one clover & a bee

Pokey has another part-time gig: One Clover & A Bee (thank you Emily Dickinson!) is the name of my new column as a contributing writer at

I’ll be writing once a month about how families can learn and say poems and just generally make poetry part of their lives and not be afraid of it. I think it’s going to be fun.

For the first column I chose Christina Rossetti’s poem “What Are Heavy?” because my daughter discovered it in 3rd grade and loves it to this day. And it’s really easy to memorize. And I love it, too.

What Are Heavy?

What are heavy? sea-sand and sorrow:
What are brief? today and tomorrow:
What are frail? Spring blossoms and youth:
What are deep? the ocean and truth.

If you want to read the column, just follow the bee…and don’t forget to let me know what you think.

3 thoughts on “one clover & a bee

  1. This makes me think of how I learned to love classical music – it was just so much part of the fabric of our household – always playing. My dad listening to Chopin ballades, my mom listening to Brahms trios, by grandfather listening to Beethoven symphonies. It was always there. I find I’ve absorbed a huge amount without even meaning to. I think the same thing can work with poetry.

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