Friday, January 01, 2010



A New Year

She starts
by burning down
all the old candles.

She stretches,
flattening the belly
that's lost it's womb.

She's seen
mother birds kick eggshells out
wanting feathers to fly.

She reaches
to pick up knitting needles;
new mittens for fresh snow.

She starts
by pulling soft wool
from the red wrapped skein.

-Andromeda Jazmon

Miss Rumphius has challenged us to write about endings and beginnings this week. See the results rounded up here. The Friday Poetry round up is hosted by Mary Lee at A Year of Reading

And for heaven's sake don't miss the Cybils finalist announcement today!!! What were your favorite children's books in 2009? Are they on the list???


Carol said...

This is beautiful! What great images to start the new year! It makes me want to take up knitting!

Delphyne said...

What a beautiful poem - it really does capture endings and beginnings. I always see fire as some shade of red, so seeing death as red and then life renewed as red was quite wonderful.

Happy New Year and all the best in 2010!

Linda said...

Lovely poem! My favorite stanza is:
She's seen
mother birds kick eggshells out
wanting feathers to fly.

Happy New Year!

Lone Star Ma said...


Andromeda Jazmon said...

Thank you for these comments, and Happy New Year to you - a year full of possibilities for learning new things...

laurasalas said...

Andi, this is lovely and powerful!

Happy New Year!

Elaine Magliaro said...


It's good to have you back blogging again. I love your poem--and hope your next semester won't be stressful.

Happy 2010!

Ten years ago I was on a leave of absence from teaching so I could take library/media courses. I spent my last three years in education working as a school library media specialist. I LOVED that job!!!