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National Poetry Month, Day 21

 

Today's poem was inspired by What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms, and Blessings by Joyce Sidman--one of my favorite poetry collections.

 

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National Poetry Month, Day 16

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National Poetry Month, Day 14

 

Today's haiku was inspired by My Thoughts Are Clouds: Poems for Mindfulness by Georgia Heard, The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, and something my dad used to say.

 

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National Poetry Month, Day 11

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National Poetry Month, Day 7

 

Today's riddle-ku is inspired by Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasons by Laura Purdie Salas. Do check it out, especially if you'd like to write your own. It includes helpful instructions!

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National Poetry Month, Day 2

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National Poetry Month, Day 1!

Happy National Poetry Month! Happy Poetry Friday! Heidi Mordhost hosts today's comprehensive and luscious Roundup at My Juicy Little Universe. Enjoy!

 

 

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Chimney Swifts Drop In!

Chimney swifts roost together in fall before beginning their long migration.

 

 

Dusk. Look up. Listen:
whirling, chippering bird cloud.
Chimney swifts drop in.

 

Watch the video! 

 

You can find out more about chimney swifts from All About Birds or Audubon.

 

Today's Poetry Friday Roundup is at The Miss Rumphius Effect. Enjoy!

 

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Backyard Visitor, 8.30.21

 

hummingbird dashes
between socks and pajamas
clothesline obstacles

 

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Hillside Gardening, 8.22.21

 

perfect weeding day
except I keep misplacing
my garden trowel

 

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Morning Walk, 8.20.21

 

first one up the stairs
breaks through all the spider webs
after you, my dear

 

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April 30 Poems & Poetry Friday!

 

Happy Poetry Friday! In honor of the final day of National Poetry Month 2021, I'm posting three gardening haiku. Alas, this blog format allows only one photo per post; trust that they are all based on my personal experience. 

 

 

annual promise

I will pick my own tulips

before squirrels do

 

 

before it's too late

cage erupting peonies

corral the glory

 

 

whatever we plant

in our homemade compost

tomatoes come up

 

 

I'm happy to report that I've written and posted a poem each day for National Poetry Month. Please read on to see more!

 

I also wrote a guest post for Rochelle Melander's Write Now Coach blog about how you might turn a poem into a picture book.

 

Today's Poetry Friday Roundup is at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme. Enjoy!

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April 29 Poem

 

hyacinth perfume
follows me down the sidewalk
generous neighbor

 

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April 28 Poem

 

embrace abundance
time to catch up on reading
all those open tabs

 

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April 27 Poem

 

DIY lip balm
reusing old containers
no more plastic tubes

 

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April 26 Poem

 

Must all kitchens be
built for tall people? Forget
stepstools. Make them duck!

 

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April 25 Poem

 

marsh marigolds line
ephemeral waterway
mapping the flow

 

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April 24 Poem

 

winter survivors:
milkweed, lilacs, columbine,
maple trees, and me

 

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April 23 Poem & Poetry Friday!

 

hugs from my sister
+ 45 dinners packed
= well-spent day

 

I'm posting a poem each day for National Poetry Month. Read on to see more!

 

Today's Poetry Friday Roundup is at Reading to the Core. Enjoy!

 

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April 22 Poem

 

oh to spend mornings
marveling at mayapples
best use of my time

 

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April 20 Poem

 

bright constellation
dandelion cluster spreads
conquers outer space

 

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April 19 Poem

 

giant snails return
weather forecast mentions snow
good thing they have homes

 

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April 17 Poem

 

after the face masks
my hands still remember how
to make shopping bags

 

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April 16 Poem

 

skull-and-crossbones signs
would give a clearer warning
of the danger here

 

Today's Poetry Friday Roundup is at Jama's Alphabet Soup. Visit, read, enjoy! 

 

Read on--more National Poetry Month poems below!

 

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April 15 Poem

 

favorite gardens
+ view of water =
daily walking routes


Today's Equation Poem was inspired by Laura Purdie Salas. She's posting one every day on her website for National Poetry Month. And don't miss Laura's brilliant book Snowman - Cold = Puddle: Spring Equations.

 

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April 14 Poem

 

open this little
brown leather wallet and find
magic coins inside

 

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April 13 Poem

 

I.
I raked the front hill
still some weeding to do but
the front hill is raked


II.
I slept well last night
remarkable clarity
this morning's thinking

 

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April 12 Poem

 

no amount of nudge
can convince this dog to budge
when she stops we stop

 

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April 11 Poem

 

election's over
but one yard sign still displays
its timeless message

 

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April 10 Poem

 

10-year warranty—
if they're so durable, why
wrap them in plastic?

 

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April 9 Poem, Poetry Friday, & Book Giveaway Reminder!

 

just a little bit
out of my way this fine view
neighbor's hellebores

 

Tabatha Yeatts is hosting today's Poetry Friday Roundup at The Opposite of Indifference. Enjoy!

 

And remember to enter the Book Giveaway of my new picture book Grow, illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman and published by Boyds Mills & Kane, at the Teaching Authors blog. Good luck!

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April 8 Poem

 

haiku in progress
what I want to say won't fit
maybe tomorrow

 

 

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April 7 Poem

 

I never label
my plants. Oh, look—Pasqueflowers!
I love surprises.

 

 

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April 5 Poem

 

nose-to-nose greeters
side-by-side sidewalk walkers
puppy-pounce playpals

 

 

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April 3 Poem

 

heading home again
leaving sunset behind us
miss you already

 

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