Day # 7 – 30 Days, 30 Readings: Theodore Roethke’s “The Kitty-Cat Bird” for National Poetry Month

So while Micah is ahead of me and ready to share with you his next recording for National Poetry Month, I am running behind. But, hey! I finally got my taxes done, so there’s something.

So as we arise from this weekend into the full light of National Library Week, here’s a flashback from six years ago when my boys, their mother, and I hung out in the park from the library where I used to work. We wrote poems with sidewalk chalk, sang songs, and of course recorded some poetry.

I should point out that in 2012 I had challenged myself to record one poem every day on YouTube and then share it and write about it on my blog. You can imagine that endeavor took up most of my time that April. Be sure to click on the link to read more so you can watch the video. Check it out!

David J. Bauman

A Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) on ...

Day 7 was a lot of fun to record. We enjoyed a good lunch of burgers and dogs and headed up the street for some inspiration and fresh air. Other than the possible reading of “The Kitty-Cat Bird” (Micah’s request), we were really not sure what to expect. Spontaneity was Virginia’s word for the day.

The sidewalk chalk was an idea I got from the lovely Christine at “Life is an Exquisite Journey.”

The quote in chalk was from the final lines of Dr. Suess’s book Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

“Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So…get on your way!”

Micah filmed the reading; I stumbled through filming the rest. Josiah and Jonathan made a valiant attempt at Axis of Awesome‘s “Four Chord Song.” I’m not sure what all Jon was strumming, but I know some of it he just made up spur of the moment…

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