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.
waving from the heavens
our dear one
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