Friday, June 25, 2021

Poetry Sisters Tackle the Zentangle

This month's challenge was to compose a zentangle poem.  Kat Apel does a really nice job describing them on her site. This is similar to blackout poetry, though doodles and lines are used to block and frame the words. 

All of these poems come from pages found in Maugham's Choice of Kipling's Best, published by Doubleday & Company in 1953. I found this at a thrift shop, so even though it sets my teeth on edge to destroy a book, I've committed to using this one for experimenting with this form.

When we met on Sunday I chose a page and wrote all the words that looked promising for a poem, in order, on a large sheet of paper. I underlined words that I thought might work together, and wrote a poem. Then I went back with another color and tried again.

When I felt like I had something, I boxed the words on the page. Sara suggested connecting the words, so I did, hoping for some organic shape to appear.

Here's the poem. 
Evening

smoke and shadow lay long
woods full of scents and sounds
pretty things lark about
sit still
enjoy

Of course, after I boxed them, I realized I didn't like the ending and should have done something different after "lark about," so I abandoned this one.

Before we met, I experimented with a page and a poem, but it's too busy and the words got lost, though I liked where the poem was going.
The hearts and flower are a bit much. Here's the untitled poem.

lovingly connected
without a word
caught in his eyes
hearts beating slowly
hands dropped
spoke
good enough to 
fill the silence

I wish that had been hearts beating quickly, but you can't change the words or the order in a poem like this, so it can be very frustrating. Perhaps this is a good way to generate a first draft of a poem.

The poem I landed on doesn't feel very zentangle-ish, but it's what I've got. Here is the page, some closeups, and the poem.


summer day
simple things
song
grass, sweet smelling
wind, light
friends together

My poetry sisters know that this last week has been hard. I've been struggling with some health issues, but in the midst of it all, my mother fell, had surgery, then suffered a stroke. She declined rapidly and was placed in hospice care on Tuesday. She has not woken since Wednesday. I can't be with her and am heartbroken about it. I'm finding it hard to write poems now, but I did manage this zentangle for her.

For June
I remember lots of things
the sea
dreams
your life
laugh
soul
I have loved you
every minute
mother mine

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

You can read the pieces written by my Poetry Sisters at the links below. 
Would you like to try the next challenge? Next month we are writing villanelles on the topic of dichotomy - or, true opposites, if you will. Bifurcations. Incongruities. Paradoxes. Contradictions. We're talking Luke/Darth (or is that a false dichotomy, and they're two sides of the same coin??? Discuss), real/imagined, civilized/savage, winter/summer, function/dysfunction. Interested? Good! You've got a month to craft your creation(s), then share your offering (or someone else's) with the rest of us on July 30th in a post and/or on social media with the tag #PoetryPals. We look forward to reading your poems! (Thanks to Tanita for writing this bit!)

I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise. Happy poetry Friday friends.

Friday, May 28, 2021

Poetry Sisters Write Ekphrastic Poems

This month's Poetry Sisters challenge was to write a poem in response to an image. We had a few to choose from, but I decided to write to a photo Sara shared of Spider Dress and Serpent. This dress was designed by Isamu Noguchi in 1946 for Martha Graham dance productions. It was worn by Graham for the performance Cave of the Heart, in which she portrayed Medea who, after being abandoned for another woman by her husband Jason, killed his wife and their children. 

Photo taken by Sara Lewis Holmes at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. 

When we met on Zoom almost two weeks ago, I was still thinking about the 4×4 form that I'd seen in an earlier Poetry Friday post. Denise Krebs at Dare to Care invented this form. Here are the rules.
  • 4 syllables in each line
  • 4 lines in each stanza
  • 4 stanzas
  • 4 times repeating a refrain line–line 1 in the first stanza, line 2 in the second stanza, line 3 in the third stanza, and line 4 in the fourth stanza.
  • Bonus: 4 syllables in the title
  • No restrictions on subject, rhyme, or meter.
This felt like a good form to constrain my writing. Given the dress, a restrictive form seemed like the way to go. I wrote several different poems, but this one is my favorite.

