Friday, March 31, 2017

Poetry Friday - NPM Starts Tomorrow!

Where has March gone! I've spent the better part of the month thinking about National Poetry Month and what I would like to explore this April. First, I decided to look back to determine what I've already covered in these yearly celebrations.
2016 - Celebrations - Project in which I highlighted daily, weekly, or monthly celebrations in April and connected them to a poet, poem, or book of poetry. 
2015 - Poetic Forms 
2014 - Science/Poetry Pairs 
2013 - Poetry A to Z 
2011 - Poetry in the Classroom  
2010 - Poetry Makers 
2009 - Poetry Makers - Interviews with poets who write for children. 
2008 - Poetry in the Classroom - Project in which I highlighted a poem, a theme, a book, or a poet and suggested ways to make poetry a regular part of life in the classroom.
I began this blog in November of 2006. I was new to this thing called blogging in 2007 and was preparing for a trip to China, so a daily celebration of poetry never crossed my mind. I'm not sure why I embraced daily posts and a thematic project in 2008, but once I did, I knew it would be a yearly tradition.

In 2009, I wrote many of my April posts in a darkened theater during rehearsals for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. My father was in hospice care at the time, and I found that both poetry and the musical kept me afloat.

In looking back, it is the glaring gap in these celebrations of poetry that touches me with a familiar prickle of grief. On March 29th of 2012, my husband lost his older sister to suicide. It was an incredibly sad time, and one in which it was hard to find solace. I wrote a lot poetry then as I tried to make sense of something incomprehensible, but I couldn't bring myself to blog. Celebrating anything just felt wrong. This year marks the 5th anniversary of Pam's death. During the last few months I've spent quite a bit of time thinking of her and wondering how I can honor her, the things she loved, and the things I loved about her.

Pam was light, and love, and kindness, and peace. In the world we live in today, these traits are much needed. So, this month I've decided to honor Pam and her legacy of caring through poetry -- poetry that celebrates what it means to be human. My daily posts will focus on empathy, kindness, caring, friendship, gentleness and love. I know the color purple will make an appearance in some small way. There might even be a kitten or a puppy among these posts to honor Pam's love for all creatures great and small.

Shortly after Pam died, I seemed to see purple at every turn, and each time I did was reminded of her. I even spent some time looking for poems that contained the word purple. Here's a short one I found that is still with me today and continues to make me smile.

The Purple Cow
by Gelett Burgess

I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one,
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one!

Please join me in April for this year's National Poetry Month extravagnaza celebrating humanity and the incredible power of poetry.

I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater of The Poem Farm. Happy poetry Friday friends!


  1. I applaud all your poetry month projects! Great sticktoittiveness! Love the purple cow as well! :)

  2. Life comes at you so quickly -- boom, it's April. Oy, I feel so unready!

  3. What a beautiful, honest, kind way to celebrate this month....with love. I look forward to getting to know Pam's spirit through your poems. It's true that through writing we can keep a piece of something alive, and each of us should live in a way that inspires poems about kindness. Much love to you and your family. Connected to today's verse, I knew a teacher who shared that poem with students in his school. Then, while his students were at special, the small class from next door had hung a braille version on his door along with several coloring pages of cows - all purple! Here's to spreading good. xo

  4. I don't think we can ever get enough poetry love, Tricia... looking forward to getting to know Pam and her legacy.

  5. I think you've set yourself up for a wonderful month, Tricia. Looking forward to meeting Pam through you.

  6. I'm so excited to immerse myself in poetry this month! I've found such solace in poetry too over the years, writing can be a life raft, can't it, helping us keep our head above water!

  7. What a beautiful, loving tribute to someone you love.

  8. What a perfect way to pay tribute!

  9. I look forward to reading your tribute poems this month. And that's a wonderful poem, I know it from my childhood, thanks for sharing it here.