Saturday, April 20, 2024

Progressive Poem is Here!

Have you been following the progressive poem progress? I hope so! I'm happy to be number 20 in line for this growing tale. My couplet is at the boom and in bold.

cradled in stars, our planet sleeps,
clinging to tender dreams of peace
sister moon watches from afar,
singing lunar lullabies of hope.

almost dawn, I walk with others,
keeping close, my little brother.
hand in hand, we carry courage
escaping closer to the border

My feet are lightning;
My heart is thunder.
Our pace draws us closer
to a new land of wonder.

I bristle against rough brush—
poppies ahead brighten the browns.
Morning light won’t stay away—
hearts jump at every sound.

I hum my own little song
like ripples in a stream
Humming Mami’s lullaby
reminds me I have her letter

My fingers linger on well-worn creases,
shielding an address, a name, a promise–
Sister Moon will find always us
surrounding us with beams of kindness

But last night as we rested in the dusty field,
worries crept in about matters back home.
I huddled close to my brother. Tears revealed
the no-choice need to escape. I feel grown.

Leaving all I’ve ever known
the tender, heavy, harsh of home.
On to maybes, on to dreams,
on to whispers we hope could be.

But I don't want to whisper! I squeeze Manu's hand.
"¡Más cerca ahora!" Our feet pound the sand.
We race, we pant, we lean on each other
I open my canteen and drink gratefully

Thirst is slaked, but I know we’ll need
more than water to achieve our dreams.
Nights pass slowly, but days call for speed
through the highs and the lows, we live with extremes


Janet, hosted at Reflections on the Teche has the next couplet!
For the full schedule of participants, see the list below.

April 1 Patricia Franz at Reverie
April 2 Jone MacCulloch
April 3 Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
April 4 Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life
April 5 Irene at Live Your Poem
April 6 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
April 7 Marcie Atkins
April 8 Ruth at There is no such thing as a God-forsaken town
April 9 Karen Eastlund
April 10 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
April 11 Buffy Silverman
April 12 Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
April 13 Denise Krebs at Dare to Care
April 14 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
April 15 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
April 16 Sarah Grace Tuttle
April 17 Heidi Mordhorst at my juicy little universe
April 18 Tabatha at Opposite of Indifference
April 19 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
April 20 Tricia Stohr-Hunt at The Miss Rumphius Effect
April 21 Janet, hosted here at Reflections on the Teche
April 22 Mary Lee Hahn at A(nother) Year of Reading
April 23 Tanita Davis at (fiction, instead of lies)
April 24 Molly Hogan at Nix the Comfort Zone
April 25 Joanne Emery at Word Dancer
April 26 Karin Fisher-Golton at Still in Awe
April 27 Donna Smith at Mainely Write
April 28 Dave at Leap of Dave
April 29 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
April 30 Michelle Kogan at More Art for All

Friday, April 19, 2024

NPM 2024 - Book Spine Poem 19

Happy Poetry Friday! For National Poetry Month this year, I am perusing my bookshelves and building book spine poems.


This is just to say
poetry matters
Today and today
just people and paper, pen, poem
tiny dreams sprouting tall
Wonderful words
falling down the page
A lucky thing

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2024. All rights reserved.

Sources
  • This is Just to Say by Joyce Sidman, illustrations by Pamela Zagarenski
  • Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem From the Inside Out by Ralph Fletcher 
  • Today and Today, haiku by Issa, pictures by G. Brian Karas
  • Just People and Other Poems for Young Readers & Paper/Pen/Poem: A Young Writer's Way to Begin, poems by Kathi Appelt, photographs by Kenneth Appelt
  • Tiny Dreams Sprounting Tall: Poems About the United States by Laura Purdie Salas
  • Wonderful Words: Poems About Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrations by Karen Barbour
  • Falling Down the Page: A Book of List Poems, edited by Georgia Heard
  • A Lucky Thing by Alice Schertle, paintings by Wendell Minor
I hope you'll come back again to see what new poem I've cobbled together. You can find other poems I've written this month at the links below.


This week, Poetry Friday is hosted by Heidi Mordhorst at my juicy little universe. I hope you'll take some time to check out all things poetic being shared today.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

NPM 2024 - Book Spine Poem 18

For National Poetry Month this year, I am perusing my bookshelves and building book spine poems.


Subway sparrow
city hawk
honk, honk, goose
bird talk

Chatter, sing, roar, buzz
song of the wild
where I live 

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2024. All rights reserved.

Sources
  • Subway Sparrow by Leyla Torres
  • City Hawk: The Story of Pale Male by Meghan McCarthy
  • Honk, Honk, Goose!: Canada Geese Start a Family by April Pulley Sayre, illustrations by Huy Voun Lee
  • Bird Talk: What Birds Are Saying and Why by Lita Judge
  • Chatter, Sing, Roar, Buzz: Poems About the Rain Forest by Laura Purdie Salas
  • Song of the Wild: A First Book of Animals by Nicola Davies, illustrations by Petr Horacek 
  • Where I Live by Eileen Spinelli, illustrations by Matt Phelan
I hope you'll come back again to see what new poem I've cobbled together. You can find other poems I've written this month at the links below.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

NPM 2024 - Book Spine Poem 17

For National Poetry Month this year, I am perusing my bookshelves and building book spine poems.


