I began sending out postcards for my project yesterday -- the first day post offices were open in 2013.
I had sent card #1 out a few weeks early -- to Poetry Friday blogger Linda Baie -- who was my PF Holiday Exchange partner. So, I officially started the mailings yesterday with card #2.
I'll be blogging poems from the project throughout January and February. Look for them on Poetry Fridays.
Here is some incredible serendipity for your enjoyment:
- I turn 44 on 2/22. It's a magic birthday because 2x22=44!
- There are 44 cards in the project.
- Subtract one card for Linda and I have 43 cards left to send.
- From January 1st to February 22nd, there are exactly 43 mailing days!
Card #4 will be going out to a special history buff, but I'd also like to dedicate this poem to a young man who has been working super hard on a National History Day project. His topic: the Civil War battle between two ironclad vessels, the Merrimack and the Monitor. You can read more about the ships and their battle at AmericanCivilWar.com. The site has some great kid-friendly resources for your young historians.
Here is the postcard:
|"Battle of Monitor and Merrimack"|
By J. O. Davidson
Fort Monroe Casemate Museum
Available at Sheila Dee's Postcards
And the poem:
The ironclad’s magic
trick is in its plates,
which do not
spin on sticks,
It may be given
wooden boats to eat,
but such a ship’s
intention is defense.
cannon fire merely dents.
Battling an ironclad
makes little sense.
by Laura Shovan
My son was a fan of Avi's middle grade historical novel on the battle between these two innovative ships, Iron Thunder: The Battle Between the Monitor & the Merrimack.
|Read the author's blog post about the battle.|
|Lincoln is a popular research topic and this book|
is an interesting take on the president as an innovator.
You'll find more Poetry Friday links at Matt Forrest Ensenwine's Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme.