The Poetry Picnic

By , June 16, 2007 4:46 pm

Since I am in “poetry mode” right now, let me tell you about a friend of mine. My good friend Wishy The Writer and her daughter have a lovely tradition that they began last summer. They take blankets and pillows to a shady spot outside. They pack some food and drinks and a few books of poems and head to their cozy outdoor spot for a Poetry Picnic.

As Wishy was telling me about this I was beginning to feel like an Inferior Mom. Here is Wishy, “A-List Parent,” exposing her daughter to the beauty of nature and poetry all while enjoying some Mother-Daughter quiet time. Here am I, “Tired Parent,” pushing my children out the door to hunt for bugs and ride bikes in the driveway so I can get a little peace and quiet.

Finally she put me out of my maternal misery by revealing the REAL origin of this plan – her urgent need for a nap! Wishy was so desperate for a nap that she hoped quietly lying together reading poetry might lull her daughter to sleep so she could get a nap herself, and it worked.

I am not into using comparisons with other Moms as a measure of my worth as a parent. However I am insecure enough as a mother to admit that I felt SO much better after discovering her much less altruistic motivation for this Mother-Daughter bonding session!

My real point here is that, whatever the reason behind it, a Poetry Picnic sounds like a lovely idea. So whether you want your child to go to sleep and leave you alone, or you genuinely want to experience the “poetry of nature” together, give it a try!

Here is a variety of reading suggestions to consider:

Please share your own favorites in a comment!


This post is part of The Sunday Garden Tour at A Wrung Sponge. Head over there to find more participants, or to add your own garden-related post. Happy Sunday!

(By the way for you gardeners: The photo at the top is a Sexy Rexy rose that is planted in a pot by my front door.)

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7 Responses to “The Poetry Picnic”

  1. Gattina says:

    The worst of all is when they are little they wake you up at dawn and you wish so badly to sleep longer and when they are around 14 they start to sleep until noon while you are already hopping around at 7 because you can’t sleep anymore !
    News of Rosie on my cat blog !

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  2. cloudscome says:

    I wonder if that would work for my boys. Hmmmm. One of my favorites is Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne.

    I’d love to have this post in my garden stroll round up. Poetry in the Garden with kids! Great idea!

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  3. Mom Unplugged says:

    Cloudscome: Thanks for the reminder about Now We Are Six. I had to add it because it is a wonderful one that should definitely be on the list! I’ll link this post to the Garden Stroll.

    Gattina: Thanks for the visit, I’ll be along shortly to check out Rosie and your limerick!

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  4. tegdirb92 says:

    I loved that picnic poetry idea!! And boy, do I need a nap!!! Thanks for sharing that!!

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  5. wishy the writer says:

    Maybe I should write a book…”Secret Confessions of a Lazy Mother”?

    tee hee.

    Glad my desparately lazy mothering could be of inspiration to you! Tee hee! I’d love to hear other “Lazy Mom in Disquise” hints from other moms! Post them!

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  6. Mom Unplugged says:

    Wishy’s link didn’t publish completely. You can find her Poetry Picnic post here.

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