Jump City and other favorites for Poetry Friday

Harryette Mullen, photo taken by Gloria Graham...
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Still too busy with NaNoWriMo to do much else, so for this Poetry Friday, I am sharing two final favorites from I Feel a Little Jumpy Around You: A Book of Her Poems & His Poems Collected in Pairs, collected by Naomi Shihab Nye and Paul B Janeczko. I finally finished the entire collection and must now get it back to the library!

The first poem is the title poem from the collection and was written by Harryette Mullen, pictured at right.

Jump City

I feel a little jumpy around you.
Like when I think a house has
roaches, and I watch everything
out the corner of my eye to see
if it crawls away.

By Harryette Mullen

And here’s poem #2 by Paul B Janeczko. It’s about a daughter, but I feel it applies also to sons (of which I have 2.)

How to Hug Your Three-Year-Old Daughter

(for Emma)

Cover of "I Feel a Little Jumpy Around Yo...
Cover via Amazon

Be prepared
to be quick.

The hug may come
when you expect it least:
you’re carrying a cup of hot coffee
answering her call sleepy eyed
lifting bread from the oven.

The hug may come
around your knees
before she darts off
or from behind
as you stoop
to fish the remote
from beneath the couch.

Don’t be afraid
to ask for one.
Get down on your knees.
Spread your arms
to improve her aim.
Close your eyes.
Let her eager abruptness
startle you.
tomorow is prompt.

Be prepared
to be quick.

By Paul B Janeczko

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