Corsetted Heart

inside a cage
I'm tightly bound
can barely move
no breath, no sound

my heart is locked
inside a cage
the pain it feels
time can't assuage

these wounds don't heal
when locked away
inside a cage
a taut ballet

most tender souls
will disengage
when living life
inside a cage

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

You can read the pieces written by my Poetry Sisters at the links below. 
Would you like to try the next challenge? Next month we are writing zentangle poems. If you are unfamiliar with this form, check out this post by Kat Apel. Share your poem on June  in a post and/or on social media with the tag #PoetryPals. We look forward to reading your poems!

I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Michelle Kogan. Happy poetry Friday friends! 

Friday, May 21, 2021

Poetry Friday - Celebrating Mary Lee

When I started my blog late in 2006, I quickly found my way to kidlit blogs, Poetry Friday and an amazing community. A Year of Reading, so beautifully written by Mary Lee and Franki, became one of my regular reads. It has evolved over the years, much like this blog has, though Mary Lee and Franki have been more consistent than I. 

I'm grateful for all Mary Lee has taught me over the years about teaching, about poetry, about life. As a teacher educator, I find retirements bittersweet. I know how hard it is to find good teachers, especially those who serve for many years with a passion that is unabated. I also know how hard teaching is and how well-deserved a rest is when it is time to go.

I spent a week trying on different poetic forms and trying to find the words for a fitting tribute. In the end, I went with fishing, because this isn't an end, but a beginning. The poem I wrote is a lai. The Lai is a French syllabic verse form consisting of one or more stanza of nine lines with two rhymes, though the rhyme can vary from stanza to stanza. Here are features of the form.

  • 9 lines.
  • Rhyme scheme is a-a-b-a-a-b-a-a-b.
  • Lines ending with rhyme a are five syllables in length.
  • Lines ending with rhyme b are two syllables in length.
Mary Lee, I wish you many happy hours in a stream, up to your waders in quiet, and sun, and peace.

Fly Fishing
perfect and apart
river steals my heart
each swish
of line, each cast start
a rhythm to chart
a wish
that this quiet art
hook set will impart
a fish

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

I do hope you'll take some time to check out the posts honoring Mary Lee today, as well as all the other wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wandering. Happy poetry Friday friends.

Friday, April 30, 2021

NPM 2021 - Poetry Friday, Found Poem 30, and Writing With My Poetry Sisters

Welcome Poetry Friday friends! This year for National Poetry Month I wrote and shared found poems, most of which were science- or nature-themed. Even though my poetry sisters and I are sharing the results of this month's challenge today, I couldn't let the month pass without completing one final poem in this series.

Today's found poem comes from Seashells: More Than a Home, written by Melissa Stewart and illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen. Unlike other found poems I have written this month, this one uses words and phrases in an order that is different from the way they appear in the text.

Seashells

at home in the sea
mollusks
live a secret life
some float and dive
dodge and dart
skim and glide 
through the water

some spend time
on the ocean floor
scrape and grind
sand and mud
tunnel into the seabed

in time, a curious afterlife 
as treasures 
in all shapes, 
sizes and colors
wash up on beaches
all over the Earth

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

You can find links to all the found poems I've written this month on the NPM 2021 page. I also shared these poems as images on my Instagram, which is a good place to go if you want to see them all in one place.  

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This month's Poetry Sisters challenge was to write a poem in the style of Linda Hogan's "Innocence." I spent a lot of time thinking about (stressing over) this one and was feeling really lost. We had an opportunity to exchange ideas before we met on Sunday, and our subsequent conversation about form and topic really helped me think about how to proceed. Since I have volcanoes on the brain, I decided to use a variation of Hogan's first line and begin with "There is nothing more __."  The word I chose was constructive. The poem didn't go where I expected, but they rarely do. This one is untitled.

There is nothing more constructive
than an active volcano
eerily silent for centuries then
suddenly roaring to life
with a mighty rumble
belching ash, cinder, and smoke
into the sky 
while fissures in the earth
ooze lava in a scorching
blanket of molten rock

Beneath the surface, Vulcan
hammers away at the smithy 
forging weapons of war
Earth tremors have me wondering
who has wronged whom, 
and why
 
We do not learn from our missteps
conflict is inevitable, as unavoidable
as an island newly formed
from a volcano awoken

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

You can read the pieces written by my Poetry Sisters at the links below. 
Would you like to try the next challenge? Next month we are writing ekphrastic poems. Share your poem on May 28th in a post and/or on social media with the tag #PoetryPals. We look forward to reading your poems!

