Say “Howdy!” to SpeakEasy 16 on April 12!
After much merry salamander chasing to acquire proper inspiration, I’m delighted to say that I’ve written my first-ever children’s poem!
“A Poem for My Friend Luther”
a.k.a. The Salamander Poem
My friend Luther says we should all write a poem
And then read it to some kids.
But I’m not really a poet, I say.
I write mainly stories for grown-ups, you know.
Plus I don’t have any kids
Just some nieces living far away
And a dog that’s a German Shepherd.
I’m sorry, but I don’t feel I meet
The minimum qualifications for this project.
Fiddlesticks, Luther says. Anyone can write a poem.
All it takes is imagination . . .
If you want to hear the rest, you’ll have to come to SpeakEasy 16, on Sunday, April 12 @ 2 p.m. at Bellingham’s Mount Baker Theatre. Hope to see you there!
XO Laurel Leigh
P.S.: If you missed the wacky Facebook/Wordpress shenanigans, Sully the Salamander is the artwork of New Jersey–based author/illustrator Mike Allegra. Known as “Writer Fellow”—his blog is called heylookawriterfellow—Mike led some of us in Whatcom County WA and beyond on a week-long merry chase around Facebook and WordPress in pursuit of one of his famed “doodles” to pair with my poem at the special SpeakEasy 16 event, celebrating poetry by and for children.
Plus Sully the Salamander now has a tribute webpage!