A brief series of favorite poems and their histories, #2

Hi everyone,

Here’s the second poem I chose for my favorite poems list.

This poem came out in the collection THE MOUSE WAS OUT AT RECESS, Wordsong/Boyd Mills Press, 2003. It remains popular, especially with teachers of students old enough to appreciate the humor. This is a poem for two voices so in print there are two columns, one for the student (Isabelle) and one for the teacher. Here I can only indicate the speakers parenthetically.

Have It Your Own Way
Poem for Two Voices

(Isabelle)
Me and Sally are pals!

(Teacher)
Sally and I are pals.

(Isabelle)
I didn’t know you knew her!

(Teacher)
I don’t.

(Isabelle)
Then why did you say,
“Me and Sally are pals?”

(Teacher)
Sally and I are pals.

(Isabelle)
You said it again!
You said,
“Me and Sally are pals!”

(Teacher)
Sally and I are pals!

(Isabelle)
Have it your own way.
You and her are pals.
But I don’t believe it,
And Sally won’t neither!

(c) 2003 David L. Harrison, all rights reserved

A brief series of favorite poems and their histories, #1

Hi everyone,

I’ve recently had reason to pull together a representation of my poems over the years and tell something about them. It wasn’t an easy task. In 2016 I spent days trying to collect my published poems into one document and it ran 512 pages. I didn’t count the number of poems. I need to update the file.

Since I have this list of some of my favorite poems in a handy place, I think I’ll amuse myself, and hopefully you, by posting them, one each day, for a while. I’ll break for incoming news, but otherwise it will be a few days of poems. Here’s the first one.

“It’s Me!” was written to the inspiration of Andy Warhol’s 1962 diptych painting of Marilyn Monroe for the 2001 award-winning book HEART TO HEART, edited by Jan Greenberg for Harry Abrams. In 2012 it appeared in Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets, an international anthology edited for Knopf by Emily Fragos, poet and teacher at Columbia and New York universities who also appeared in the film, The Fortune Writer. The poem is usually presented with each line placed in a different, surprising location on the page to reflect various Marilyns in the painting pleading to the reader. My word press doesn’t allow for such placement.

It’s Me!

Hey!

Over here!
It’s me!

The real Marilyn!

Shhh!

Don’t tell the others!

They don’t know they’re fakes!

Hey!

Over here!

It’s me!

The real Marilyn!

Shhh!

Don’t tell the others!

They don’t know they’re fakes!

Hey!

Over here!

It’s me!

(c) 2001 David L. Harrison, all rights reserved

Home again!

Hi everyone,

We had a wonderful time in Florida and I already look forward to the next time. But for now it feels good to be home again. We arrived yesterday afternoon so today is catch up, unpack, put away, remember what we doing before we left, pay bills, return calls, day.

Our good neighbor across the street, Linda Goodman, is having us over for brunch and at 12:15 I’ll be at Westport Middle School visiting with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. It’s a great way to get back in the groove.

Also, I’m out of picture space so I can’t post another new picture here until I go in and delete some pictures from earlier posts, always a painful process.

Onward and upward everyone!

Counting down the hours

Hi everyone,

There’s a saying about all good things and that applies to us today as we prepare to get back on the road tomorrow. We’ve had a fine time, as we always do, and we appreciate Tim Williams and Jennifer Harrison for “loaning” us their mates for the past week or so. Having our son and daughter with us is a wonderful treat.

I won’t be posting for a couple of days but I think I’ve done pretty well lately for someone who has been so busy goo foffing. With love and good wishes to all,
David

Thank you thank you thank you!

Hi everyone,

What a birthday I had! Sandy, Robin, and Jeff made every bit of it special. It was truly a day to remember.

To all the friends, family, and loved ones who called, wrote poems, and sent wishes, thank you! I did my best to keep up but at one point I fell behind with my thank-you notes and then Facebook went haywire and I was no longer able to post anything. It was very frustrating. I hope you know that I read and loved each reminder that we all live in the same community.

This morning it’s back in the wheel for me. Lots to do before we head back to Missouri.