Monday, April 15, 2013

Please Bury Me in the Library

Each day this week a children's poetry book and a poem will be featured to celebrate Young People's Poetry Week (2013) as well as recipes and other book reviews for the grown-ups. 

Please Bury Me in the Library  is an eye-catching title for all those book lovers who can't get enough of reading. J.Patrick Lewis's book is a collection of 16 poems that celebrate books, reading, language and libraries. Each selection encompasses various poetic forms from an 8 word acrostic to Haiku to rhyming quatrains and couplets. Lewis was recently named the 3rd US Children's Poet Laureate (2011-2013) by the Poetry Foundation. 

I found the poems in this book to be little gems that are full of witty word play, humor and some occasional serious moments. The book is aimed for grades 2-4.

Please Bury Me in the Library

Please bury me in the library
In the clean, well-lighted stacks
Of Novels, History, Poetry
Right next to the Paperbacks.

Where the Kids's Books dance
With True Romance
And the Dictionary dozes.
Please bury me in the library
With a dozen long-stemmed proses.

Way back by a rack of Magazines,
I won't be sad too often, 
If they bury me in the library
With Bookworms in my coffin.

Chicken and Black Bean Stuffed Burritos
Adapted from Cooking Light December 2010
Serves 4
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 TB. fresh lime juice
  • ¼ tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken-use deli chicken as a time saver
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onion
  • 3/4 cup black beans rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup salsa
  • ½ cup refried beans
  • 4 flour tortillas (try whole wheat which gives it a unique flavor)
  • 1-1/2 cup Colby-Jack cheese grated
  • optional add in 1 cup of corn with bean mixture 
  • Bring first 5 ingredients to boil
  • Stir in shredded chicken
  • Combine beans, salsa, onions, and refried beans
  • On each tortilla spread down center, bean mixture and then chicken mixture
  • Sprinkle cheese over this mixture and roll flour tortilla up. Secure in place with a toothpick
  • Roll each tortilla in a piece of foil and place on a baking sheet
  • Cook 15-20 minutes at 350
  • Options for topping:guacamole sauce, lite sour cream, cilantro, prepared salsa


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