Friday, November 13, 2015

Never Fear, the Poetry Friday Round Up Is Here!!!

Today is my LUCKY day! This is my first time hosting Poetry Friday. Yay!
(Not sure what Poetry Friday is? Renée at No Water River gives a great explanation here.)


I am at once excited (welcome to my blog, I dusted the joint just for you),
nervous (what if my blog smells or worse, my poetry stinks?),
and down right terrified (what if the link-thingy doesn't work?).

Now that you are here, I will put my fears aside and do my best to be a fearless hostess.

But first a poem about...fear.

 FEAR (the other 4-letter F-word)

spilled salt
open umbrella
black cat passing
unlucky fella

broken mirror
under a ladder
Friday the 13th
nothing sadder

except for fear
ruling your life
superstitions
only cause strife

Fun fact: paraskevidekatriaphobia means fear of Friday the 13th. Who knew?

Never fear, the round up HERE:

72 comments:

  1. Bridget! It IS scary to host--and takes TIME...so thank you, thank you for hosting, brave woman. I recently heard Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) say that for her, the opposite of fear is curiosity. I LOVE that!

    What are you thankful for? TeachingAuthors' latest writing prompt is to write a Thanku—a haiku expressing gratitude. Want to try? And after surviving the horrible tsunami of the flu this past week, you can probably guess what I'm thankful for...
    My post goes live on Friday morning:
    http://www.teachingauthors.com/2015/11/whats-thanku-writing-prompt-for-poetry.html

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    1. Thank you for joining the fun today, April! I'm thankful to YOU and your pearl of wisdom from Elizabeth Gilbert - you are both gems. =)

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  3. Bridget, I've only hosted PF once. I'd like to do it again, but teaching full time (and the scary factor) keep me from making the commitment. : ) You are a wonderful host! I love your poem and want to share it with my students. I know they'll love it too!

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    1. Thank you, Linda! Yes, the scary factor kept me away from the commitment, but now I know what I'm doing...sort of. Hope your kids enjoy my poem. =)

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  4. Congratulations on your first PF roundup hosting! So glad you're not superstitious--Nov. 13 is your lucky number! (Always amused me when a hotel skipped using the number 13 when numbering floors....) ..I'm counting myself lucky, too, being able to join in with such a prestigious group of poets..I'm putting fear aside as you counsel in your poem--putting my first poem for 2 voices out in public for all to see, dismiss, or ridicule. I love the title of your poem! Yes! "Fear" is an obscene word when we allow it to stifle, muzzle, or limit...Onward, thru the fear...God bless you. Again, congratulations! And thanks so much for hosting--and accommodating early bird link-ups! (Oh. and you didn't have to clean up on my account, but I appreciate all your efforts to put out a gracious welcome mat.Thank you! Hope you are no longer even a wee bit fearful. Your first PF hosting will be just great; Fri. 13th or not, I bet you can count on!)

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    1. Thank you, CB! Hosting ended up being a delightful experience...what was I so afraid of? So glad you joined the fun today. =)

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  5. Sorry for linking twice; first one did not work.

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    1. No worries...wish I knew how to delete it for you. =(

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  6. Thanks for sharing your fun poem about fear. It's so true! And thanks for sharing the word, paraskevidekatriaphobia. I had no idea :D
    Thanks so much for hosting.

    My link for A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt will go live at 4 CST Friday morning.

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    1. Thank YOU Penny (and Landon) for joining the roundup today. I'm glad I don't suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia - I would have had to have spent today in bed. =)

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  7. Bridget, I am cracking up. I misread a word in line 3 of your poem. Let's just say that the unlucky fellow must be *really* sorry that he met up with the black cat.

    Caroline Starr Rose, who writes historical novels in verse, is guest posting at Author Amok this week. During Thanksgiving, history learning often focuses on the Plymouth Settlement. But Caroline's latest book, Blue Birds, is set at an earlier English settlement on Roanoke Island.

    http://authoramok.blogspot.com/2015/11/poetry-friday-special-guest-caroline.html

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    1. BWA-HA-HA...that black really would have ruined the unlucky fellow's day (and clothes!). Thanks for joining the fun today, Laura. =)

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  8. Thanks for hosting, Bridget! PF does take some commitment - but have no fear, we're all friends here! Your poem is a good way to show kids we all have similar fears...so they won't feel alone. My "Poetry...Cubed!" contest is underway for the month of Nov., and I already have 3 entries, which I share today.

