Sunday, April 18, 2021

NPM 2021 - Found Poem 18

Today's poem comes from The Street Beneath My Feet, written by Charlotte Guillain and illustrated by Yuval Zommer.

Beneath My Feet

walking the city streets
stop and look down
what's deep in the ground
under your feet?

  pipes, wires, and cables
  earthworms loosening soil
  centipedes and microorganisms
  the sewer where wastewater goes
  rats!
  history, objects left behind
  coins, pottery, swords
  skeletons
  loud rumbling noise - train!
  passengers, stations, tunnels
  limestone cave 
  stalactites and stalagmites
  underground river
  rock plates
  partly melted rock 
  liquid iron and nickel
  solid iron crystals
     at the center
     the hottest place on the planet

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2021. All rights reserved.

I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new poem I've found. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these found poems as images on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 
April 1 - Flotsam
April 2 - A Warm Wind
April 3 - Zentangle Poem
April 4 - Soap Bubbles
April 6 - Mount St. Helens
April 8 - Muir in California
April 9 - Night on the Reef
April 12 - Slow Thoughts
April 13 - Snowflake Bentley 
April 16 - One Well
April 17 - Phytoplankton

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Onward with the Progressive Poem

I can't believe we're more than halfway through National Poetry Month. It's been a while since I've participated in this endeavor, so I'm glad to be back as a participant in the progressive poem. I am following in the footsteps of many talented poets and have loved following along so far.

Heidi Mordhorst of my juicy little universe gave me these two lines to choose from:

With acorns and moss could we fashion a critter?
OR
Let's find pine needles, turn into vine knitters!

Why did she have to make it so hard?! Read on to see which one I chose!

I’m a case of kindness – come and catch me if you can!
Easily contagious – sharing smiles is my plan.
I’ll spread my joy both far and wide,
As a force of Nature I’ll be undenied.

Words like, “how can I help?” will bloom in the street.
A new girl alone on the playground – let’s meet, let’s meet!
We can jump-skip together in a double-dutch round.
Over, under, jump and wonder, touch the ground.

Friends can be found when you open a door.
Side by side, let’s walk through, there’s a world to explore.
We’ll hike through a forest of towering trees
Find a stream we can follow while we bask in the breeze.

Pull off our shoes and socks, dip our toes in the icy spring water
When you’re with friends, there’s no have to or oughter
What could we make, with leaves and litter?
Let's find pine needles, turn into vine knitters!

I'm a nature girl at heart, so choosing where to go next left so many possibilities. Here are the lines I came up with ...

We'll be swingers of birches and climbers of trees
OR
We'll lie on our backs and find shapes in the sky

I'm happily handing this off to Linda Baie at Teacher Dance and can't wait to see which one she'll choose and where she will take us on this collaborative adventure.

*****
Here's where the poem has been and where it's going!

April 1 Kat Apel at Kat Whiskers
2 Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
3 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
4 Donna Smith at Mainly Write
5 Irene Latham at Live your Poem
6 Jan Godown Annino at BookseedStudio
7 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
8 Denise Krebs at Dare to Care
9 Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche
10 Molly Hogan at Nix the Comfort Zone
11 Buffy Silverman
12 Janet Fagel at Reflections on the Teche
13 Jone Rush MacCulloch
14 Susan Bruck at Soul Blossom Living
15 Wendy Taleo at Tales in eLearning
16 Heidi Mordhorst at my juicy little universe
17 Tricia Stohr-Hunt at The Miss Rumphius Effect
18 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
19 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
20 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
21 Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life
22 Ruth Hersey at There is No Such Thing as a God-forsaken Town
23 Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
24 Tabatha Yeatts at The Opposite of Indifference
25 Shari Daniels at Islands of my Soul
26 Tim Gels at Yet There is Method
27 Rebecca Newman
28 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
29 Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wondering
30 Michelle Kogan at More Art 4 All

NPM 2021 - Found Poem 17

Today's poem comes from Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas, written by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm and illustrated by Molly Bang. 

Phytoplankton

blue water
green plants
everywhere
countless shapes
and sizes
so small
tiny plants
drifting
invisible pasture
feeds all life
in the sea 

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2021. All rights reserved.