I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Matt Forrest Esenwine. Happy poetry Friday friends!

Thursday, April 29, 2021

NPM 2021 - Found Poem 29

Today's found poem comes from Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story, written by Suzanne Slade and illustrated by Jessica Lanan.

Wild About Nature

hold it close
feel it squish
run barefoot
climb tall trees
just sit--watch

discover secrets to
marvelous mysteries
  caterpillars changing into butterflies
   water freezing into snowflakes
    trees turning rain and sunlight into sweet sap

explore
fall in love 
with nature
keep passion 
for the environment
alive

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 
April 18 - Beneath My Feet
April 19 - Being Caribou 
April 21 - Fossils
April 22 - On the Brink
April 23 - Surtsey
April 24 - Up From the Dirt
April 25 - Black Holes
April 26 - Meant to be Noticed 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

NPM 2021 - Found Poem 28

Today's found poem comes from The Sky's the Limit: Stories of Discovery by Women and Girls, written by Catherine Thimmesh and illustrated by Melissa Sweet.

The Sky's the Limit

women
endowed with curiosity
 seek, explore, question 
   to dig up, to find out

despite scant recognition
in history books
 century after century
  day after day
   women are discoverers

unbound
 unhindered
  limitless
women--past and present--
 define the world

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 
April 18 - Beneath My Feet
April 19 - Being Caribou 
April 21 - Fossils
April 22 - On the Brink
April 23 - Surtsey
April 24 - Up From the Dirt
April 25 - Black Holes
April 26 - Meant to be Noticed 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

NPM 2021 - Found Poem 27

Today's found poem comes from The Secret Life of a Snowflake: An Up-Close Look at the Art & Science of Snowflakes, by Kenneth Libbrecht. Unlike other found poems I have written this month, this one uses words and phrases in an order that is sometimes different from the way they appear in the text.

snowflakes fall
  look close!
tiny ice flowers
float gently down
reflecting light 

wonderful shapes, each different
tumble through the clouds
  winter's secret beauty
   falling art and science

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 
April 18 - Beneath My Feet
April 19 - Being Caribou 
April 21 - Fossils
April 22 - On the Brink
April 23 - Surtsey
April 24 - Up From the Dirt
April 25 - Black Holes

Monday, April 26, 2021

NPM 2021 - Found Poem 26

Today's found poem comes from the New York Times article Some Male Birds Fly Under False Colors to Attract Mates, Study Suggests, written by Emily Anthes. Unlike other found poems I have written this month, this one uses words and phrases in an order that is sometimes different from the way they appear in the text.

Meant to be Noticed

elaborate feathers 
with optical effects
deep black plumage and 
splashes of color 
  electric yellows
   traffic-cone oranges
    nearly neon scarlets

a vibrantly colored male
alerts nearby females
he would make 
a standout mate  
in the game of 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 
April 16 - One Well
April 17 - Phytoplankton 
April 18 - Beneath My Feet
April 19 - Being Caribou 
April 21 - Fossils
April 22 - On the Brink
April 23 - Surtsey
April 24 - Up From the Dirt
April 25 - Black Holes

Sunday, April 25, 2021

NPM 2021 - Found Poem 25

Today's found poem comes from the New York Times article What Do You Call a Bunch of Black Holes: A Crush? A Scream? written by Dennis Overbye.

Black Holes

enigmatic entity
hungry
buzzing around a
cluster of stars
monstrous concentrations of
nothingness
streaming gas and energy
across space 
at nearly the speed of light
  black holes work
  violent magic

will everything wash down
the central vortex
flashing spectacularly bright?
  last blasts of light
  in the cosmos
  all vanishing in a
  darkening silent storm

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 
April 18 - Beneath My Feet
April 19 - Being Caribou 
April 21 - Fossils
April 22 - On the Brink
April 23 - Surtsey
April 24 - Up From the Dirt

Saturday, April 24, 2021

NPM 2021 - Found Poem 24

Today's found poem comes from the New York Times article One of the World’s Oldest Science Experiments Comes Up From the Dirt, written by Cara Giaimo.

