June 15, 2007

Poetry Friday: Up by the bootstraps edition

I missed Poetry Friday last week in the thick of things -- Spring busy-ness on and off the farm -- but saw yesterday via Poetry Friday founder Kelly at Big A little a that our own Susan Thomsen at Chicken Spaghetti has a terrific article on the origins of Poetry Friday, "Thank Goodness It’s (Poetry) Friday", at the Poetry Foundation website. Included with the article is a sidebar of "A Few of the Many Poetry Friday Regulars", including Farm School. To which I offer great thanks, and a yikes. Though the kick in the pants is just what I needed. It's time to pull up my poetry socks, and my bootstraps, too.

So here, in honor of Father's Day, and my father, who adores a good bowl of soup (or a bowl of good soup) is

Beautiful Soup, So Rich and Green
by Lewis Carroll

Beautiful Soup, so rich and green,
Waiting in a hot tureen!
Who for such dainties would not stoop?
Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!
Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!
Beau-ootiful Soo-oop!
Beau-ootiful Soo-oop!
Soo-oop of the e-e-evening,
Beautiful, beautiful Soup!

Beautiful Soup! Who cares for fish,
Game, or any other dish?
Who would not give all else for two p
ennyworth only of beautiful Soup?
Pennyworth only of beautiful Soup?
Beau-ootiful Soo-oop!
Beau-ootiful Soo-oop!
Soo-oop of the e-e-evening,
Beautiful, beauti-FUL SOUP!


Today's round-up, with a bit of original Poetry Friday haiku, is at The Simple and the Ordinary. Thank you, Christine!

PS Speaking of beautiful and green, the Poetry Friday button above is lovely, but does anyone have a version that's a tad lighter? My 43-year-old eyes are having trouble with the black on dark olive green. And you know, after engaging in conversation this morning with another homeschooler about the merits of Andrew Lang's lovely color Fairy Books series, ably reprinted year after year by Dover, it occurs to me that a rainbow of Poetry Friday t-shirts and mug, say, from Café Press, would be a thing of beauty. Especially if the proceeds went toward providing poetry and other books for children.

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