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    1. Thank you, Matt, for joining the poetry fun today. =)

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  9. Great poem, perfect for Friday the 13th! Definitely a lucky day for us, since you're hosting :).

    At Alphabet Soup I have a review of The Little Kids' Table plus a couple of author recipes for broccoli casserole (my link goes live Friday at 6 a.m. EST).

    Thanks so much for hosting!!

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    1. Thank you, Jama! I had a great day as host...I may have to sign up again. We're lucky you shared your post today. =)

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  10. What a fun poem, Bridget, and your blog smells just fine:>) I'm sharing my poem "Brinicle," which is in J. Patrick Lewis' new National Geographic Book of Nature Poems. Thanks for hosting!

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    1. Thank you, Laura! I've always had this fear that either me or my house smells funny (as in bad). Glad to know my blog is a good smelling place to visit. =)

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  11. Bridget the Brave! :0) Thanks so much for hosting. I didn't link up, since my post pretty much just explains that I'm busy in my studio, but I did add a link at my place to Irene's 10-year-blogiversary "Wild" Roundup from Monday, in case anyone missed it. Happy Hosting!

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    1. Thank you, Robyn! I'm so glad you came for a visit and shared Irene's Wild celebration. =)

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    2. I just realized your link wasn't here, so I added it.

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  12. Bridget, so far so good--you seem to be a natural host! I enjoyed your other "F" word poem!

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    1. Aw, shucks, thanks, Diane. Thank you for joining the poetry fun today. =)

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  13. I think of Friday the 13th as lucky too, Bridget. (It's the day I found out I was pregnant with my first child.) We're ALL lucky to have you as today's host and to have you greet us with such a spiffy little poem. Hang in there... it's time-consuming, but most definitely rewarding!

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    1. Thank YOU, Michelle! We're all lucky that you joined the poetry fun today. =)

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  14. I love your poem, Bridget! The best way to beat fear is to look it in the face and LAUGH! = ) Thanks for hosting this week, too. Have fun!

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    1. Thanks, Becky! I enjoyed my time as host and feel lucky you joined us today. =)

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  15. Thanks Bridget, for hosting on this every interesting day. I guess I thought you've hosted & hosted! I wrote a bit about superstition, but then chose to ignore that for a different look at cats. I love your poem, so true on this day, traditional superstitions carry on.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! After today I will have no more reservations about hosting again. So glad you joined the poetry fun today. =)

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  16. Thanks for hosting and congratulations on your first time. Love the poem. Very clever and apt.

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    1. Thank you, Sally! I'm so glad you joined us today. =)

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  17. Yay! Love your post. It fizzes with personality - and I feel right at home on your blog. :) Your poem is not only clever, but true too - and not at all stinky!

    Feeling funny sharing about a poetry path in Ohio with so many American PF friends... from over here in Australia. But if you haven't read about it, I'm sure you'll want to. I think it's a beautiful idea.

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    1. Thank you! So glad you shared the poetry path post - anywhere good things are happening people should know. So glad you were a part of the PF roundup. =)

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  18. Hi Bridget! Thanks for tidying up and dusting and whatnot. It smells like lemon. I like your poem (didn't realize it was a Friday the 13th today until you said so!). For some reason I was particularly tickled with rhyming "ladder" and "sadder"! Thanks for hosting :-)

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    1. Thank you, Tabatha! So glad you appreciated my blog "cleaning" efforts. And I'm so glad you joined the Poetry Friday fun on such an ominous day. =)

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  19. Thanks for hosting on this lovely Friday 13th!

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    1. Thank you, Ruth, for joining the fun! =)

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  20. Hi Bridget! The place looks great! Thanks for hosting and for the clever poem. I'm excited to come back and poke into all the dust-free corners later when I have more time. What a welcoming spot!

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    1. Thank you, Molly, for stopping by. I do love visitors...especially those who link to such nostalgic poems. Thanks for join us. =)

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  21. Oh my gosh, I totally forgot it was Friday the 13th! I will definitely be printing out your poem to share with the kids at school-- it's fun! I agree with you, hosting Poetry Friday is a teeny bit scary! Thanks for taking the leap!

