Winter Poem Swap Kindness #PoetryFriday

It’s Poetry Friday and Michelle Kogan is our hostess for this final Poetry Friday roundup of 2019. I hope to see you there! Michelle shares a call to action for the sake of our earth’s climate. We’ve got to act and fast!

I do believe (fibonacci)

In keeping with Michelle’s urgent message, here’s a fib I created for my Kindergarten naturalists. They are the next generation of stewards for the earth, after all.

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For this years’ annual Winter Poem Swap, our wonderful organizer, Tabatha, paired me with none other than herself! She is a truly talented, kind, and generous soul.


Tabatha knows of my love of all-things-nature. I’ve been wanting to read Gooley’s The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs for some time now, and my goal of nurturing my creative side outside of writing poetry is one step closer with the help of Nature Art Workshop. (Would you believe I instantly thought of Michelle’s stunning artwork as I was thumbing through this? If only!) I’m certain you might see my dabblings here soon!


And Tabatha’s kindness did not stop there. Inside this wintery folio she had tucked a note, lovely handmade necklace (can’t wait to wear that!), and a poem card featuring her poem, When I Grow Up, I Want to Be a Cat.


Tabatha knows I am a Kindergarten teacher and when her daughter was my students’ age, she responded ” A cat,” when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up. A purrfect (sorry!) response, don’t you think? I can just hear one of my kiddos saying that and explaining why, as Tabatha does in her poem. I think she captured beautifully the playfulness of a kitten, as well as the moodiness and cat-titude (sorry again!) to come.

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Using Canva, one of my favorite creative go-tos, I thought this sweet image of a kitten was an ideal match for her words. Thank you, Tabatha! I hope you enjoy this wee gesture of thanks.

Many thanks for hosting this week, Michelle. Now let’s bring on the poetry as we crawl towards the new year.


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11 thoughts on “Winter Poem Swap Kindness #PoetryFriday

  1. What a wonderful post! Tabatha’s gifts are purrrrfectly suited to your poetry enthusiasm, creative and curious sides. I love it all! And, the cat poem….ha! It’s great. Enjoy a few days off to be curious and write. I’m doing that too. Happy New Year!

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  2. Oh, I loved this post from start to finish! Your fib poem is perfect and Tabatha’s cat poem is also, well….dare I say it, “purr…fect!” I adore this: “with whiskers long as a sunbeam” and this: “You can read me like/a whisker book.” Those books are spot-on gifts for you, and I can’t wait to see your “dabblings.” Happy New Year!

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  3. I love “whisker-book” and “purr-roar” wordplay. And the idea is wonderful as I watch my kitten prance from one thing to another batting, biting, and hopping. The winter poem swap is a favorite thing!

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  4. The same daughter who wanted to be a cat loves Canva and got me using it! The kitten you chose is adorable. Thanks! It was a pleasure putting together a package for you. I hope you have fun with it! 🙂

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  5. Your fib poem falls in line with our wonderologist thoughts on curiosity and wonder, Christie. I always enjoy hearing how you roll out a new thought for your kinders and us. Tabatha is quite a creative poet and she seems to know her swap partners well as evidenced by what she created for your swap. Happy New Year.

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