Up From the Dirt

under cover of darkness, waiting
a botanist’s version of buried treasure
constellation of sleeping seeds
biding their time
hiding out in the soil

seed and soil
sown and watered
expect tender green shoots

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 
April 18 - Beneath My Feet
April 19 - Being Caribou 
April 21 - Fossils
April 22 - On the Brink
April 23 - Surtsey

Friday, April 23, 2021

Poetry Friday and NPM 2021 - Found Poem 23

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 Life on Surtsey: Iceland's Upstart Island, written by Loree Griffin Burns.

Surtsey

a volcano exploded
under the sea
gave birth to 
an island

arrived with no waring
it had been
six thousand years
(or more!)
since the last eruption

base grew wider
top grew taller
pushed up and out 
of the ocean
lava bombs rained down
piles of ash
cinder and rock
survived waves and wind

a second volcano
belched to life
molten lava 
flowing down
cooled, hardened
foundation protected
the island
would survive

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 
April 18 - Beneath My Feet
April 19 - Being Caribou 
April 21 - Fossils
April 22 - On the Brink

I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core. Happy Poetry Friday all!

Thursday, April 22, 2021

NPM 2021 - Found Poem 22

Today's found poem is another zentangle poem. Kat Apel does a really nice job describing them on her site. This is similar to blackout poetry, though doodles and lines are used to block and frame the words.

This poem was made from page 21 of Audubon's Birds of America published by The MacMillan Company in 1950. The introduction and descriptive captions were written by Ludlow Griscom. 

This seemed like an appropriate poem to share on Earth Day.
Here is a closeup of the page.
On the Brink

multitudes of wonders
  decimated
  vanished

in a lifetime
unconscious victims of
circumstances unfavorable

man does harm
for worse
without stopping
to think

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 
April 18 - Beneath My Feet
April 19 - Being Caribou 
April 21 - Fossils

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

NPM 2021 - Found Poem 21

Today's poem comes from Rare Treasure: Mary Anning and Her Remarkable Discoveries, written and illustrated by Don Brown.


Fossils

remains of plants and animals
  covered by dirt
  sink in mud

undisturbed for
millions of years
bones, shell
flat impressions in earth
  become stone

wind, water, high seas 
pummeled the shore 
 cliffs crumbled
 fossils revealed

astonishing find
rare clue to
life long ago
  knowledge unearthed

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 
April 18 - Beneath My Feet
April 19 - Being Caribou 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

NPM 2021 - Found Poem 20

Today's poem comes from My Season With Penguins: An Antarctic Journal, written and illustrated by Sophie Webb. 


Studying Adélie Penguins

Summer in
the Antarctic
a beautiful sunny day
with a bit of wind

restless sleep
twenty-four-hour daylight
we camp on sea ice in
tents and snow caves

Mount Erebus looms
fast ice ends abruptly
white edge against
dark blue water

pale ocher patch surrounded 
by dark gray rocks, speckled 
with black and white lumps

penguins squawk as they
make their first plunges
into the water 
long journey north, migrating
following the pack ice
as the Southern Ocean
begins to freeze

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 
April 18 - Beneath My Feet
April 19 - Being Caribou

Monday, April 19, 2021

NPM 2021 - Found Poem 19

Today's poem comes from Being Caribou: Five Months on Foot with a Caribou Herd, written and photographed by Karsten Heuer.


Being Caribou

no roads
no buildings
no human development
only trails carved
into the mountains
by a herd of caribou 

amazing migration
across hundreds of miles
strong together
despite blizzards,
bears, and wolves
moving from one valley
to the next
as if gravity
did not exist

throngs of caribou
following the shifting winds

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 
April 18 - Beneath My Feet

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.

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

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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
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10 Molly Hogan at Nix the Comfort Zone
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14 Susan Bruck at Soul Blossom Living
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18 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
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