My turn for the Book Babes this year was BYOP - Bring Your Own Poem.
People took turns reading their selections and sharing why they'd chosen it, along with their personal connection to the verse. It was wonderful listening to everyone reading out loud, the rhythm and pulse of the language. A very pleasurable evening.
Several childhood favourites appeared, and one poem, Kindness, was selected by three different people. A poem in Spanish (I Love You), a poem in English/Cree (The Language Family), two by Yeats, one by a ribald grandmother (Persian Pussy).
Diane: The Waking, by Theodore Roethke
Laura: Persian Pussy, by Emily Delina O'Shea Falkner
Liz: The Second Coming, by Yeats
Miriam: I Love You, by Mario Benedetti
Nicki: Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven, by Yeats
Pat: Kindness, by Naomi Shihab Nye
Linda: The Language Family, by Naomi McIlwraith
Virginia: The Wreck of the Hesperus, by Longfellow
Debra: The Walrus and the Carpenter, by Lewis Carroll
Christina: The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter, by Ezra Pound