I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new poem I've found. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these found poems as images on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 
April 1 - Flotsam
April 2 - A Warm Wind
April 3 - Zentangle Poem
April 4 - Soap Bubbles
April 6 - Mount St. Helens
April 8 - Muir in California
April 9 - Night on the Reef
April 12 - Slow Thoughts
April 13 - Snowflake Bentley 
April 16 - One Well

Friday, April 16, 2021

Poetry Friday and NPM 2021 - Found Poem 16

Welcome Poetry Friday friends! This year for National Poetry Month I'm writing and sharing found poems, most of which are science- or nature-themed. You can learn more about this form and my plans in this post describing the project. I'm also sharing these found poems as images on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 

Today's poem comes from pages 4, 8, 26, and 28 of One Well: The Story of Water on Earth, written by Rochelle Strauss and illustrated by Rosemary Woods. 

One Well

all water on Earth
is connected
the water you drink today 
may have
 rained down on the Amazon
  been steam escaping a teapot 
   flowed in an underground river

water has the power to
 sprout a seed
  quench a thirst
   provide a habitat
    generate energy

every splash
means life

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2021. All rights reserved.

I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new poem I've found. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these found poems as images on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 
April 1 - Flotsam
April 2 - A Warm Wind
April 3 - Zentangle Poem
April 4 - Soap Bubbles
April 6 - Mount St. Helens
April 8 - Muir in California
April 9 - Night on the Reef
April 12 - Slow Thoughts
April 13 - Snowflake Bentley 

I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Jama Rattigan at Jama's Alphabet Soup. Happy Poetry Friday all!

Thursday, April 15, 2021

NPM 2021 - Found Poem 15

Today's found poem comes from How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning, written and illustrated by Rosalyn Schanzer.

Ben Franklin, Inventor

thunderstorms brewing
ring church bells for all they're worth
steal lightning from the sky

pure electricity
a kite string, key, silk ribbon
famous lightning ro

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2021. All rights reserved.

I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new poem I've found. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these found poems as images on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 
April 1 - Flotsam
April 2 - A Warm Wind
April 3 - Zentangle Poem
April 4 - Soap Bubbles
April 6 - Mount St. Helens
April 8 - Muir in California
April 9 - Night on the Reef
April 12 - Slow Thoughts
April 13 - Snowflake Bentley 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

NPM 2021 - Found Poem 14

Today's poem comes from Strange Creatures: The Story of Walter Rothschild and His Museum, written and illustrated by Lita Judge.

Walter Rothschild and His Museum

unusual boy
spent time collecting
bugs, birds, animals
loved every creature 
dreamed a museum

hired explorers to  
collect specimens from
the far corners 
of the globe
new discoveries! 
beautiful and strange creatures!

crowds lined up to see
the zoological collection 
that forever changed 
our understanding
of the world's creatures

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2021. All rights reserved.

I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new poem I've found. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these found poems as images on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 
April 1 - Flotsam
April 2 - A Warm Wind
April 3 - Zentangle Poem
April 4 - Soap Bubbles
April 6 - Mount St. Helens
April 8 - Muir in California
April 9 - Night on the Reef
April 12 - Slow Thoughts

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

NPM 2021 - Found Poem 13

Today's poem comes from Snowflake Bentley, written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrated by Mary Azarian.

Snowflake Bentley

a boy loved snow
more than anything
found intricate patterns
more beautiful than imagined

to share what he had seen
learned to cut away 
 dark parts of the negative
waited hours for the right crystal
never found two alike

universal hexagonal shape
infinite designs

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2021. All rights reserved.

I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new poem I've found. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these found poems as images on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 
April 1 - Flotsam
April 2 - A Warm Wind
April 3 - Zentangle Poem
April 4 - Soap Bubbles
April 6 - Mount St. Helens
April 8 - Muir in California
April 9 - Night on the Reef
April 12 - Slow Thoughts

Monday, April 12, 2021

NPM 2021 - Found Poem 12

Today's poem comes from p. 8, 12, 14, 16, 30, 41, 50, 144, 161, 163, and 168 of The Slowest Book Ever, written by April Pullley Sayre and illustrated by Kelly Murphy.


Slow Thoughts

count to one thousand
 ponder a lifetime
  imagine transforming
   experience time in slow motion

the entire world can be amazing
 open fields
  feathers
   the sky
    a handful of soil
     animals on Earth
      millions of people

the universe is a great mystery
 impossibly big
don't worry 
if you do not understand
that we are seeing the past
when we see the light of stars

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2021. All rights reserved.

I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new poem I've found. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these found poems as images on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 
April 1 - Flotsam
April 2 - A Warm Wind
April 3 - Zentangle Poem
April 4 - Soap Bubbles
April 6 - Mount St. Helens
April 8 - Muir in California
April 9 - Night on the Reef