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
Take it away, Elizabeth!
by 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.
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.
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
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.
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
Poetry is forgiving. It doesn’t care WHY you write it.
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.
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!
Visit Elizabeth here! Banana Peelin’: The Ups and Downs of Becoming a Children’s Writer[divider=”1″]
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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.