Fernalicious Forest Fun

My dear friend Catherine Johnson is up to some poetry hijinks today at her marvelous eponymous blog Catherine Johnson, Writer.  We’re celebrating spring, fiddlehead ferns, and …frittatas?

Mother Nature’s tender tendrilsApril 29 13 069_crop
Push up through the forest floor.

Springtime spirals gyrate gently
Calling us to come explore.

Are they tiny violin necks?
Spring’s Vivaldi serenade.

Or tails of green chameleons
Doing handstands in the shade?

Like the bouncy curls of little girls
Beribboned, sweet and cute.

Or paper New Year’s blowout hornsFiddlehead Frittata
Unfurling TOOT TOOT TOOT!

Yes, ferns just love to celebrate
All things glorious, green and new.

Until they wind up on your plate
 In a frittata made for two.

By CreekI do hope that you pop over to Catherine’s blog where she’s gathered more fun fiddlehead fern frittata poems.  (Say that five times fast!)  Catherine’s tying them up with a bow as a gift to this lovely lady of the forest, Amy Ludwig Vanderwater.  Amy’s beautiful book of poetry Forest Has A Song (Clarion, 2013) is an absolute must read, and her lovely blog The Poem Farm is a cozy place to curl up and enjoy reading and writing poetry.

About Cathy Ballou Mealey

Picture book fanatic and autism advocate, author, scone lover. SLOTH AND SQUIRREL IN A PICKLE (2021) @KidsCanPress. WHEN A TREE GROWS (2019) @SterlingKids, Repped by Liza Fleissig @lizaroyceagency. Find me at Twitter/Instagram @catballoumealey
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53 Responses to Fernalicious Forest Fun

  1. Wha…what? Why am I the last to know of the fiddlehead fiesta? Boo!

    But YAY for your delightful poem, Ms. Mealey! The idea of chameleons doing handstands in the shade is just about the best happy-making image I’ve read in a good long time. Brava!

  2. Tina Cho says:

    Fun, fun with ferns! My son just learned about fiddleheads in his science book, and so it’s neat to see in your and Catherine’s blogs. Didn’t know you could eat them…

    • Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

      I love knowing that your son is reading about fiddleheads as well! Yes, once or twice a year they can be a tasty treat.

  3. izatrapani1 says:

    I also love the chameleons and the bouncy curls of little girls. You had some fun, I can see! Well done!

  4. What wondrous images you painted, my dear! Your poem is done with your usual perfection. Love your word choices and the rhymes. The chameleon handstands is my fave…very fun!

    • Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

      It was fun to collaborate on this group project with you Penny,
      Hurrah for silly chameleons!

  5. Sue Wang says:

    What a fun poem! I love the violin necks and handstand in the shade. And the idea of frittata!

    • Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

      You must tell us about the positive benefits of eating fiddleheads Sue! They must be chock full of nutrients with all that greeness?

  6. Wonderful poem! Super images. Such fun. I’ve enjoyed being part of Catherine’s “fiddlehead” project and surprise for Amy Ludwig Vanderwater.

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  8. That was fantastic. Who knew that a fiddlehead could be so inspiring?

  9. What a magnificent fiddlehead poem! Thank you so very much, Cathy! I am going to keep it and share it to help children understand metaphor too as these are simply spot-on and surprising too. (Pinning now.) I was completely honored by this party today. Thank you! Fiddleheads all around! xo, a.

    • Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed the celebration Amy! So much fun to be a part of a poem party. 🙂

  10. This is really a beautiful fiddlehead poem Cathy! I love the violin necks and Vivaldi’s serenade. I love all of your images.

    • Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

      Ah yes, your love of the symphony! I tried so hard to work “Primavera” into the poem but it was too many syllables with “Vivaldi”! I did have it playing in the background as I wrote however. 🙂

  11. Boy can you write poetry, Cathy! You always blow me out of the water with your word choice and rhythm. This one is no exception – just wonderful! 🙂

    • Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

      Thank you Susanna – you are very sweet! An extra slice of fiddlehead frittata for you…

  12. Eggsellent! Your poem is as zingy and zesty as the dish – without the calories!

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    • Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

      Thanks Erik I know that Amy’s book inspired YOU to write your wonderful “Ripples” haiku. Love the bugs in a wave pool!

  14. jama says:

    LOVE your poem — what fresh and surprising images! What fun! Beautifully lyrical and a joy to read. . . now I’m curious about what fiddleheads taste like :).

    • I’m glad you like the poem Jama. 🙂 To me, fiddleheads taste like a spinachy-asparagus and I apply salt and butter liberally. My dad puts vinegar on them. 😛

      Thank you for hosting PF today!

  15. I love the chameleons doing handstands too. Would you believe I spent the last three days walking in the woods looking for furled fern leaves?

    • Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

      I believe it Liz! Most of our fiddleheads have opened here now, but it’s been wet and muggy. Glad you enjoyed the chameleon idea.

  16. I love it! You had me at your fernalicious title. I especially love how you connected the fiddleheads to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and later they became New Year’s horns.

    • Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

      Oh Karin – do you hear the music of the forest too?

      There was a vigorous, voracious woodpecker rat-a-tat-tatting on our last forest walk. It became a bit monotonous!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  17. margaretsmn says:

    Precious poem. Enjoyed the rhyme and rhythm and learning about fiddleheads. Not so sure I’d like to eat one, but I once said that about sushi.

    • Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

      I said that about sushi too Margaret! Here, please enjoy a spicy tuna roll.
      Thank you for coming by and commenting!

  18. Amazing poem, Cathy! My favorite line is:
    “Or paper New Year’s blowout horns
    Unfurling TOOT TOOT TOOT!”
    Concrete sensory details throughout make it a fun read! Thanks for sharing!

    • Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

      Thanks Bridget! I was Googling madly trying to find out if there is an actual name for those things besides “blowout horns.” Nope!

  19. I saw some fiddleheads while I was driving the other day and thought how lovely they were, but never would have come up with all your wonderful images! Thanks for sharing!

  20. maryleehahn says:

    I’m trying to imagine a forest with enough ferns so that you could harvest a pound of fiddleheads and still have ferns left over! (Or does the fern still grow after you take its curly top?) My ferns in the front flower bed have long been unfurled, so they have nothing to worry about…this spring…

    • Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

      How lucky you are to have ferns in your front flower bed! In the forest they seem prolific, so no danger of harming them through careful harvest. I love to peek underneath and look at the tiny brown spores spots later in the season!

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  22. Joanna says:

    How did I miss this food for soul and stomach!?

  23. I know I’m late to this fernalicious fiesta, but I heard about the handstanding chameleons and just had to come see for myself. Oh yes… most definitely worth the trip!

    • Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

      Delighted to have you here Michelle! Now, have you happened to see my keys anywhere? 😉

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