicle frozen in temporary time along with a pairing of William Carlos Williams poem, Blizzard, at http://beyondliteracylink.blogspot.com/2015/02/winters-tiny-perfection.html. I am also adding a reminder to send in a poem and photo combination for the Winter Whisperings Gallery.

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  28. Hi Cathy,
    Thank you so much for hosting. I'm in today with a silly birthday poem.
    http://missrumphiuseffect.blogspot.com/2015/02/poetry-friday-birthday-lights.html
    Best,
    Tricia

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  29. Thanks so much for hosting! My post is also about science poetry and Renee's celebration of our science poetry anthology. http://poetryforchildren.blogspot.com/2015/02/poet-palooza-for-science.html

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  30. Oh, I love that question too, Cathy. Thank you! And I am a candy heart eater. I eat all candy, actually... :)

    Today at The Poem Farm, I have a small list poem and a book giveaway.

    http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com/2015/02/hearts-little-list-poem-of-love.html

    Thank you for hosting. Many hearts to you!

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    1. Seems we both had our minds on hearts of one kind or another. Thank you for stopping by.

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  31. Love candy hearts, messages in them, and your poem, Cathy. I'm sharing a poem that captures February light, in all its icy glory:
    https://ateachinglifedotcom.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/poetry-friday-february-by-james-schuyler/

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    1. I have to agree that messages draw me into them year after year.

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  32. Thank you for hosting!

    I posted a piece by Barbara Newhall Follett at my blog, Bildungsroman:
    http://slayground.livejournal.com/801463.html

    Happy Friday, everyone!

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  33. Cathy, Thanks for hosting the Poetry Roundup today. I LOVE all the LOVE.
    I'm still working on rock and stone triplets. today is much better than the groaners from yesterday. There is also a poetry prompt. Roll on over to www.poetryforkidsjoy.blogspot.com to see what I'm up to.

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  34. Cathy, I have some Valentine's Day poems from A Small Child's Book of Verses on my blog today. Thanks for hosting!

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  35. LAST CALL for applications to the March Madness Poetry 2015 tournament! Some fantastic new competitors lined up this year. Event details here: http://www.thinkkidthink.com/mmpoetry-2015/. We are also now in the process of recruiting official voting classrooms for the event, with a goal of 250 classrooms representing 5,000 students. After only 24 hours, we already have 35 classrooms registered representing over 600 students! Mmmm, more please!

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    1. Ed, I always love this event. Looking forward to following the madness --- and hoping more classrooms will join the fun.

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  36. Thank you so much for hosting today! I'll take the chocolate with you.

    At On Point, I have my haiku, Apparent Quiet.

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  37. Cathy,
    Thank you for hosting. Here's mine: https://maclibrary.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/poetry-friday-valentine-edition/

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  38. Cathy,
    Some of your post is whited out. Difficult to read.

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    1. Yes, I noticed it when I just checked in --- and hope I have it fixed. My apologies.

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  39. Hi Cathy! Thanks for hosting with such love today! I'm in with a short Ogden Nash poem today at http://kerirecommends.com/2015/02/poetry-friday-2/

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  40. "How many characters/are necessary/to know/the human heart?" *SWOON* What a great line.

    I'm in with a Poetry Friday invitation to the launch of my first-ever chapbook. Here's the link: http://kellyrfineman.livejournal.com/854321.html

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    1. I had trouble commenting on your blog, but wanted to say congratulations on your upcoming launch. How exciting!

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  41. Thanks for hosting! We love candy hearts + poems + poems about candy hearts!

    Here's my offering: the poem "Shakespearean Sonnet"

    http://www.kortneygarrison.com/2015/02/13/poetry-friday-shakespeare-almost/

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  42. Gearing up for yet another blizzard on the coast of Maine...so that's where all my thoughts are and I'm late because we had to do some prep for this one...like calling in the snowplow again to cut in a ways to make more room for snow!
    http://mainelywrite.blogspot.com/2015/02/cold-meet-cold.html

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  43. I am late in posting but would like to share the poetry "love" visiting my school last week. Children's Lives Have Been Touched by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater... http://doelegrade3.blogspot.com/2015/02/a-visit-from-poet-amy-ludwig-vanderwater.html

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  44. An amazing roundup, Cathy! Thanks for all your work to make it so fun!

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  45. Just wanted to drop back in to say thanks for doing such a great job hosting!

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