Hello all. I've been away for a while, so I'm happy to be back and hosting this week. I lost my mother on June 30th and am still mourning her. I feel adrift, or perhaps untethered is a better word. I've had a hard time writing, starting many poems but finding myself unable to follow through and finish them. I have, however, been reading and reflecting.
Today I'd like to share a poem by Barbara Crooker.
is a river you wade in until you get to the other side.
But I am here, stuck in the middle, water parting
around my ankles, moving downstream
over the flat rocks. I'm not able to lift a foot,
move on. Instead, I'm going to stay here
in the shallows with my sorrow, nurture it
like a cranky baby, rock it in my arms.
Read the poem in its entirety.
I'm rounding things up old school today, so please leave your link in the comments and I'll add you to the post throughout the day. Happy poetry Friday all.
Linda Mitchell of A Word Edgewise shares the poem The Office Building by Helen Hoyt.
Jama Rattigan is back from her summer blog break and is sharing Mary Oliver's dog poems.
Michelle Kogan shares an original poem entitled Winged Harvest-Eating.
Matt Forrest Essenwine shares an original poem about food at the fair.
Jone MacCulloch shares a photo accompanied by an original poem and a reminder.
Robyn Hood Black shares an original poem, a poetic excerpt by Shelley, and a 9-11 remembrance.
Linda Baie of Teacher Dance shares a book review and an original poem for 9-11.
At Gathering Books, Myra is sharing the poem A New Language by Casandra Lopez.
Catherine Flynn of Reading to the Core shares the poem The Web by Alison Hawthorne Deming.
Becky Herzog of Sloth Reads shares a number of original poems written for her Poemtember poetry list.
Alan Wright of Poetry Pizzazz is playing with form and shares an original rondelet.
Carol Varsalona of Beyond Literacy Link shares original poems on 9-11.
Kat Apel shares the poem Farewell Town by Fan Yun and an original poem she wrote in Chines. (Don't worry, it's translated!)
At Unexpected Intersections, Elisabeth Norton shares her poetic thoughts on history and timelines.
Amy Ludwig VanDerwater of The Poem Farm shares an original poem entitled Make a Line.
Ruth of There is no such thing as a God-foresaken town shares Sonnet 73 by Shakespeare.
At Reflections on the Teche, Margaret Simon shares an original poem entitled My Favorite Things.
Janice Scully of Salt City Verse shares information on the Carnegie Library and an original poem entitled If Not For the Library and Books.
Susan Thomsen of Chicken Spaghetti shares information about the book The Best American Poetry 2021, which comes out at the end of September.
Mary Lee Hahn of A(nother) Year of Reading shares an original sonnet entitled Summer's End.
Karen Edmisten shares the poem Ode to Teachers by Pat Mora.
At The Apples in My Orchard, Carol shares an original poem entitled Goldenrod Prairie Walk.
Joann Early Macken shares an original chimney swift haiku and a video she filmed of a bird cloud funneling into a chimney.
Denise Krebs of Dare to Care shares two original poems about faith in dark times.
Heidi Mordhorst of my juicy little universe is sharing an original poem entitled Back to School.