Hope is a Drum

Feel that drumbeat? School is starting.

A new school year fills me with hope– hope for fresh starts, open hearts, new learning. I’m back to work in my job as an elementary school Literacy Coach. How perfect to kick off this school year by celebrating the publication of a new middle-grade poetry anthology from Pomelo Books called WHAT IS HOPE? 

I’m delighted to have a poem included in this collection. “Drum” was fun to write, and I’m hoping to collaborate with the music teacher in our school to do something together with the students around percussion and this poem!

I’m grateful to editors Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell for including my poem in this lively and full-of-heart book. 100% of the profits from the book go to the IBBY Children in Crisis Fund. Where can you order it? Check here.

My wish for you is that this new school year, and this new season, starts with hope.

On Fridays, I love taking part in Poetry Friday when I can, where writers share resources about children’s poetry. Check out the Poetry Friday gathering at Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s blog today!



    • In honor of you son, I’m putting my poem here, Irene! (and I have to figure out why my images are not showing.)
      by Mary E. Cronin

      Feel it in our circle–
      the cadence,
      the thrum.
      Feel it in your fingertips,
      your palm,
      your thumb.

      Together we are beat
      and echo
      and thud.
      Feel it in your breath,
      feel it in your blood.

      Together we are rise
      and rhythm
      and hum.
      Feel it in your chest–
      hope is a drum.

  1. lindabaie says:

    I love that you have this poem in the anthology, Mary, one that can help start the new school year with a rhythm of celebration! It’s wonderful!

  2. traceykj18 says:

    Mary, this reminds me to listen! Sometimes I can hear the high school marching band drums from my window as they practice in the fall. I couldn’t see the poem, but congratulations on its inclusion in the anthology! Very exciting.

  3. maryleehahn says:

    I wish there was a way for the images to show in your blog. If you click on the symbol, you can see them, but they aren’t right there. The rhythm in your drum poem is spot on!

  4. Denise Krebs says:

    Mary, I feel the rhythm in your “Drum” poem. I hope you will have fun working with this with the music students this year.

  5. Karen Edmisten says:

    Mary, I couldn’t see the image either, so thanks for putting the poem in the comments. I love the rhythm and rhyme. I can feel the thrum of the drum and the sound of hope.

  6. I can feel your poem in my body, Mary. The rhythm is so perfect, so heartbeat, and I love the way you bring us all together with your words. I, too, am reminded of our son who used to play drums. On everything! Happy week ahead… xo, a.

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