On Year 4: March’s Poems

iciclesMarch is supposed to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb.  Right.  This year, March came in like a lion, stayed like a lion, and is going out complete with sleet and snow and–in the yard outside my classroom windows–still two feet of snow.  Blasted lion.  Spring ostensibly is here, or at least the calendar claims.  It’s been, to quote the Beatles, “a long cold lonely winter.”  Here’s hoping that it’s done its worst.


March 3, Monday:  “A Birthday” by Christina Rossetti (because yesterday was my son’s birthday, and this is the poem I always read for him)

Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti


March 4, Tuesday:  “Dear March–Come in” (1320) by Emily Dickinson

March 5, Wednesday: “Not Ideas About the Thing but the Thing Itself” by Wallace Stevens

March 6, Thursday: “Bright Star” by John Keats

March 7, Friday: “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley

March 10, Monday: “Market Forecast” by Alexa Selph

March 11, Tuesday: “Evening in a Sugar Orchard” by Robert Frost (because a girl from 6th period wanted to read the poem today, and she wanted one that rhymed)

March 12, Wednesday: “Walking Alone in Winter” by Jane Kenyon

Kay Ryan

Kay Ryan

March 13, Thursday: snow day–no school

March 14, Friday: in-service day–no classes

March 17, Monday: in-service day–no classes

March 18, Tuesday: “This Poem…” by Elma Mitchell

March 19, Wednesday: “The Hinge of Spring” by Kay Ryan

March 20, Thursday: snow day–no school

March 21, Friday: “Spring Snow” by William Matthews

March 24, Monday: “Everyone Sang” by Siegfried Sassoon

March 25, Tuesday: “Osprey” by Billy Collins

March 26, Wednesday: “Blizzard” by LindaPastan


Jeffrey Harrison

March 27, Thursday: “Who Has Seen the Wind” by Christina Rosetti

March 28, Friday: “The Friday Night Fights” by Ronald Wallace

March 31, Monday: “To a Snake” by Jeffrey Harrison


Tomorrow is April.  Maybe if we’re lucky, the sun will be out and some of this foolish snow will melt away.  Flowers?  Buds?  Please?


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