Poetry Friday: Honoring Our #DearOneLBH

So much gratitude goes to Amy at The Poem Farm for gathering us all this week to honor #DearOneLBH, Lee Bennett Hopkins.

You might notice that I have changed my POETRY FRIDAY badge. This petunia is on my deck and when I would walk by, I would think of Lee. Purple, his favorite color.

To honor him, a new poetry badge.

I selected words from a variety of poems in the book CITY I LOVE. It was a CYBILS nominee in 2008 and one of my favorites as I shared in this blog post. And this one line:

cannot hold as much steel as you can at one time

I was so happy to participate in a SKYPE session last October with Lee and so sad that I missed the opportunity to work with him. But his words, his poems will continue to mentor not only me but students of poetry at any age.

For Lee

purple star
waving from the heavens
our dear one
holding us
with as much love as poems
sending words from above

jone rush macculloch (draft, 2019)

Highlights Foundation is establishing a named scholarship for the annual Writing Poetry for Children workshop. If you wish to donate contact the foundation. As a recipient of their scholarships in the past, I think this is a wonderful tribute to Lee Bennett Hopkins, our dear one, our mentor

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11 Responses to Poetry Friday: Honoring Our #DearOneLBH

  1. cweichel says:

    Your purple flower is gorgeous and your poem is so poignant my heart fills up.

  2. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Thank you, Jone, for offering the idea for this week’s celebration of all of Lee’s life and poetry. I love the purple badge and poem.

  3. Thank you for this PF tribute idea, Jone! I love your beautiful image of the purple star, and now I will think of Lee every time I look up at the vast Italian sky. ❤

  4. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says:

    What a beautiful image to leave us with, Jone—a purple star, cradling us like poems. I love the new PF badge and will smile and wave back whenever I see it.

  5. maryleehahn says:

    Both the purple and the poem are perfect! Thanks again for making this week happen!

  6. Ramona says:

    Love this purple tribute poem and your new star badge. Thanks for suggesting this gathering to Amy.

  7. haitiruth says:

    Nice, and thanks for your idea for the PF theme this week! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  8. cvarsalona says:

    You sent us a beautiful purple promise from heaven to earth so that Lee’s words will ever reign supreme in the poetry world. Many thanks for the idea to pay homage to a wonderful poet and literary giant, Jone.

  9. lindabaie says:

    Thank you for your idea of the gathering, Jone. I love your new PF badge, fits the day & your post(s) beautifully, just as the poem does, that “purple star/waving from the heavens”.

  10. Linda Mitchell says:

    And, gratitude to YOU, dear Jone for getting this ball rolling. Amy’s blog is the perfect venue…but your inspiration is simply…..PURPLE! And, I do love that purple poem from above.

  11. Your words make me happily teary and tearily happy, Jone. Thank you for this idea, for your always-generous-spirit, for sharing your new badge, and for this information about a new scholarship in Lee’s name. A purple hug for you. xx

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