I’m trying to love math
Marvelous math
  the numbers
   millions, billions, and trillions
    this plus that
Mesmerizing math
  when a line bends, a shape begins
   shapes, shapes, shapes
    seeing symmetry
Mystery math
  How many?
   Why Pi?
    Which one doesn’t belong?
Grasping mysteries
in the moment
learning to love math

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2024. All rights reserved.

Sources
  • I'm Trying to Love Math by Bethany Barton
  • Marvelous Math: A Book of Poems, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrations by Karen Barbour
  • The Numbers (Mouse Books) by Monique Felix 
  • Millions, Billions, & Trillions: Understanding Big Numbers by David A. Adler, illustrations by Edward Miller
  • This Plus That: Life's Little Equations by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrations by Jen Corace
  • Mesmerizing Math by Jonathan Litton, illustrations by Thomas Flintham 
  • When a Line Bends . . . A Shape Begins by Rhonda Gowler Greene, illustrations by James Kaczman 
  • Shapes, Shapes, Shapes by Tana Hoban
  • Seeing Symmetry by Loreen Leedy
  • Mystery Math: A First Book of Algebra by David A. Adler, illustrations by Edward Miller 
  • How Many? (Talking Math) by Christopher Danielson
  • Why Pi? by Johnny Ball
  • Which One Doesn't Belong?: A Shapes Book by Christopher Danielson
  • Grasping Mysteries: Girls Who Loved Math by Jeannine Atkins
  • In the Moment: Conferring in the Elementary Math Classroom by Jen Munson
  • Learning to Love Math: Teaching Strategies That Change Student Attitudes and Get Results by Judy Willis
I hope you'll come back again to see what new poem I've cobbled together. You can find other poems I've written this month at the links below.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

NPM 2024 - Book Spine Poem 16

For National Poetry Month this year, I am perusing my bookshelves and building book spine poems.


The year comes round
a new school year
Let's go!
The song shoots out of my mouth
O Frabjous day!
Hello school!

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2024. All rights reserved.

Sources
  • The Year Comes Round: Haiku through the Seasons by Sid Farrar, illustrations by Ilse Plume
  • A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices by Sally Derby, illustrations by Mika Song
  • Let's Go!: The Story of Getting from There to Here by Lizann Flatt, illustrations by Scot Ritchie 
  • The Song Shoots Out of My Mouth by Jaime Adoff, illustrations by Martin French
  • O Frabjous Day!: Poetry for Holidays and Special Occasions, edited by Myra Cohn Livingston
  • Hello School! by Dee Lillegard, illustrations by Don Carter
I hope you'll come back again to see what new poem I've cobbled together. You can find other poems I've written this month at the links below.

Monday, April 15, 2024

NPM 2024 - Book Spine Poem 15

For National Poetry Month this year, I am perusing my bookshelves and building book spine poems.

Leaf by leaf
swirl by swirl
down ... down ... down
Wonder fall
Roots and blues
Forest has a song

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2024. All rights reserved.

Sources
  • Leaf by Leaf: Autumn Poems selected by Barbara Rogasky, photographs by Marc Tauss
  • Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman, pictures by Beth Krommes
  • Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea by Steve Jenkins
  • Wonderfall by Michael Hall
  • Roots and Blues: A Celebration by Arnold Adoff, paintings by R. Gregory Christie
  • Forest Has a Song by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, illustrations by Robbin Gourley
I hope you'll come back again to see what new poem I've cobbled together. You can find other poems I've written this month at the links below.

Sunday, April 14, 2024

NPM 2024 - Book Spine Poem 14

For National Poetry Month this year, I am perusing my bookshelves and building book spine poems.


Sky scrape, city scape
come with me
A city is
home to me
New York
Hello, hello!
Here I am 
home, sweet home

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2024. All rights reserved.

Sources
  • Sky Scrape/City Scape: Poems of City Life by Jane Yolen, illustrations by Ken Condon 
  • Come With Me: Poems For a Journey by Naomi Shihab Nye, images by Dan Yaccarino
  • A City Is by Norman Rosten, illustrations by Melanie Hope Greenberg
  • Home to Me: Poems Across America, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrations by Stephen Alcorn
  • New York (State Shapes) by Erik Bruun, illustrations by Rick Peterson
  • Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel
  • Here I Am by Patti Kim, pictures by Sonia Sánchez
  • Home, Sweet Home: What Makes a House a Home? by Moira Butterfield, illustrations by Clair Rossiter
I hope you'll come back again to see what new poem I've cobbled together. You can find other poems I've written this month at the links below.