poetry friday


Fats here.

I’m sharing two poems this week to celebrate the winter season (even though it has been awfully cold in Ohio since the beginning of the year!). I chose two of my favorites from Joyce Sidman’s poetry collection, Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold. This collection is a poetry finalist for the 2015 CYBILS awards, and a featured book for our current theme!


A big thank you to Tara of A Teaching Life for hosting the Poetry Friday roundup!

Photo taken from BirdNote

Dream of the Tundra Swan

Dusk fell
and the cold came creeping,
came prickling into our hearts.
As we tucked beaks
into feathers and settled for sleep,
our wings knew.

That night, we dreamed the journey:
ice-blue sky and the yodel of flight,
the sun’s pale wafer,
the crisp drink of clouds.
We dreamed ourselves so far aloft
that the earth curved beneath us
and nothing sang but
a whistling vee of light.

When we woke, we were covered with snow.
We rose in a billow of white.

Photo taken from MixBag

Snowflake Wakes

Snowflake wakes,
arms outstretched,
lace sprouting from fingertips

Leaps, laughing
in a dizzy cloud,
a pinwheel gathering glitter

Drops into air,
suddenly soft
and full, a lattice
of stars spinning

Drifts down,
and tickling,
and clumping

Hugs earth,
sighs and settles
tucked in its own blanket


Hope you have a great weekend!

5 comments on “[Poetry Friday] Joyce Sidman’s Poems of the Cold

  1. This is one of the finalists, the seven of which I love, & can’t say more right now. It’s a good one to share for our winter here in the US. The art is stunning, isn’t it?

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    • Fats Suela

      Hi Linda! Yes! I love the art in this book. I believe I borrowed The Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night from months ago, and it was also a collaboration between Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen. Words and illustrations are captivating!


  2. I just love Joyce Sidman’s work, Myra. Thank you for showcasing it. The last poem is going to be a mentor text for me as I try to compose a poem on snowflakes. I found a beautiful icy formation on my windows created by the gliding snowflakes that have had fun dancing all day long.


  3. Beuatiful. I lvoe Sidman’s work and I felt the cool as I read tehse – even though I’m in hot hot hot Australia.


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