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    1. Thank you, Carol, for your kind encouragement. Since this venture in hosting was so much fun I think I will take the leap again. And thanks for joining the Poetry Friday fun. =)

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  22. I remember my first time hosting and how crazy excited I felt when my blog stats soared. Ha! What fun to host this wild group of writers!
    I forgot, too, that today is Friday the 13th. My kids are going to love that word. We'll add it to our wonder word wall.

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    1. Thank you, Margaret for being a part of this wild group of writers. Glad paraskevidekatriaphobia will be added to your word wall. What a hoot! =)

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  23. Congratulations on your first Roundup, Bridget! Thank you for having us all at your lovely blogging home. I find superstitions fascinating... particularly as they so often coexist with faith & religion. We humans are constantly trying to make sense of our world, aren't we? Thanks for your poem, and happy day to you.

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    1. Thank you, Irene for your support and for joining in the Poetry Friday fun. Yes, we humans are always trying figure things out...with not much success at times. Hadn't thought about superstition intersecting with faith and religion, but you are right. Interesting. =)

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  24. Great job hosting Poetry Friday the 13th Bridget, and with your FEAR poem. Thanks for sharing it!

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    1. Thank you, dear Tamara! So glad you stopped by to read and enjoy the fabulous PF offerings. =)

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  25. What fun to think about these superstitions today - I too had forgotten, and the way you bring your poem around at the end is so so right. Funny how even though I would not consider myself that superstitious, I do avoid some of the things you mention. However, we all adore our black kitty Fiona who makes us feel lucky! Thank you for hosting this rowdy crowd so graciously at your warm place. I hope your whole day is lucky. xo

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    1. Thank you, Amy, for being a part of my first time roundup! Fiona sounds like a sweetie...black cats are some of the most beautiful IMHO. =)

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  26. What a wonderful poem! Thank you for that, and for hosting! My post for this Poetry Friday is a picturebook review that features an original poem at the end.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah for being a part of this week's Poetry Friday roundup. So glad you joined us. =)

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  27. Thanks for facing your fears. I'm far too newbie and nervous to host myself. I fling my poetry into the kidlitosphere, and that is what I can manage so far. I think your poetry is fragrant and sweet, like little kid feet. ;-)

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    1. Thank you, Brenda for joining us! I encourage you to "face your fears" and sign up to host PF. I wish I had done it sooner. (Baby feet smell the best. =)

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  28. Thank you for hosting and the fun poem about fear! Off to see your Sesame Street post!

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    1. Thank you, Lorie Ann for joining the Poetry Friday fun. Hope you enjoyed the Sesame Street poem - one of my favorite shows. =)

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  29. Thanks for hosting! I hope your fears have dissolved. (I'm always afraid the link-thing won't work too!) I love that you put all those superstitions in a list poem.

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    1. Thank you, Liz for joining the Poetry Friday fun! Yes, my fears were quickly dissolved by the warm outpouring of support from people like YOU! =)

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  30. In this season of family togetherness is seemed appropriate to share "Grandparent Poems" collected by John Micklos and illustrated by Layne Johnson

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    1. Thank you, Janet for linking up. So glad you stopped by and joined the Poetry Friday fun. =)

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  31. Great poem, Bridget! I completely forgot it was Friday 13th. Now something will go wrong lol.

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    1. Thank you, Catherine! I hope things went well for despite the date. =)

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  32. Great poem! I have a 25 pound black cat so I've got that covered.

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    1. Thanks, Jeff! Holy wow, 25 pounds of black cat sounds like feline good luck. Thanks for joining the PF fun. =)

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  33. You have done a wonderful intro and I love you poem I once had a black cat now I have a gray -blue -silver on she love talking lots

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    1. Thank you, Jessica for being a part of the round up this week. A gray-blue-silver cat sounds gorgeous. =)

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  34. Bridget, it is indeed Friday the 13th and you captured that in your delightful poem. Thank you for being a fearless hostess. There is no superstitious thought in my heart because I am thankful today. I invite all to join my autumn feast for the eyes. (I extend to you a special invitation to join my creative challenge: Autumn's Palette Gallery).

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    1. Bridget, Linda Baie, noted that I posted the wrong address for my Poetry Friday offering. The right one is #39, not #38. I guess I can blame this on Friday the 13th, right?

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    2. So glad you joined the fun, Carol. No worries about the extra link. =)

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  35. This is a fun Friday the 13th post. And you are the hostess with the mostess.

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    1. Aw, shucks, thanks, Jan! It's nice to be considered the "mostess". =)

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