Poetry Friday: Poetry Is…Forgiving, with Elizabeth Stevens Omlor

Poetry Is...with Elizabeth Stevens Omlor

Time for another installment of the “Poetry Is…” series!

Today I have children’s writer and pal Elizabeth Stevens Omlor, who has catapulted to fame with her blog, Banana Peelin’. What? You don’t know it? Hie thee thither, then, friends! Especially if you love to laugh at other people’s misfortunes. You see, Elizabeth oozes so much charm that famous children’s writers open their hearts and poor out their souls right there on her blog. They tell us all about their most embarrassing moments on the road to publication — their “banana peel moments” as Elizabeth calls them — so that we may avoid these pitfalls and pratfalls on our own journeys. The blog is a treasure trove of cautionary tales and established writers that we get to laugh at with.

Take it away, Elizabeth!

orange gerbera

by Elizabeth Stevens Omlor

Elizabeth Stevens Omlor

To me, poetry is… FORGIVING.  Why, whatever does she mean? you ask. Well, lemme tell ya.

Poetry is forgiving. It doesn’t care WHO you are.

Mostly Monsterly by Tammi Sauer
from MOSTLY MONSTERLY by Tammi Sauer, illustrations by Scott Magoon

Don’t tell me you didn’t know MONSTERS wrote poetry!

roses are red
violets are blue
in this card
i went ACHOO!

(By the way, Mostly Monsterly should be owned by you and 23 of your closest friends!)

Poetry is forgiving. It doesn’t care WHAT you write about.

shower haiku

This is one of the seven haikus my husband wrote and left for me to discover in strategic places on Valentine’s Day.

Scrub a dub dub
Beautiful skin
you caress
I love you so much!!!

This one was left by our shower in the early morning. He’s silly. =)

Poetry is forgiving. It doesn’t care WHEN you write it.

Erik and Walt Whitman

 Age doesn’t matter!
(If you don’t know about Erik, find him on his blog, This Kid Reviews Books, and on his own NWR Poetry Is post. He says poetry is MAGNIFUL. I think HE is magniful!)

Poetry is forgiving. It doesn’t care WHERE you write it.


Sometimes the beauty is easy
Sometimes you don’t have to try at all
Sometimes you can hear the wind blow
in a handshake
Sometimes there’s poetry
written right on the 
bathroom wall

Nuff said.

Poetry is forgiving. It doesn’t care WHY you write it.

Bacon. Mmmm….

Poetry is forgiving. It doesn’t care  HOW you write it.


To clothe the fiery thought
In simple words succeeds,
For still the craft of genius is
To mask a king in weeds.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Poetry is forgiving. It just cares that you love it.

orange gerbera

About Elizabeth
Elizabeth Stevens Omlor loves slipping on banana peels. She has at least one slip a day, physically or verbally. She loves writing for children, although she has recently discovered she is a delusional rhymer. When she isn’t writing for children, you can find her having a kitchen dance party with her husband and two young children or drinking a large glass of milk. She loves milk. Yum. Especially when it’s in chocolate. She blogs about all of this here on her very slippery site!




Stay tuned as the following poets stop by No Water River — complete with poetry videos — during the month of April:
George Ella Lyon
Michael Salinger
Heidi Bee Roemer
David L. Harrison
Joy Acey
Ted Scheu
Leslie Bulion
Heidi Mordhorst
Julie Larios
Janet Wong
Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
Kate Coombs
Joyce Sidman
Lee Bennett Hopkins

Not a bad lineup, eh?

The forgiving Mary Lee at A Year of Reading is hosting Poetry Friday today. Hop on over and write a haiku on her bathroom wall!

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Video location: Banana Peel Corners.

See more poems in my poetry video library.

“Poet” by Ralph Waldo Emerson is in the public domain. 

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  1. Awww… thanks! Now, I crave a red crunchy thin thing-a-ling! 😉

    Your post is great!
    I like your video too.
    It is MAGNIFUL! 😀

  2. Thanks for sharing this, Renee – I’ll definitely have to check out Elizabeth’s blog! And congratulations on completing your ‘Lachrymose’ poem – hope you were able to finally find a few dream drops!

  3. Thank you for the introductions to Elizabeth and Erik, Renee and now I’m off to discover their blogs. So many poets to discover and enjoy!

  4. Beautiful post with some of my favorite people. It was nice to hear you read poetry, Elizabeth…you didn’t slip at all 🙂

    I’m really looking forward to April and all the treats at No Water River!

  5. To quote Marcus Ewert (who no doubt quotes someone else when he says) “GAH!” This is why I can’t comment on others’ blog as much as I’d like!

    I get there and then there are all these interesting things and links to follow and new people to meet and then it’s 20 minutes later and–

    thanks to you and Elizabeth. Poetry IS forgiving, innit?

  6. What a sweet, fun post. Have slipped by Elizabeth’s blog a few times myself :). Enjoyed the Whitman reading and seeing Erik the Great’s pic next to him.

    What a great roster of guests you have lined up for PM! I’ve added your info to my Kidlit PM Roundup post. 🙂

  7. How lovely, Bananabeth! I also loved seeing the magniful Erik next to Whitman.Nice reading and so great to hear your voice and see your warm smile.
    And what a romantic husband you have! 🙂

    Renee, I can’t wait to read your Lachrymose poem.I knew you could do it!

  8. Next post should be Erik having a conversation with Walt! Or a bacon vs. Bacon poem challenge: “O let the saints bear in their mouth his praise” – Okay, I fried, I mean tried! lol
    Great stuff Elizabeth and Renee!

      1. “FALOMGINS”??? I quote, to the awesome bacon-loving poem-spewing viewers of this blog:

        “Haikus are easy
        But sometimes they don’t make sense

        And one of my own:

        Breakfast is so great.
        You can have a lot of things.
        Like hash and bacon.


  9. Thanks for highlighting Elizabeth! Can’t wait to see the videos and the interviews of who you have in store in April. Really looking forward to Heidi, Michael, Janet and of course LBH!

  10. Fun post – love Elizabeth’s sentiment – poetry IS forgiving – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Loving it is all that matters. Good luck in the Final Four – you worked wonders with “Lachrymose”. =)

  11. Thanks for all the fun. I needed a good laugh this Friday evening. I will run over to Elizabeth’s blog to see what other good stuff is there, & I know Erik’s, have shared it at school-terrific recommendations there all the time! Love the shower poem. I used to have a student who told me she wrote all her poems in the shower; her mom bought her those soap crayons!

  12. What fun! And what a sweet hubby. I am so happy to know about Elizabeth’s blog and to have heard her read this Emerson poem. That one is going to stick to my ribs – copying it into my notebook now. So true. Many thanks to both of you for this post. xo, a.

  13. For still the craft of genius is
    To mask a king in weeds.

    How gorgeous is that?

    Elizabeth, thank you for sharing your quirky and delightful jaunt through poetry with all of us. You are one of a kind. GIGANTIC smooches to you! 🙂

  14. Well, I didn’t get to this party yesterday, but thanks for leaving out the banana bread and a balloon. Had no idea what to expect from Renee’s post title – what a fun surprise!

    Elizabeth, thanks for bringing your charm our way this week, and I enjoyed visiting your blog. :0)

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