Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday Poetry: Wind Song

by Carl Sandburg, illustrated by William A. Smith. (First published by Curtis Publishing Co., 1936). Harcourt, Brace & World, 1960 edition. Library discard.

I found this sweet little volume titled Wind Song in a pile of library discards once upon a time. In the front is a note in his own handwriting from Mr. Sandburg:
"Dear Young Folks,
Some poems may please you for half a minute and you don't care whether you keep them or not. Other poems you may feel to be priceless and you hug them to your heart and keep them for sure. Here in this book poems of each kind may be found; you do the finding. I sign this book for you saying love and blessings; may luck stars ever be over you. - Carl Sandburg"

What a treasure!! These are poems of Sandburg's that he has chosen specially for children. The Table of Contents divides them up into categories such as: New Poems, Little People, Corn Belt, Night, and Wind, Sea, and Sky. Here are some of my favorites: (photos are mine)

lavender stars


The stars are too many to count.
The stars make sixes and sevens.
The stars tell nothing - and everything.
The stars look scattered.
Stars are so far away they never speak when spoken to.

surf on jetty

Be Ready

Be land ready
for you shall go back to land.

Be sea ready
for you have been nine-tenths water
and the salt taste shall cling to your mouth.

Be sky ready for air, air, has been so needful to you-
you shall go back, back to the sky.

herb sprouts


Grass clutches at the dark dirt with finger holds.
Let it be blue grass, barley, rye or wheat,
Let it be button weed or butter-and-eggs,
Let it be Johnny-jump-ups springing clean blue streaks.
Grassroots down under put fingers into dark dirt.

Read more about Sandburg at the Poetry Foundation.

Friday Poetry is hosted by Greg at Gotta Book. Happy Spring!!


jama said...

Never seen these poems before. How wonderful the way you've paired them with your own photos. Lovely post. Thanks, Andi!

Author Amok said...

I love this! Thank you for the reminder to go back to Sandburg. The thought that the stars don't answer is so powerful, because it doesn't stop us from speaking to them, wishing on them.

hilary said...

Lovely poems, especially the star poem. Here is one for you by Eleanor Farjeon:

The Night Will Never Stay

The night will never stay
The night will still go by,
Though with a million stars
You pin it to the sky;
Though you bind it with the blowing wind
And buckle it with the moon,
The night will slip away
Like sorrow, or a tune.

Tabatha said...

What a gift Sandburg gave with this collection, and then you gave us, with these photos and poems so lovingly paired! And then Hilary added another -- the gifts just keep giving!

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Thanks Jama! That book is a real find.

Laura - that is a good point. Nothing stops our wishing!

Hilary - Thank you so much for sharing that poem. It is really lovely. I am so glad you joined in!

Author Pam Funke said...

Great poems. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Ruth said...

Beautiful! That's the second time this week I've read something lovely by Sandburg. I need to look him up and read more of his work.

Linda B said...

Really pretty and the letter is wonderful. I have an old volume titled The Sandburg Treasurey and return to it often. I liked your photos with the poems, especially that last as I yearn for spring things. "Grass clutches at the dark dirt with finger holds." Thanks!

Carol said...

Love the poems, but especially loved the photographs you chose as their partners! Beautiful!

Robyn Hood Black said...

Love love love this post! What a treasure to find this book with the handwritten note to young readers.
The note seems applicable to a discussion going on today over at March Madness. Kids need a variety of poems! Thanks for pairing these wonderful poems with your photos, Andi, and for sharing.

Andromeda Jazmon said...

So glad you are enjoying them Pam, Ruth, Linda, Carol. I am really craving green, growing, spring things too. And I so agree, Robyn, kids need a huge variety of poems. Going to check out the discussion at now!

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

What a find, AndI! I especially love the note from Sandburg himself, which speaks to poetry as a whole, doesn't it?!

Mary Lee said...

What Robyn said, plus, your photos are GORGEOUS and make the poems so much more!

laurasalas said...

These are lovely--I especially like the sea ready stanza. Sigh...