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June 1, 2016

Frost Isn’t Only for Winter

As winter plodded on this year, work seemed eternal, nights iced the sidewalks with frost, and spring felt far away even as March rolled by and April began. But how appropriate that the gentle turn from short winter days toward longer, lighter spring days marks National Poetry Month?

As the days got warmer, my fingers twitched with the possibility that creativity will be easier to find in April. Eager flowers have begun to poke out of the thawing soil, and I’m brought back to my first experiences with poetry.

I can’t boast that I was a skilled reader as a child, quite the opposite in fact. I struggled during elementary school and dreaded the prospect of being selected to read aloud during class. But poetry changed that for me.

Poetry turned the horror of a text-heavy page to beautifully blended stanzas. Maybe it was poetry’s rhythm or maybe it was how accessible the lines looked, but poetry guided me toward reading. The first poem that really stuck with me was one that every child studies at least twice during their schooling: Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.”

I shall be telling this with a sigh 

Somewhere ages and ages hence: 

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— 

I took the one less traveled by, 

And that has made all the difference.

The last stanza of this poem remains imprinted on my mind, not just for its obvious life lesson, but for its author’s reflection. We are all greater for our reflections. I’ve heard that dreams are the spontaneous combination of the day’s events, sounds, smells, and sensations. At our very core, we need to reflect on life, and poetry provides this conduit.


I’m not sure where I would be right now if I had not been introduced to poetry early in my life. A few months ago I read through Firefly July and celebrated the notion of introducing children to poetry through picture books. Firefly July features bite-size poems from such celebrated poets as J. Patrick Lewis, Lillian Morrison, William Carlos Williams, and Emily Dickinson. I jumped at the opportunity to carry this title in my Reading Club catalogs, but I honestly believe that this picture book transcends age.

Poetry, no matter how simply stated, has the power to move us. I challenge you to share a poem with someone in your life. I promise you won’t regret it!

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