Friday, April 27, 2018

Catherine Flynn

a particular farmhouse
in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island

IMPERFECT poet Catherine Flynn wrote this poem about a famous fictional mistake using many of the author's own words. Can you name the author or the character?

This is just to say

Forgive me,
I did not mean
to intoxicate
my bosom friend.

But in my joy
at the prospect
of serving her tea,
I mistook

currant wine
for raspberry cordial,
bright red
and so nice.

CATHERINE FLYNN is a literacy specialist from Connecticut who is passionate about sparking a love of poetry in children. When she’s not teaching, reading, or writing, Catherine likes to knit hats, scarves, and blankets for her friends and family. When the weather cooperates, she can be found in her garden or walking her dog, Lucy. Her poems have been included in The Best of Today’s Little Ditty, 2014-2015 and The Best of Today’s Little Ditty, 2016. She blogs at Reading to the Core and tweets as @flynn_catherine.


  1. Ha! Yes, I remember this scene! I love this story. And it's a beautiful part of the world.

  2. Oooh...this is what I will be mulling over all day. I feel I should know the answer, but....

  3. Fun poem, and what a grand though innocent mistake, love the story too–such a gorgeous area it's set in!

  4. One of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite books! One day I hope to visit a certain farmstead on PEI.

  5. Cute, cute take on "This is Just to Say." I'm hoping I don't know the story because it's targeted for elementary. I'm so curious I need to research.

  6. Certainly many middle schoolers will adore this, Catherine. Well done, and very fun - poem & scene of course.

  7. Oh, I love it! Bright red and so nice indeed. :)

  8. I really should read the book. I only know the reference because of the PBS production! FUN!

  9. I hope children still read those books. They don't have the immediacy of modern novels, the stakes are heartfelt but not life or death. Yet, such imagination. So engaging. Congrats for being published, Catherine.